Confirmation at OUUMC is a year-long journey offered to seventh graders and other youth. It is a time of intentional Christian formation exploring the Christian faith through asking questions, worshipping, studying with friends and mentors, serving, and participating in new experiences. Contact Rev. Chris McAlilly (email@example.com) or Youth Director Kelly Fenwick, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2017-2018 Forms for Parents
What is a Confirmation Mentor?
A mentor is an adult who acts as a spiritual guide and 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.
- 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.
What is expected of a Confirmation Mentor?
Confirmation Mentors will:
- attend 10 teaching sessions on Wednesday nights (5 Fall Semester/5 Spring Semester)
- establish a meaningful relationship with his/her confirmand over the course of their seventh grade year (with the hope that the relationship will last throughout middle school and high school).
- pray for his/her confirmand and all who are part of the confirmation experience.
- attend worship with his/her confirmand as much as possible.
- schedule times outside of church to engage in Suggested Mentor/Confirmand Experiences (reading scripture together, serving in mission/outreach together, etc.)
- always inform their confirmand in advance if they will not be able to attend a 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.