Confirmation is a two-year program which encourages our 9th/10th graders to explore questions of faith, learn more about the Christian tradition and experience healthy mentoring relationships with adults in our congregation. This program leads our youth to an individual’s decision to affirm (or not affirm) the vows made by his/her parents at baptism and to join this community of faith. In other words, do they want to continue walk on the Christian path following God through Jesus’ teaching and way of life? This is the primary question that is asked in confirmation. None of us has all of the answers, but taking this time of discernment to ultimately confirm one’s baptism, and affirm one’s faith is the final destination of this two year journey, with the understanding that the Christian journey is ongoing, and questions will continue to be asked!
The program is carefully designed to be substantive and meaningful while respecting the very busy lives of our active youth. Classes are held approximately once a month throughout the school year, and offer our teens a safe place to discuss questions of faith, while building relationships with God, with each other, and with our larger faith community. This pivotal time in their spiritual growth offers retreats, times of quiet meditation and prayer, and various forms of art throughout their learning experience.
For the 2019/2020 school year, the confirmation classes will be led by our current Director of Children and Family Ministries, Becky Stambaugh, through October 6th. Starting on October 7th, our incoming Minister of Faith Formation, Rev. Jake Joseph, will be the confirmation teacher, with administrative assistance from Judi Wallace, our new Acting Director of Children and Youth Ministries.
Schedules for 2019/2020 school year will be distributed and gone over at our Confirmation Orientation on September 15th, 5pm in Fellowship Hall – for all 9th/10th graders, their parents, and their mentors. This is a mandatory meeting.
For 2019/2020 Year One and Two, click here for Registration & Conduct Confirmation.
For 2019/2020 mentors, click here for Mentor Overview.
For alternative mentor/confirmand experiences, try the Labyrinth Walk on the Green.
OUR CURRENT DIRECTOR
The children’s programs are overseen by our Director of Children and Family Ministries, Becky Stambaugh, who has been serving at First Church since January 2015. Becky came to us after serving six and a half years as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Hollywood United Methodist Church in Hollywood, CA. Both she and her husband (also in the ministry) were raised in New Jersey where they met doing church work together. In addition to serving the children in Guilford, Becky’s ministry experience also includes time as a high school youth group leader at her home church in NJ, as well as being a summer teen camp counselor at Camp Berea in New Hampshire. Before working in the ministry, she taught middle and high school English and Drama for 9 years in the NJ public school system, where she also produced and directed high school and community theatre for over 15 years. Becky holds a Bachelors degree in English Education, and a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling.
Please contact Becky with any questions about our programs: email@example.com. Christian Education Phone: 203-453-3324.