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Confirmation

An ancient Christian practice, with a purpose and meaning that has shifted over time, confirmation is a rite by which a follower of Christ assents to faith.  For St. Paul's UCC, confirmation is a process of preparing young people for full church membership, an affirmation of their baptism, and an acknowledgement of their evolving and maturing faith.

The United Church of Christ believes that God is still speaking; therefore we are always redefining faith.  Each generation is responsible for rethinking its beliefs, as God's word unfolds in an ever-changing world.  The confirmation process educates and prepares young people for this responsibility by guiding them as they seek to strengthen their faith (the root meaning of the word 'confirmation' is "to make firm" or "to strengthen").  The rite of confirmation is celebrated both in response to and in anticipation of the work of God in the life of a young person.

Generally, confirmands are 8th and 9th graders.  At St. Paul's UCC each confirmand is paired with an adult mentor from the congregation.  Confirmands and mentors meet one-on-one to discuss faith, belief, and witness.  In addition, the confirmands learn the essentials about our church history and structure.  As part of their study, they also learn about other religions, including the opportunity to worship at other local churches, temples, and synagogues.

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