What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is an important milestone along our spiritual journeys. It 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.
Through the classes provided by the church, students reflect on their faith and relationship with Christ. Students generally meet weekly during the school year with a group of their peers, some adult leaders, and their pastor. When the classes are complete, the youth stand before their congregation, renew their baptismal vow, and receive a blessing from the church. They are given the opportunity to become full members of the local congregation.
Confirmation is not simply a destination. It is a pit stop, a place where we renew our commitment to the journey we have been traveling under the care of others. It is also a time for the local congregation to celebrate their young people’s faith and commitment to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and to renew their commitment to do the same.
Am I ready for Confirmation?
Parents and church leaders often ask what age is appropriate for young people to participate in confirmation. The issue is not really about one’s age but rather that individual’s readiness to assume the vows of professing membership in the church. While each church is different, the churches in the Driftless Regional Ministry generally offer classes for students in junior high and high school.
We encourage you to reach out to our pastors to learn more about confirmation and to determine if your child is ready to take this leap of faith! Click on their names below to email them.
- • Pastor Carter Jorgensen: Liberty Pole, New Hope, & Retreat UMC
- • Pastor Erika Martinez-Flores: Viroqua & Westby UMC