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Confirmation Class

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
      - John 8:31-32

Spiritual (re)Discovery Confirmation Class for Students and Parents

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.

Requirements

Students must be in at least 9th grade in the Fall of 2014, but can otherwise choose to go through the Confirmation process any year after that.

Students and parents interested in the Confirmation process must attend the Confirmation Class Interest Meeting on Sunday, September 14, directly following the 3rd service (around noon).

We ask that both students and parents make a serious commitment to the Confirmation process; thus attendance for students is required at all Confirmation events.  This includes Student Classes (5), regular small group meetings, Youth Sunday, the Confirmation Retreat and the culminating Banquet and Session review.  We also hope that our Confirmation Students will be involved in the life of VPC’s Student Ministries by participating in “non-required” activities such as Sunday School, service projects, and Youth Group.

Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the Parent Discussion Group, which are held from 12:30-1:30 on the same dates as Confirmation Classes.

Participants are being asked to pay $20 to cover the cost of food during the class and to also help defray the cost of the retreat at the end of the class.  Payment options will be presented after registration.

Registration for the 2014-2015 Confirmation Class is open; see link at bottom of page.

Important Dates

  • Confirmation Interest Meeting – Sunday, September 14, directly following the 3rd service (around noon) in the Underground (lower level of the church).
  • Underground PM - Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • Confirmation Classes - Sundays, 11:00-1:30 pm in the Street Room (on the lower level of the church).  Lunch will be provided for students.  Parent classes meet from 12:30-1:30 on the same dates in the multi-purpose room on the lower level of the church.  Parents may bring a bag lunch.
  • 2014-2015 Dates:
    • Class #1 – October 12
    • Class #2 – November 9
    • Special Event/Service Project – December 14
    • Class #3 – January 11
    • Class #4 – February 8
    • Class #5 – March 8
  • Youth Sunday – Sunday, May 17, all three services
  • Confirmation Retreat – Friday evening, April 10 - Saturday morning, April 11
  • Confirmation Banquet and Session Review – Monday, April 20 in the Great Hall
  • Confirmation Sunday – Sunday, April 26

Registration & Forms

In addition to registration and payment of class fees, several additional forms are required of Confirmands.  Please be sure to complete all required forms.

  • Registration:  Register online now to submit your application.  Online payment of the class fee, by credit card, will be requested on the screen following registration.

More Information

For more information please contact Thea Jeschke at thea.jeschke(at)viennapres.org or 703-938-9050 x128.