Confirmation

At University Presbyterian Church, youth are invited to engage in a year of study before they join the church as a member. Over the course of this year, our youth learn what it means to be a member in a church and gain a foundational understanding of how the church has come to be and why that is relevant to their lives. Youth are encouraged to ask tough questions and learn how to sit with answers that are often not black and white. Our teachers are not experts but are fellow sojourners along the path of faith. Youth learn a great deal of information that aids them in faith formation and helps them build a vocabulary of faith so that they may speak their faith in a way that is authentic to their individual selves. In April, youth decide if they’d like to officially join the church and complete the Confirmation process, confirming the vows made on their behalf at baptism. Want to know more? Check out our Confirmation FAQs here.

For the 2021-2022 year, Confirmation will be for 8th and 9th graders in a combined class. Class meets in the Youth Center on Sundays at 9:45 am. Masks are required by all. 

Most lessons this year are from the Theocademy Curriculum. Theocademy Confirmation is structured to cover the “Great Themes of the Reformed Tradition” as found in the Book of Order (F-2.05).

2021-22 Confirmation Schedule

(Subject to change as the Spirit moves)

Oct 3:  “Brainwashing” (What is Confirmation?)

Oct 10:  “Not the Boss of Me” (Sovereignty of God)

Oct 17: “Get it and Give it” (Grace and Gratitude)

Oct 24: “Keeping it Real” (The Sacraments)

Oct 31: “#DFTBA” (God’s Providence)

Nov 7: “Deal With It” (Election/Predestination)

Nov 14: “Blessed to be a Blessing” (Election of the People to Service)

Nov 21: No class – Advent Craft Festival 

Nov 28: No Sunday School – Happy Thanksgiving 

Dec 5: Stories and Songs in the Sanctuary – all ages are invited to gather in the Sanctuary at 9:45am for a Christmas story or two and carols. We’ll exit to the porch at 10:30am for coffee, hot chocolate and treats. 

Dec 12:  Stories and Songs in the Sanctuary – all ages are invited to gather in the Sanctuary at 9:45am for a Christmas story or two and carols. We’ll exit to the porch at 10:30am for coffee, hot chocolate and treats. 

Dec 19:  Stories and Songs in the Sanctuary – all ages are invited to gather in the Sanctuary at 9:45am for a Christmas story or two and carols. We’ll exit to the porch at 10:30am for coffee, hot chocolate and treats. 

Dec 26: no class – Merry Christmas! 

Jan 2: no class – Happy New Year! 

Jan 9:  no class due to Omicron

Jan 16: no class due to Omicron

Jan 23: Zoom class – “Reconciled to God” (Election of the People for Salvation)

Jan 30: Zoom class – “Bound Together” (A Covenant Life)

Feb 6: “Decent and in Order” (Covenant: An Ordered Life)

Feb 13: “The Word and the word” (Covenant: Life According to the Word of God)

Saturday, Feb 19: Confirmand and Mentor Retreat at UPC (10am-4pm) 

Feb 20: “All Good Gifts” (Faith Stewardship), Mentors attend.

Feb 27: “BLING!” (Shunning Ostentation), Mentors attend.

Wed, Mar 2: Attend Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30pm – Attend with your mentor!

Mar 6: Lent, Mentors attend

Mar 13: no class – Youth Sunday 

Mar 20: “Very Good” (Proper Use of God’s Creation), Mentors attend.

Mar 27: no class – attend the Spring Break Service trip

April 3:  “No good, dirty sinner” (Human Sinfulness), Mentors attend

April 10: “Idol Factories and Tyrants” (Sinfulness: Idolatry and Tyranny), Mentors attend

April 14 & 15: Attend the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Service with your mentor or family.

April 17: no class – Happy Easter – Statement of Faith due 4/18

April 24: “Ministry of Reconciliation” (Called to work for Transformation), Session Examination at Lunch (required!) 

May 1:  Confirmation Sunday at 11am worship, rehearsal at 9:45am

May 8:The PCUSA and Liturgical Seasons

 May 15: Science and Faith,