Confirmation at OUUMC is a three-month journey offered to sixth graders and other youth who have not already joined the church. Every child going through confirmation is assigned an adult mentor. Together they explore the Christian faith by attending classes, field trips, worship services and a retreat at Camp Lake Stephens sponsored by The United Methodist Mississippi Annual Conference. Contact Rev. Chris McAlilly (email@example.com) or Youth Director Kelly Fenwick, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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What is a Confirmation Mentor?
A mentor is an adult who acts as a guide and special friend to a confirmand:
- needs to be someone of mature faith who can serve as a guide and companion on this important part of their journey of faith.
- is someone who will encourage your child to express his or her faith and questions openly.
- needs to be the kind of person who listens and who recognizes that he or she is still growing in the faith, rather than an “I have all the answers kind of adult.”
- needs to be a member of our church, and, generally speaking, girls need to women as mentors and boys need men as mentors. However, that is not always the case. Some of our best mentor/confirmand relationships have been of the opposite gender.
The mentor you select will need to be willing to:
- establish a meaningful relationship with his/her confirmand.
- pray for his/her confirmand and all who are part of the confirmation experience.
- attend 10 weekly confirmation sessions every Sunday afternoon (3:30-5:30 p.m.)
- attend worship with his/her confirmand as much as possible.
- schedule times outside of church to hang out with their confirmand.
- always inform their confirmand in advance if they will not be able to attend a Sunday session and reschedule a time to make up the missed lesson.
- participate in Confirmation Sunday Worship service and attend the luncheon following the service on that Sunday.
- agree to complete a background check in accordance with our church’s Safe Sanctuary policy.
A word of encouragement:
Sometimes parents are hesitant to ask someone to serve as their child’s mentor once they see how much time and effort is required of the mentor. Please take a leap of faith and ask someone anyway. Let the person know upfront how much is being asked of them, and then trust that he or she will be honest about whether or not he/she can follow through. Experience has proven that the mentors often get as much out the the Confirmation journey as the confirmands.
It is also tempting to pick a family member to serve as your child’s mentor. We discourage this because it is important that your child establish meaningful Christian relationships outside of his/her family.
Our church does have a list of people who have volunteered to serve as Confirmation mentors. Chris McAlilly and Kelly Fenwick can let you know who these people are. Also, if you need assistance with selecting a mentor for your child, please contact Chris or Kelly.