Confirmation Resources

Sponsored by the North Georgia Conference Youth Ministries

While it is important that youth who are growing in their faith begin to feel a connection with the local church community as well as with God's presence in that community, it is also important that you and the adults in your church have the ability to focus on the relationships you are building with those youth and not be so concerned about taking care of the schedule, the planning, and the content of some of the confirmation experience.

That's why we have arranged some great environments for you and your leaders to concentrate on the relationships with your students and leave the "particulars" up to us. Take a look at some of the opportunities available to you as you structure how you are going to confirm your youth in their faith...

Confirmation Retreats

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 is different, but each 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 Spring Retreat covers:

- Dynamic and interactive worship and sessions studying the Confirmation vows youth will be asked to give (prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness)

- A session on our connectional church - the blessings of us being connected to each other, how we are connected, why our diversity is important and necessary, and what makes your congregation unique

- Activities for your group to bond and connect as well as recognize the unique qualities and calling of your congregation in the midst of our connection

The Fall Retreat covers:

- Sessions with your own group helping youth discover their own faith journey and story and enabling them to share their stories with the rest of the group

- Activities especially designed to build trust and unity with your newly formed Confirmation group

- Worship centered on God's prevenient grace and how God interacts with us

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.

Upcoming Retreat Dates:

Spring 2019 - March 8-10 (Click here to register now)
​Register and pay by January 15th, 2019, to receive $15 off each person registered.

Click here for required paperwork for groups attending any upcoming retreat 
 
Fall 2019 - September 27-29 (Registration opens Spring of 2019)
 

Do you want to be a part of the Confirmation Retreat staff?

We have a great time planning and carrying out these powerful retreats. If you're interested in serving on the volunteer staff for any of these retreats, apply here.

 

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 sam.halverson@ngumc.net.