The fall and spring Confirmation Retreats are designed for those young people who are learning more about what it means to follow Christ and to make a profession of faith. Each retreat will be a weekend of learning through a variety of educational experiences and presentations by leaders in the conference, inspiring worship, some fun and games, and times for the youth to reflect on their faith and their desire to follow Christ and join the United Methodist Church. There will be large group experiences as well as small group times.
The Confirmation Retreats are designed primarily for 6th-8th graders, but can include senior high if they have not yet been confirmed. Some youth groups bring older youth as "student counselors" and that's fine if you structure your church's confirmation experience that way.
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Fall Confirmation Kickoff Retreat - September 23-25, 2016
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Whether your church starts Confirmation in the fall, after Christmas, or in the following spring, the beginning of the fall calendar is a great time to gather those who are looking toward confirmation. You and your adult leaders can start to develop relationships and begin pointing youth toward a focus on where God has been working in their lives.
That is why building relationships and looking at the journey so far are the key themes for this retreat. You'll gather with youth groups from other churches around the conference but at the same time you'll concentrate on your own group building and how God is already a part of the lives of your youth. We've even got Camp Glisson staff coming to lead some "low elements innitiatives" activities which help develop communication and leadership skills in your group.
Cost for the retreat is $125 if you register and pay by August 15th. After that date the cost goes up to $140. This covers supplies, housing, four meals (three on Saturday and one on Sunday morning - mmm, Cinnamon Roll Sunday).
Diverse Worship Opportunities in your District
One of the great things about the United Methodist Church is its diversity. Within the UMC you will find various sizes of churches, differing beliefs that still fit with our Christian doctrine, urban and rural (and suburban) congregations, and congregations that meet in traditional style church buildings as well as shopping malls or coffee shops.
We also find different styles of worship and cultures in the United Methodist Church, and even though your youth might be accustomed to worshiping in the style they find at your church, it is important that we help our young people embrace the blessing of our diverse cultures within our denomination.
There are various opportunities for your group to experience a different styles of worship within your district. These opportunities are available throughout the year (from October through April). You are more than welcome to set up your own visits to other congregations. Keep in mind that it sometimes helps if the pastors of these churches know that they will be having visitors on a particular day. As you take your group to visit another congregation, let us know how it goes by dropping us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2017 Confirmation Retreat focuses on the vow
The Spring Confirmation Retreat has been a formidable part of the confirmation experience for hundreds of youth for years, and we hope you and your group will consider registering for this year's retreat to be held at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center on March 3-5, 2017. During the weekend your youth will focus on the vow they will soon make when joining the church - supporting the church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service. They will also learn about the unique blessings of being United Methodist and what it means to be a part of a connectional church.
The weekend retreat setting is powerful in that your youth will build stronger ties to each other and to your adults who participate. Worship, dynamic speakers and teachers, games, meaningful instruction, music, small groups, and a diverse group of youth from all over the conference will be enjoyed on this retreat weekend.
Cost for the retreat is $125 if you register and pay by January 15th. After that date the cost goes up to $145. This covers supplies, housing, four meals, and some great worship and learning.
Click here to register your group for the Spring Retreat.
Questions about registering?
Contact Pam Higgins at email@example.com
Questions about the retreat content?
Contact Anjie Peek-Woodworth at firstname.lastname@example.org