At Manchester UMC, our Confirmation program provides an opportunity for young people to explore the Christian faith alongside other youth in a fun, relevant and engaging way. Our focus is on helping each young person learn about God’s unconditional love and amazing grace through experience and conversation.
At the end of this journey, youth will have an opportunity to profess their own faith in Jesus Christ and be confirmed as new members of Manchester UMC. We believe Confirmation is not a destination, but more like a way station where youth have an opportunity to take personal ownership of the faith journey they have been traveling since their baptism. While we hope every youth will make the decision to profess their faith and be confirmed, there is no pressure or requirement to do so.
Who Should Participate?
Confirmation is open to youth in 7th and 8th grades who are interested in exploring the Christian faith in a fun and experiential way.
What Happens During Confirmation?
Rather than just talking at youth, our Confirmation Program strives to engage young people and their families in a variety of experiences that provide opportunities for learning, reflection and conversation.
Confirmation experiences include:
- Activity parks and other fun adventures
- Learning and talking about the Christian faith
- Going on an offsite weekend retreat
- Service projects and touring St. Louis agencies
- Observing other faith traditions
- A pool party and baptisms (if not already baptized)
Confirmation Benefits and Outcomes
It is our goal that after being confirmed at Manchester UMC, your youth will have:
- A stronger connection to other Christian youth
- An expanded world view plus compassion for others
- A better understanding of their own values and beliefs
- A faith deeply rooted in the love and grace of Jesus Christ
- A desire to become an informed church member
As part of their Confirmation experience, each youth is expected to attend 24 sessions and serve at least 3 times as an Acolyte (worship assistant) during the program.
All Confirmation parents and youth are required to attend a joint informational gathering in September. During this orientation, youth and parents will learn about program benefits, expectations and scheduling.
Session dates are provided below so that families can make the necessary calendar arrangements now. If a youth misses a session, they will be expected to make up that session before they can be Confirmed. NOTE: Because this a very experiential program, any youth who misses 6 or more sessions (regardless of reason) will need to postpone their Confirmation and enroll in the next program year.
Youth are expected to serve at least 3 times as an Acolyte (assistant) during Sunday worship between September of 2021 and April 2022 before they can be Confirmed. Once the Acolyte schedule is set, youth and parents are responsible for finding a replacement Acolyte if they are unable to serve during their scheduled worship service and must notify the Acolyte Coordinator of any changes at least 48 hours in advance.
Confirmation 2021-2022 Registration begins June 6
Confirmation registration for the 2021-2022 program will begins June 6 and ends August 15.
The program fee for this year’s Confirmation program is $150 per person due at registration. Scholarships are available based upon need. The program fee covers materials, supplies, t-shirt, Bible, retreat, travel expenses and more. This program is also supported financially by Manchester UMC.
Confirmation Registration and Important Forms
Please be sure to complete the following steps.
- Complete the online 2021-2022 Confirmation Form.
- Print and Submit the Liability Waiver (Download, Print, Sign and Bring to the first session)
- Complete the 2021-2022 Youth Registration Form
- Pay $150 Program Fee by September 8, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Youth Ministry, Beth Boemler at 636.200.4735.
Confirmation Schedule for 2020-2021
Below are the Confirmation dates. Please mark them on your family calendars now so that your youth can successfully complete this Confirmation program.
|Date||Time||Event or Topic|
|Sept. 2||5:30-6:30p||Parent/Youth Orientation and Acolyte Training (Zoom)|
|Sept. 9||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up|
|Sept. 13||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: First Night of Small Groups|
|Sept. 20||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: Prophets|
|Sept. 23||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up: Bible Essentials|
|Sept. 27||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: Gospels|
|Oct. 2-4||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Retreat (Friday night to Sunday morning)|
|Oct. 11||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: Paul/Acts|
|Oct. 18||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: NT Letters|
|Oct. 21||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up: Old Testament Overview|
|Nov. 1||4:00-5:30p||Youth Group: Revelation/Eschatology|
|Nov. 11||5:00p||Family Thanksgiving Dinner: Meet the Staff|
|Nov. 18||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up: UMC History, Structure, and Social Principles|
|Nov. 22||9:30a-Noon||Attend Modern Worship/Sacraments discussion|
|Dec. 9||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up Mission Presentation|
|Dec.16||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up Mission Project|
|Jan.13||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up: Apostle’s Creed|
|Jan. 20||6:15-7:30p||Middle School Meet-Up: Islamic Foundation|
|Feb. 3||6:15-7:30p||Manchester UMC History, Structure, and Tour. Families are welcome to join. (Zoom)|
|Feb. 12||6:30-8:00p||Virtual visit to UHC|
|Feb. 17||6:30-8:00p||Ash Wednesday- watch service on Facebook live then discuss on Zoom.|
|Mar. 7||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: Sin|
|Mar. 10||6:15-7:30p||Addiction Speakers (Zoom)|
|Mar. 28||6:00-7:30p||Baptisms and Discussions|
|Mar. 31||6:15-7:30p||Discussion on Discipleship and Church Vows|
|Apr. 11||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: Gifts/Vocation|
|Apr. 14||6:15-7:30p||Discussion on Statement of Faith|
|Apr. 18||4:00-5:30p||Sunday Youth Group: Prayer/Gratitude/The Lord’s Prayer|
|Apr. 25||9 or 11a||Confirmation Sunday|
Updated 3/4/2021: While the schedule is set, some details may change throughout the year. The Manchester Youth Google calendar will have the most up-to-date information.
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