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.
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:
The Fall Retreat covers:
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.
For questions or concerns about the Confirmation Retreat, please contact Allison Sligh.