August 24, 2019 by Angela Becek
Confirmation at Leesburg UMC is a process by which young people experience fellowship with other youth, practice various forms of serving the poor, learn about the faith and have a lot of fun exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Over the course of a year, students are exposed to various spiritual disciplines, including prayer, Bible study, serving the poor, fellowship, worship, the Sacraments and more. As they further their commitment throughout their teen years, these Means of Grace will become part of who they are, inviting the Holy Spirit to continue working within them.
Confirmation begins with receiving a new Youth Bible and Youth t-shirt on Youth Sunday but the first real event is the Mini Retreat.
Throughout the summer months, youth are encouraged to participate in various fellowship activities to get acquainted with the other kids and leaders. Mini SPY is a great opportunity to practice serving and really get to know the others in the group.
Confirmation is structure around an hours-based system. Each activity is worth a certain number of hours (sometimes a one hour activity might allow to accumulate 3 hours in the various disciplines) in each of the following disciplines, which are vital to spiritual development:
Each person seeking Confirmation in a given year (the service is generally the first Saturday in June at 7:30 pm) is required to attend the Confirmation Retreat that spring (typically the third weekend in April, except when that’s Palm Sunday or Easter weekend).
This gives you more freedom to choose how you’ll fulfill the requirements and over how much time.
What does Confirmation mean in the United Methodist Church?
Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. After a person completes Confirmation, they become a voting member of the United Methodist Church. Learn more here.
How old does a confirmand need to be?
We recommend beginning the Confirmation process by sixth grade and completing all of the requirements by eighth grade, however we have had some older and younger students get confirmed.
Can I complete all the requirements in one year?