Welcome to 8th grade and CONFIRMATION!  Like everything else, Confirmation will look a bit different this year. We will have a hybrid approach and will do most of our work in small groups but will also do some online gatherings and education.  This creates an interesting opportunity for us and I am excited about the changes that we are making.

Clergy Conversations
October 11, 2020, Ben Brannan

Clergy Conversations
September 27, 2020, Joe Clifford


Both parents and youth work on this together. Each watch/read/discuss and each write a paper on your learning to turn in to the small group leader.

October 4: Lesson 2

Confirmation: Sept 27 with Joe Clifford 5-6 p.m. (Click for Video)

Watch Confirmation Video with your parents and each of you write a short paper on: What did you learn about a faith journey? What words were new to you? (what do they mean?) What phrases or ways of talking about God did you realize you agreed with Rev. Joe? What did you learn about Rev. Joe that you did not know before and why are those things important to know about your pastor? How do the things you learned today help you understand your faith? Share your thoughts with each other. (Parents and youth, this is not a critique of each other’s paper but a conversation about faith.)


Sunday, Sept. 20 Make-up:

  1. Parents share the story of your 8th graders baptism. What did it mean when the congregation made the baptismal promise? Baptism witnesses to the truth that God claims people in love even before we are able to respond in faith. Discuss our role in the confirmation process, knowing that we are affirming God’s initiative and our baptismal identity as a child of God.
  2. Read through session 1, the scriptures and work through the first pages in your Big journal with your parents. What take-away’s do you have as you begin the confirmation process.

Retreat Make-up:

  1. Read and discuss the church mission statement on the back cover of your confirmation notebook. What stands out for you? Which statement speaks to why MPPC is your church? Which statement speaks to why we have partnerships with our neighbors who are homeless?
  2. Read through your notebook together with your parent. Each of you choose one question of the catechism and ask them to give their best answer (even if you have to take a guess). What is interesting about the real answer? *Look through the notebook and at the end, make a list of 5 questions each of you have about faith. What would you ask at the end of your life if you came face to face with God?
  3. We worked on 2 service projects during this retreat. Consider participating in 2 projects at church. The food drive on Sept. 27 would be one where you and your family could participate by getting the word out about the event. Volunteer to be a driver and pick up the food at noon from the outreach center and drive it to Loaves and Fishes on Monday after school with a parent. Invite your classes to participate. Collect donations from your neighborhood! Talk with your family about how you can be creative and safe in collecting food.

*Remember that if you have to miss because of isolation or illness, you can have a friend facetime you in for your small group session. They can set you up on a table and you can participate with your group. There are so few nights of confirmation that every session is important.

Sunday, Sept. 27: make-up. (Watch Confirmation Video with your parents, discuss and each of you write a short reflection. Share your thoughts with each other) *Video will be posted this week.