As we prepare to start our new Confirmation class on October 4, I am reminded that Confirmation means “with firmness”. This class is about claiming our beliefs firmly. It is about coming to understand who we are as United Methodists and firmly stating that I want to be a part of the United Methodist Church.
Throughout their 7th grade year, students will engage in theological discussion that seeks to answer difficult questions. Questions such as “Who is God?”, “How is the United Methodist Church different from other churches?”, and “What is baptism?” We look at historical creeds and even have an opportunity to create our own credo – a personal statement of beliefs. It is a time where students grow in knowledge of who we are as children of God, and who God calls us to be as we worship together in community. Yet, in the end, it all comes down to claiming a set of beliefs with firmness.
As this class begins a journey of discovery, spend some time to think about what you believe. Reaffirm your own understanding of who God is, and reclaim with firmness your own faith.