In the United Methodist Church, baptism typically occurs during infanthood, and confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. At the Service of Confirmation, which takes place at the end of the classes, confirmands publicly declare their decision to live as a Christian.
Confirmation classes are completed prior to a service of confirmation in which the confirmands become members of the church through professing their faith.
All members of the United Methodist Church must profess the following, as found in paragraph 217 of the Book of Discipline.
- To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin;
- To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
- To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord;
- To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world;
- To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
- To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;
- To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
Confirmation, in the UMC, is based upon three fundamental understandings. This is Your Baptismal Liturgy defines these three aspects as:
- God confirms the divine promise to those who were too young to grasp what God was doing in their baptism,
- They respond by professing their own acceptance of the grace they have received and their own faith in Christ,
- The church, as represented by this congregation, confirms the commitments they make.
At First UMC, eighth graders are invited to participate in Confirmation classes. First UMC has outlined specific attendance expectations that are part of confirmation. Individuals who are in confirmation class are expected to attend Sunday School, worship, confirmation, youth group and field trips, and a mission trip.
Adults who are interested in becoming members of First UMC complete a new member orientation.
If you have questions about confirmation class or would like to become a member, please contact Pastor Julie using the contact form below.
Note: Information about confirmation adapted from the page Beyond baptism: What confirmation means to United Methodists, written by Joe Iovino.