Greetings in Christ! It is a blessing to have your student be part of Confirmation 2016-2017! We forward to witnessing the ways the Holy Spirit shapes and molds each one into stronger disciples of Jesus Christ through this ancient and exciting practice.
Confirmation Class happens every Sunday primarily during the 10:00 a.m. hour between the worship services in the Junior High Room (near the gym). Only by working together weekly can we as a group answer some of the important questions raised by God through the Confirmation journey. Attending most classes and events is necessary to be confirmed. Confirmation begins on Sunday, August 21,
Worship Field Trips
Roughly once a month we will have a "Worship Field Trip" to varied local congregations. Most of these will occur during Gary Church's two worship times. One will occur on a Friday and another on a Saturday. I will ask each family to help drive for at least one Worship Field Trip during the year as our Gary Church Van will be used to pick up those who cannot drive to worship on Sunday mornings.
We will also have three retreats: the “Gary Youth/Confirmation Kickoff Retreat,” the “Gary Youth/Confirmation Winter Retreat” and the “Confirmation Mini-Retreat Finale.” More information on those events can be found in the “Field Trip & Retreats Handout” and in future e-mails.
Roughly once a month the Confirmands will have guided discussion or "Sponsor Talks" with the Confirmation Sponsors assigned them. It’s a wonderful way to learn
Service and Mission
We will have the opportunity to go on a couple Service & Mission events during the spring semester. We are currently working with service agencies for times (we are beholden to their time schedule) and will notify you of such opportunities as they are finalized this fall semester.
A way Confirmands serve Christ in worship at Gary Church is through being acolytes. Many of the Confirmation Class served as acolytes in seventh grade. However, we will take time as part of our class to train everyone. A schedule will be provided by the Church Office soon.
TalkingPoints© for Parents and Youth and Confirmation Journals
TalkingPoints© is one of the most important parts of the Confirmation journey! It is an opportunity for you and your student to discover the story of God’s faith, love, and salvation in each other’s lives. We ask you go through one lesson sometime each month. It will be given to your student (as well as a Confirmation Journal) when we begin. Pastor Brian will provide you with two extra lessons for the months of December and March (one each for the themes of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter).
We are so excited for the gift of your student in God’s Kingdom! If you have any questions at any time, feel free to contact Pastor Brian via e-mail ( ) or phone (work, (630) 668-3100 ext 107; mobile, (630) 407-7555)! May you have a blessed time on this journey with Christ!
Please fill out the following Confirmation Class Registration and Permission Slip.