Confirmation Program

Confirmation Program

Confirmation

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
Program Expectations

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 Attendance

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.

Acolyte Information

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.

Program Fee

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.

  1. Complete the online 2021-2022 Confirmation Form.
  2. Print and Submit the Liability Waiver (Download, Print, Sign and Bring to the first session)
  3. Complete the 2021-2022 Youth Registration Form
  4. 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.

DateTimeEvent or Topic
Sept. 25:30-6:30pParent/Youth Orientation and Acolyte Training (Zoom)
Sept. 96:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up
Sept. 134:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: First Night of Small Groups 
Sept. 204:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: Prophets 
Sept. 236:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up: Bible Essentials 
Sept. 274:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: Gospels 
Oct. 2-46:15-7:30pMiddle School Retreat (Friday night to Sunday morning)
Oct. 114:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: Paul/Acts 
Oct. 184:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: NT Letters 
Oct. 216:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up: Old Testament Overview 
Nov. 14:00-5:30pYouth Group: Revelation/Eschatology 
Nov. 115:00pFamily Thanksgiving Dinner: Meet the Staff
Nov. 186:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up: UMC History, Structure, and Social Principles 
Nov. 229:30a-NoonAttend Modern Worship/Sacraments discussion
Dec. 96:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up Mission Presentation
Dec.166:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up Mission Project
Jan.136:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up: Apostle’s Creed 
Jan. 206:15-7:30pMiddle School Meet-Up: Islamic Foundation 
Feb. 36:15-7:30pManchester UMC History, Structure, and Tour. Families are welcome to join. (Zoom)
Feb. 126:30-8:00pVirtual visit to UHC
Feb. 176:30-8:00pAsh Wednesday- watch service on Facebook live then discuss on Zoom.
Mar. 74:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: Sin
Mar. 106:15-7:30pAddiction Speakers (Zoom)
Mar. 286:00-7:30pBaptisms and Discussions
Mar. 316:15-7:30pDiscussion on Discipleship and Church Vows
Apr. 114:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: Gifts/Vocation  
Apr. 146:15-7:30pDiscussion on Statement of Faith 
Apr. 184:00-5:30pSunday Youth Group: Prayer/Gratitude/The Lord’s Prayer  
Apr. 259 or 11aConfirmation 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.


COVID-19 Information

UPDATED March 4, 2021: We are moving to Phase 3 on April 11th so all Manchester Youth programming will follow the plans for that phase.

Youth programming has and will look differently depending which phase Manchester UMC is in. Click here to read Manchester UMC’s Pandemic Plan for Mission and Ministry. We will implement youth programs, but the details may change to keep everyone safe.


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