For those students who were baptized as infants or as children, confirmation is an extension of that baptism. For those who have not yet been baptized, Confirmation is a chance to explore our United Methodist faith before joining the church as an adult member. This semester-long discipleship program aims to help provide strong foundation for life-long faith in Christ. Within Confirmation, we seek to create meaningful experiences for students to learn about Jesus, the United Methodist Church, and our Method here at Ankeny First UMC as we Worship, Connect, and Respond together.
To foster an understanding of Methodist practices and beliefs, the role of the Church, the role of Christ in our lives, and what active church membership looks like at Ankeny First UMC. During Confirmation we will delve into church history, God’s word, revealed to us through scripture, our uniquely Wesleyan Methodist beliefs, and what it means to pursue Christ throughout our lives.
Any youth in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades who have not yet joined our church through Confirmation.
Our current plan is to meet at the CLC each Sunday afternoon from January 3rd-April 25th from 2:00-3:35pm. If our church is still meeting solely online next semester, and/or if COVID-19 case rates necessitate another shutdown of in-person activities, our Confirmation class will meet through Zoom.
We believe that Confirmation is one part of the journey to a lifelong relationship with God. We expect all students who choose to be confirmed to participate in all activities and events on the Confirmation calendar. We will not meet on Super Bowl Sunday or during Ankeny Public Schools’ Spring Break. Students will also work on assigned Bible readings and service hours during the program. Confirmands are also expected to participate in our weekly youth gatherings on Wednesday nights.
To participate in our 2021 Confirmation class, all participants must pre-register by December 1st. Click here to register. All confirmands and their parents should plan to attend our first Confirmation class together on January 3rd. At that January 3rd meeting, we will cover all necessary information and expectations for this year’s Confirmation program.