Hello Confirmands and Families,
Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Confirmation is just around the corner and here’s all the information you need to know as we head toward Confirmation Sunday, May 7, 2017. This Sunday, March 26, is our last regular Sunday morning Confirmation lesson.
As part of the Confirmation process each confirmand is required to have a conversation with Corey Dao-Forrester, our Duke Youth Ministry Intern, or myself. These conversations will last between 15-30 minutes. During this time the prospective confirmand will be asked if they are ready to profess their faith in Jesus Christ in front of the congregation and to take their membership vows. These conversational interviews are casual and relaxed and will be discussions of what each person learned from the Confirmation process. As always, the decision to be confirmed is entirely up to the individual.
All confirmands are asked to use Sign-Up Genius to select a time for his or her pastoral interview. Please click here to access the interview sign-ups. You will be signing up for a time slot that Corey or I have made available for this interview. You will not know which of us you have been assigned until you come for the interview. But don’t worry – we’re nice and easygoing! You will be met in the church lobby at your interview time. Parents are welcome to wait in the church lobby as the interview is taking place.
To help us navigate Confirmation Sunday morning we will have a rehearsal in the sanctuary on Sunday, April 30, 2017, right after UMYF at 7:00 – 8:00pm. Each confirmand will need to have an adult representative present with them at the rehearsal. The rehearsal is for everyone who will be confirmed in all services including the sanctuary services, the 1st on Chatham services, or the Celebration service. All questions about what will happen during worship, including questions about those being baptized, will be answered at the rehearsal.
Each confirmand can sign up to be confirmed at any of our 6 worship services on May 7, 2017. Due to space restraints a maximum of 15 confirmands will be confirmed at each of the sanctuary services. Please click here to access the Sign-Up Genius and choose the worship service you will attend. If the service you choose is full then please sign up for a different worship service that morning.
Baptism comes before being confirmed. If your confirmand is not yet baptized, they will be baptized before taking their membership vows as part of Confirmation Sunday. The discussion on baptism will take place during the pastoral interview. On Confirmation Sunday please plan on wearing what you would typically wear to church on Sunday mornings.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Corey at email@example.com, or call the church office at (919) 467-1861. You will continue to be in our prayers.
Grace and Peace,
Checklist for Confirmation Sunday, May 7, 2017
___ Sign-up to attend a Pastoral Interview – here
___ Sign-up to be confirmed at one of our 6 worship services – here
___ Come to the Confirmation Sunday rehearsal on Sunday, April 30, at 7:00pm in the sanctuary