Two weekend-long Confirmation Retreats are scheduled for 2011, the first from March 4-6 and the second from March 18-20.
Designed for students in the sixth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreats will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. They will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo.
The entire event will compliment Cokesbury's “Claim the Name” curriculum. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complimentary to what a church is or will be doing.
“The Confirmation Retreats are about experiencing the good news of Jesus Christ with others who are on the same spiritual journey,” said Rev. Adam Ricker, event planner and associate director of Connectional Ministries.
“Even after six years of attending these retreats there is something new that I learn each time. Whether it is about the character and nature of God or the history of our United Methodist Church, I am always inspired to continue growing in my faith.”
Workshop topics include:
--Talkin' Funny / Mumbo Jumbo: This workshop with help attendees understand and define the words used in United Methodism, including Wesleyan terms, organizational terms, titles, and more. Confirmands will gain a greater sense of organization and understanding of key people and terms.
--Three Simple Rules: This workshop is a study of the General Rules that were observed by the Methodist societies of John Wesley and that are found in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Students will explore what it means to do no harm, to do good, and to attend upon all the ordinances of God.
--Packing for the Journey: This workshop will help students learn about things they will need on their “journey” of faith. They will learn about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus, how to grow in that relationship, and why it is important to serve others because of that relationship.
Also offered during the weekend are Join the Journey “Holy Clubs,” smaller breakout groups that will study specific topics with a method and purpose, to grow in knowledge and love for Jesus Christ.?
Confirmands may choose to study any of the following:
?--An Invitation to Chat (prayer) -- this workshop focuses on looking into the practice of praying and gives confirmands a better understanding of what prayer is: when, where, and how they can pray. Opportunities to lead prayers in Sunday morning worship will be available if a group or individuals desire.
--Come to the Table (Holy Communion) – this workshop explores the meaning of Holy Communion and gives confirmands the opportunity to serve during Sunday morning worship.
--Feast on the Word (Bible study) – this workshop helps unlock the mysteries of an ancient book with an ever-so present message applicable to daily life.
--Devotion Motion (Devotions & Meditations) – this workshop looks at and practices reading devotions and meditations appropriate for youth.
The large group general session gatherings will take place in Strickland Auditorium and will include high-energy music, a contemporary blend of new and old, drama relevant to the topic being discussed, a speaker, individual church time for discussion, multi-media presentations, and youth involvement. The following church seasons will theme each of the individual sessions: Advent and prevenient grace, Lent/Good Friday and justifying grace, Easter and justifying grace, and Pentecost and sanctifying grace.?
“The Confirmation Retreats bring together the best of a diverse group of leaders from across our conference who really want to help our students encounter the living God,” Rev. Ricker said.
Click here for more information or to register or call Diane Giles at 888-266-7642.