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...

Spring and Fall 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

- Significant in faith development of adolesence is the opportunity to talk about one's faith and ask questions. The retreat sessions are with your own group helping youth discover their own faith journey and story and enabling them to speak their stories with the rest of the group. Youth will hear other youth staff tell their own faith stories, be led in looking at their own stories of how God's prevenient grace has already been moving in their lives, and experience the members and leaders from your own Confirmation group tell their own faith stories. 

- Activities are 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" or "ex-cons" and that's fine if you structure your church's confirmation experience that way.

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Upcoming Fall Retreat Registration Info:
 

If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please email Ian Lloyd at ian@ngcrm.org or call the Camp Glisson office at 706-864-6181.

Please note the following important information:

Fall Confirmation Retreat – October 1-3, 2021

  1. Final Numbers, Group Deposits, and Final Payment is due on September 10th. Any numbers dropped prior to Sept. 10th will only be charged $30 (the loss of the deposit). Numbers dropped after Sept. 10th, payment will still be expected in full. Final payment will be due on this date for the spots the church has registered. To delete spots before this deadline, email ian@ngcrm.org.

  2. Pending availability, additional spots may be requested up until September 17th. To add spots before this deadline, email ian@ngcrm.org.

  3. All participant names and food allergies must be entered into the registration system by September 17th. (Cinch bags instead of t-shirts are given out for the fall retreat.)

 

Detailed Registration Information

 

First, complete the Fall Confirmation Retreat Pre-Registration Form in order to begin the registration process. Your information will then be input into the registration system. 

 

Pending availability, you will then receive an email with important information to pay your deposit and complete the registration process. Please note that these requested spots are not reserved until your deposit has been paid. 

 

To manage your group’s registration (name attendees, submit allergy information, etc.) and pay your balance, please follow the below instructions:

 

  1. Login to your account at this link. If you do not have an account or cannot see the Fall Confirmation Retreat Registration option, email ian@ngcrm.org.

  2. Under your retreat registration listing, click the Manage Attendees button. You can also pay your deposit or final balance by selecting Make Payment.

  3. Click the blue + Invite Attendee under each attendee category, and then either:

    1. Click Invite Attendee (this allows you to send an email to the parent/guardian of the attendee or to the adult chaperone allowing them to input their information)

    2. Click Name Attendee (this allows you to select an attendee that has come to a retreat with you before OR input the information of a new attendee)

      1. You will need the name, birthdate, gender, and any food allergies the attendee may have.

 

**Our system guards against duplicates and will not allow you to add a participant to your account if they have any previous registration history in our system (summer camp or past retreats); if this applies to someone you are trying to add, please email ian@ngcrm.org**

 

Please note that your requested spots will not be reserved until your group’s deposit has been received.

 

If you would like to add or remove spots from your reservation, please email ian@ngcrm.org or call the Glisson Office at 706-864-6181.

 

Cost is $150 per person. (Early Bird price of $135 before August 15th)

Camp Glisson
690 Camp Glisson Road

Dahlonega, GA  30533


 

 
Click here for required paperwork for groups attending any upcoming retreat

 


 

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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.

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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 (and encouraged) to set up your own visits to other congregations. Keep in mind that it sometimes helps if the pastors of these churches know 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.