How do we involve the congregation and the parents in confirmation?(back to top)
In addition to Questions Parents Ask About Confirmation, three other resources will be helpful:
TalkPoints for Mentors and Youth and TalkPoints for Parents and Youth provide an easy-to-use structure that fosters one-on-one conversations related to faith.
Claiming the Name: A Theological and Practical Overview of Confirmation gives planners outlines for parents' meetings and for training mentors as well as other great ideas for congregational involvement.
Other than length, what are the differences among the 6-15 week, the 39 week, and the 8 week teaching plans?
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All three have the same goals: to help youth claim the name Christian and claim the name United Methodist. All three deal with many of the same basics that relate to those goals. However, with 39 weeks, more will be available. The other key difference is in the teaching approach. Both the 6–15 week and the 39-week plans engage learners, but each has a distinct style. The 8 week plans draw from both of the other teaching plans, but organize the activities in a step-by-step format. The 8 week plans also coordinate with the Student Book most closely.
8 week plan
6-15 week plan
39 week plan
Or choose the 8-week plans and add to them, especially from
What are the differences between the Student Book and the Keepsake Books for the students? Do I need to buy both?(back to top)
The two types of student materials serve different purposes. The Student Book is a workbook-style resource with various write-in activities, such as fill in the blank, crosswords, tools and matching. These are good educational reinforcement for what has been presented and talked about in class.
The Keepsake Books are booklets for reading. They take fairly "heavy" theological and historical content and simplify it (for example, sin and salvation). Having the books in hand and to take home gives youth access to that content so that they can re-read it and refer to it again. The back page of each book has a place for a pastor, mentor, parent, or other interested adult or older youth to write a personal note, which the confirmand will want to have as keepsake.
If you are using the 8-week teaching plans, you will definitely need the Student Book since it is the primary organizing principle. For the other two plans, the Student Book is supplementary. How you use depends on your teaching-style preference and your understanding of your group.
The Keepsakes are integrated into all three teaching plans.
How do I keep students coming after confirmation?
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After confirmation where did they go? If that is a question your church is asking, here are three key areas to consider and some practical suggestions:
1. Ask, What’s different about confirmation? For one thing, young persons get a sense that it’s important. Are they getting that same message about youth Sunday school? about participation in worship as part of the congregation?
• Show and tell your youth that continuing to learn as Christians is crucial to a faithful journey. Speak out on the subject from the pulpit. Make Sunday school a big deal as well as an expectation.
• Help Sunday school teachers do their best. Provide training, great resources, and a teammate for teaching and relating to the youth.
• In sermons use illustrations and examples that speak to teens as well as those that are “adult.” As the pastor, meet with some of the youth about the sermon ahead of time and ask them for connections and ideas to use when you preach.