Thanks to everyone who made for such a successful Confirmation Orientation Potluck, with around 60 adults and youth in attendance. For those who were not able to attend, please take a look at the Orientation Handbook below.
Confirmation at All Saints'
19Here at All Saints' we take seriously the privilege we have to walk alongside teens as they mature into young adults. Growing up comes with all kinds of new responsibilities and expectations. We want to equip our young people for a lifelong journey of faith that will provide them with valuable tools for making hard decisions, developing their spirituality, and putting their faith to work as members of God's Church. That's what confirmation is all about.
A Milestone Experience
In the 2019-2020 school year, 8th through 10th graders at All Saints' will be invited to participate in Confirm Not Conform, a program designed to help teens build community and grow in their faith through a series of interactive seminars, field trips, and a spring retreat, along with the opportunity to build relationships with adult mentors at All Saints'. The program will culminate with the annual visitation from the Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta and confirmation ceremony on May 10, 2020.
The Freedom to Choose
When infants and young children are baptized, their parents and godparents promise to nurture them in faith and commit them to the way of Jesus--a life characterized by prayer, forgiveness, service, justice, and love. At confirmation, teenagers are invited to choose this way for themselves. All along the way, we emphasize that it is their decision. At the end they can decide whether or not they want to participate in the ceremony and actually be confirmed. No one is required or forced to be confirmed. It is not uncommon for youth to decide not to be confirmed. We simply ask that they bring their whole selves to the program and commit to participating fully. Often times the youth who decide not to be confirmed are the ones who actually get the most out of the experience.
Expectations: Presence and Participation
Confirmation is a serious endeavor, and in order to benefit most fully from the experience, youth are expected to participate as fully as possible. At the same time, we recognize the demands of school, extracurriculars, and athletics on modern life. Ultimately, we expect the following:
***In the event of extenuating circumstances, students may be permitted to make up the retreat by participating in at least three of the events listed above and submitting a 500 word essay on the confirmation topic of their choice to Rev. Zack by May 3, 2020.
Registration opens November 1. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Rev. Zack with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALENDAR AND REGISTRATION
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Orientation Potluck with Parents and Mentors
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
Rite of Admission and Enrollment for Confirmation
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 1: What is Confirmation?
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 2: Where Do You stand?
Sunday, February 16 -
Monday, February 17, 2020
Becoming Beloved Community Overnight
Friday, February 21 -
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Happening High School Renewal Weekend at Camp Mikell
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 3: Prayer
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Ash Wednesday Services
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 4: Baptism
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 5: Eucharist
Friday, March 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Field Trip: The Temple
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 6: Baptism
Friday, March 20 -
Sunday, March 22, 2020
New Beginnings Middle School Renewal Weekend
Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 7: Eucharist
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Better the Block Day of Service
Sunday, March 29, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 8: World Council of Religions
Saturday, April 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil for the City in Piedmont Park
Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 9: How Can We Help?
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 10:20 a.m.
CnC Session 10: Where Do We Go Now?
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Confirmation Rehearsal and Celebration Banquet with Families and Mentors
Sunday, May 10, 2020, 9:00 a.m.