Confirmation

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is a vital component of the ryeX youth ministry. Students, eighth grade and older, have the opportunity to explore, question, and enrich their faith in a safe environment. This is their time to claim their faith as their own by professing Jesus as their Savior and Lord and then becoming members of the church. Students take a look at the fundamentals of the Christian faith as well as important aspects of being Presbyterian.

As a part of Confirmation, students will receive class materials, the retreat, service project materials, and a Bible from ryeX.

Classes & Expectations

Confirmation classes are generally held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings beginning in January and continuing through March. Students are expected to attend all classes, the retreat held for a weekend in early January, the service day, both services with other congregations, and all three scheduled RPC worship services. Students are allowed no more than two excused absences. If students miss a class, they must notify their teachers in order to make up the material.

Class Retreat

The confirmation classes will kick-off with a retreat at RPC the first weekend in January.  On the retreat, we’ll spend time playing, talking, and worshiping as well as have our first three classes. Therefore, this retreat counts as three of the twelve required classes.

Service Project:

During Confirmation, students have the opportunity to put their faith in action by working with RPC’s local mission partners helping to serve breakfast to the homeless at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Visiting other Congregations:

Students will have two opportunities to worship with other churches. Afterwards we will debrief, ask questions and share experiences. This is a required part of confirmation and counts for two separate classes.

Parent Track Classes:

A parent track is offered that runs concurrent to the student track. Parent Track classes will be held in Alderman Hall from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on the following 2020 dates: Sundays January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 23 and March 8. We invite all parents of the current confirmation class to attend and learn more about what their students are learning. Our hope is that this will foster discussion at home and a better understanding of what your students are undertaking.

Mentors

Mentors are an invaluable part of the confirmation process. Each student is paired with an adult from RPC who has agreed to spend time building a friendship with that student. Mentors get to know the students, help them work through questions along the way, assist them in writing their statement of faith, and pray for them. This is a great way for students to get to know someone outside their age group at RPC. Generally, students and their parents will choose a Mentor but if you need some guidance we can help.

Overall Calendar of Confirmation Events 2019-2020:

Check back often for updates and additional details! Last updated on 8/20/2019

Sun., Nov. 10: Mentor Training will be in The Loft, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Bowling with Mentors, 2-4 p.m. at Bowlero Roswell; 785 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell 30076. Cost: $25/pp covers the cost of bowling, shoes and food! Register HERE.

Sat.-Sun., Jan. 4-5: Retreat at RPC, arrive at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday to check in. Events will get underway by 3:30 p.m.,  where we will cover Class One - Class Three. The retreat ends after the 11:15 worship service where students will be commissioned! Mentors should attend worship with their confirmand. The first Parent Track class is offered 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Sun., Jan. 12: Class Four: 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Garage for students. Parent Track class 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall

Sun., Jan. 19: Class Five: 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Garage for students. Parent Track class 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall

Sun., Jan. 26: Class Six: 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Garage for students. Parent Track class 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall. Students and Mentors meet in Alderman Hall for Statement of Faith Workshop at 9:45 in Alderman Hall A/B.

Sun.,  Feb. 2: Class Seven: 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Garage for students. Parent Track class 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall

Sun., Feb. 9: Class Eight: Students and Mentors attend worship at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the South Tower check-in area.    

Sun., Feb. 16: No Class. We encourage all students to register for eXtreme retreat!                   

Sun., Feb. 23: Class Nine: 8:30-9:30 a.m.in The Garage for students. Your Statement of Faith is due today! Parent Track class 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall

Sun., Mar. 1: Class Ten: Service Project; serving breakfast for the homeless at First Presbyterian Church. Meet at 5:45 a.m. in the north parking area. We will return by 8:30 a.m.

Sun., Mar. 8: Class Eleven: 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Garage. Parent Track class 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Alderman Hall. Students attend Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., then 11:15 worship at RPC with your Mentor. Students present their Statements of Faith to Session, 7-9 p.m. in Alderman Hall. Parents and Mentors are invited.             

Sat. Mar. 14: Class Twelve - Students and Mentors attend worship at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 4:30-6:30 p.m. We will meet at Holy Transfiguration, located at 3431 Trickum Rd., Marietta 30066.

Sun., Mar. 29: Confirmation Sunday begins with a breakfast in Alderman Hall at 9:45 a.m. We'll attend the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Parents, family members, youth leaders, class teachers and mentors are all invited!

 Contact: Carrie Weatherford, Associate Pastor or Mem Belser, Ministry Assistant for Discipleship