Confirmation FAQs

Confirmation Program FAQs Who teaches the Confirmation classes?  The Pre-Confirmation classes are taught by a group of trained volunteers who are members of FCPC. Capstone is mainly led by our Confirmation Mentors – Betsy Hawley, Chet Karas, Donna Stewart, and Bill Johnson. The Capstone Class is organized and overseen by Rev. Ellen Dawson, Director of Membership & Mission. She will teach, as will Rev. Chris Taylor and Rev. Lee Nichols on occasion. When and where will we meet? For the 2016-2017 School Year, Pre-Confirmation Year 1 Class meets in the Lounge from 9:00-9:50am in the Lounge. Capstone Class will meet on Wednesday Nights from 7:00-8:30pm in the Lounge. Do I have to come to every class meeting? Consistent attendance is expected of all students. We do understand that family schedules, sickness, and other issues will cause you to miss occasionally. However, you are asked to make Confirmation a priority in your spiritual life. Our requirement is for you to attend at least 80% of the classes, and we will take attendance at every meeting.  Do I have to join the church at the end of the Capstone Class? No. This is a personal decision that you will make, hopefully with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Most youth do choose to join the church, but occasionally there are people who are not ready. Our teachers and mentors will walk alongside you no matter what decision you make.  What happens if I do choose to join the church? Just as with anyone who is joining the church, the Capstone Class students will be asked to go before the church’s session. At that meeting, they will be interviewed about their faith. No worries, the mentors will help you prepare for this! Once you are approved, you and your classmates will be presented before the congregation on the first Sunday in May, where you will all publicly declare your faith in Jesus Christ and officially become new members! What does it mean to make a public profession of faith in Christ Jesus? As Presbyterians, we ask our members to make a public profession of faith by answering three basic questions of faith: 1. Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? 2. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? 3. Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?  What does it mean to be a church member? “To be a church member is to express one’s faith in Jesus Christ and the desire to be his disciple, to share his love, and to serve him as a part of the church as the body of Christ.” (Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers, Donald McKim) As Presbyterians, we ask our members to make a covenant with the congregation by answering this question: Will you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? We hope to help you discover what that means for you personally—how you hope to be a faithful disciple, how your wish to share your gifts, and just how Jesus is calling you to serve the congregation and the world.