Confirmation / 6th Grade Sunday School
Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am, Room 227 • Sept 2, 2018 - May 26, 2019
Class Information for Students
Confirmation is a course offered during the 6th grade year, September-May, (and periodically for youth) where students learn the fundamentals of the Christian faith and United Methodist history during their Sunday school classes. Periodic Sunday night gatherings and a late night event in September allow the group to have fun together, serve in missions and be introduced to the youth program to help make a smooth transition to youth activities in the summer.
The Confirmation year culminates in late April/early May with a worship service where students publicly profess their faith in God through Jesus Christ, affirm their baptism vows, and become confirmed as members of First United Methodist Church Richardson. We believe that we are saved by God's grace through our faith, so this public profession marks the moment of justification/salvation that begins the lifelong process of sanctification - growing more and more like Christ until we genuinely love God and our neighbor in all that we do. Children who have not yet been baptized can receive baptism prior to the Confirmation worship service by scheduling it with Leslie Kring, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.996.0142.
Parent/student information meetings are held prior to the program starting each year. Volunteers are needed to help teach the classes and assist with special events. Contact by email or phone at 972-996-0129 to learn more.
Confirmation Rehearsal - Thurs, May 2, 2019 7:00 pm, Sanctuary - Required
Confirmation Service - Sat, May 4, 2019 4:30 pm, Sanctuary - Required
Confirmation Membership Recognition - Sun, May 5, 2019 at the 11AM Worship Service - Required
One of the important ways in which 5th and 6th grade students participate in worship at FUMCR is to serve as acolytes for services in the Sanctuary. Students are trained on what to do and how to do it so that they will be comfortable in helping worship be meaningful for all who attend.
What is an acolyte?!?!?
"Jesus said: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). The presence of the light reminds us of Jesus' coming into our world and into our lives. The light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of Jesus' coming into the presence of the worshiping community. Many congregations use two candles on the altar to point out that Jesus was both a human being and God. At the end of the service, the light is carried out into the world to show that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere; the acolyte leaves the worship service at the pastor's direction, carrying out the lighted candlelighter. This symbolizes the light of Jesus Christ going out into the world where believers are to serve."
~From Worship Matters: A United Methodist Guide to Worship Work, Vol. II by E. Bryon Anderson
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