The word “confirmation” means to make strong, to strengthen,
to make firm. We use it to entitle a
specific rite by which the church seeks to strengthen the spiritual faith,
stance, and convictions of those being confirmed. Like so many or our spiritual acts,
confirmation can be consider from three sides: the God side, the church side,
and the adherent side.
Confirmation is actually a rite acted in worship. The church
lays hands upon the adherent and prays for his/her spiritual vitality. It is
associated with baptism, and it assumes the baptism of all who are to be
confirmed. For some, baptism and confirmation can be immediately sequential.
For others, years might separate two acts. God uses the church to baptize and
The adherent, in confirmation, affirms the vows of his/her
baptism. In summary, the vows express repentance -- turning from sin and
turning to God, confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord,
acceptance of the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and accountability in the
church of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God, through the Holy Spirit, acts directly
within the adherent and indirectly through the church. Where there is a public
profession of faith, God enabled it. Incorporation into the body of Christ by
baptism is a divine act. Strengthening, as confirmation seeks, is the work of
God’s Holy Spirit through the Church. The Church proclaims the Gospel and
invites a profession of faith. The Church baptizes in the Name of the Holy
Trinity. The Church hears and receives the vows. The Church lays on hands.
Regarding the three sides, the adherent professes, the
church baptizes and confirms, and God unites the person with the body and
strengthens him/her for a life in Christ and in service to Christ.
Our Confirmation studies will begin in February, 2022, and
Confirmation will occur on the Day of Pentecost, June 5, 2022. We invite any middle or high school student
who is unconfirmed to participate. Confirmation
begins Tuesday, February 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesdays March 1, April 12, and
April 19, we will not meet.
Confirmands are expected
To attend Sunday worship, Ash Wednesday
(March 2), Maundy Thursday (April 14), Good Friday (April 15),
To attend the Tuesday sessions,
To attend another spiritual formation
group like Sunday School or Ignite,
To read the Gospel of Luke, and
To give 5 hours in Christian service
between February 1 and May 24.
Students who are already confirmed are welcome to
participate. Upon completion of the sessions, each student will be need to
decide whether or not he or she is ready to be confirmed.
Confirmation seeks to strengthen what is already graciously
occurring in a student’s life. The classes seek to give clarity and explanation
to God’s work and to help develop a lifetime of Christian formation. Both David A. Banks and Jacob Hardin can
address your questions.