There is nothing more valuable in this world, and the next, than to have a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Confirmation is just one of the avenues we have to come alongside students on this journey and process. Unlike baptism, which is a once-made covenant, Confirmation is a dynamic action that can be reaffirmed and repeated. We recognize that, for some students, Confirmation may be their initial introduction to basic Christian principles and what it means to be part of Christian community, but for others it will be a rediscovery of what makes their faith an important part of their life.
Through the Confirmation process we hope to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning more about what we believe as followers of Christ. Part of this is helping students discern and articulate what they believe through open, honest discussion and teaching with Student Ministries staff, pastoral staff, and outstanding small group leaders.
The Confirmation process addresses numerous aspects of Christianity including: Baptism and Communion, the understanding and application of Scripture, what it means to be part of Christian community and specifically VPC, as well as Presbyterian beliefs. Our hope is that by training and teaching our students about these core beliefs, commitments, and practices of Christianity it will spur students into the beginning, or deepening, of an authentic faith as Christians.
Confirmation Class should be viewed as a journey of faith, not a destination. It is not an additional task to check off a “spiritual to-do list” or a “once in a lifetime opportunity”; it’s a time for students and parents to sincerely reflect and wrestle with tough questions and their priorities to ultimately provide the basis for making decisions regarding their personal faith. It is each student’s choice to publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ in front of God and the congregation and to become a member of Vienna Presbyterian Church.
We sincerely view Confirmation Sunday and the profession of faith as the springboard into an even deeper faith commitment. We hope that the Confirmation experience will benefit students as they begin to realize more fully their place in God’s plan and as they seek to increase their involvement in the life of the church as well as live out their faith in everyday life.