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									Dear Parent of an 8th grade student,

I hope that this letter finds you well. My intent in writing is to inform you about the
confirmation program here at Floris United Methodist Church. I hope that you find
this informative as well as an exciting introduction to a huge milestone in your child’s
faith journey.

Confirmation is a small group based program for students in grades 8 and above that
wish to be confirmed in the United Methodist Church. The program is designed to
study the beliefs of the United Methodist Church as well as dive deep into what it
means to be a Christian. The program begins with a kickoff retreat on January 11 and
ends with the Confirmation service on April 28. Upon completion, it is an incredible
opportunity for these students to stand before the congregation and proclaim their
faith and their commitment to Floris. Below you will find the requirements and the
calendar for confirmation:

Requirements of Confirmation:

Confirmation Retreats (2):
We hold a kick-off retreat on January 11-13 and a second retreat from April 5-7. Each
student is expected to attend both retreats in their entirety. The cost of the retreats is
$200 (includes both retreats). Scholarships are available for those who have need.

Weekly Small Group Meetings (8):
Students are expected to be on time and prepared to participate in the group’s
discussion. Students may miss only one of the eight small group sessions without
make-up. Beyond the one absence, students must make-up the missed meeting at
another small group or with a small group leader. In order to respect the time of
group leaders, no student may make-up more than one meeting with a small group
leader. If you see problems with this in your student’s schedule, please contact the
leadership ASAP.

Meetings with Mentors (10):
In order to personalize the experience, we expect students to meet with their mentor
ten times during the 16-week program. In choosing a mentor, seek someone who is
a dynamic Christian and a member of Floris United Methodist Church. Mentors need
to be members of the church because they will share vows of commitment to watch
over the student in the life of the church. If you cannot find or think of a mentor for
your student, the student ministry will provide one, upon your request.
Group Service Project:
The Confirmands and their Mentors will complete a group service project during
confirmation. This year’s group service project is the Chocolate Festival. The
Chocolate Festival at Floris is on February 9 and raises funds for many different non-
profit organizations in the world. The details on this project will be released prior to
the beginning of confirmation.

Confirmation / Mentor Service Project:
Each student and mentor will be required to complete his or her personal service
project by April 20. Options will be made available at the beginning of the year – but
students and mentors can begin to think of some non-profit service opportunities
they can participate in as a team. The project must take at least 3 hours of
consecutive service time.

Interviews:
Each confirmand will be required to complete an interview with a Floris UMC staff
member between May 1– May 16. The schedule will be available on line in April.

Confirmation Rehearsal:
On April 27, the afternoon before Confirmation, students, mentors and parents will
be required to attend rehearsal. Confirmation has a rehearsal to ensure that
students can enjoy the meaning of the day, rather than the logistics. Practice times
will be released in March. Be sure to leave the afternoon of April 27 “open” on your
calendars.

Confirmation Services:
Confirmation will take place at all four worship services on Sunday, April 28 and at a
5pm service on Saturday, April 27 for students who decide to be confirmed at the
end of the confirmation program. In order to accommodate all of the students and
keep service times to a reasonable length, we are going to ask that parents be
flexible in their desired service hour of Confirmation.

All students must be baptized before being confirmed. This can occur the day of
confirmation during the confirmation service or before. In the United Methodist
Church we only baptize one time. If your child has been baptized, he/she will not be
rebaptized.

We recognize that the calendar for confirmation is VERY rigorous. However, these
are requirements for confirmation and if your child is not able to meet these
requirements he/she may not be able to be confirmed. This program is designed to
be intensive. Our hope is that students would continue their other church
commitments (Sunday Night Program, Sunday School Buddies, etc.) during this
period. This program is not a substitute for Sunday worship. When deciding (as a
family) whether or not your child will complete this program, please look at the
following mandatory calendar:
                            Confirmation Calendar 2013

Parent Meeting                                          November 18

Retreat I                                               January 11-13

Small Groups Begin                                      January 20

Group Service Project                                   February 9

Small Groups End                                        March 17

Retreat II                                              April 5-7

Interviews                                              April 8-24

Confirmation Rehearsal                                  April 27

Confirmation                                            April 28


It is our desire that this program be a joyful and life changing experience for all
students involved. We will have a parent information meeting on Sunday, November
18 after the 5pm service (during middle school program). Please mark your
calendar so that you will be able to attend.

Please be sure to go to the Floris web site at www.florisumc.org/students as soon as
possible to register. Registration will end on Dec. 10th. If you have immediate
questions that need to be answered prior to the November parent meeting, please
contact the student ministry office.

Faithfully,

Jeremy Glovitch
Director of Student Ministry
Floris United Methodist Church

								
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