The decision to make the Confirmation vow and to receive the Confirmation blessing is a very important milestone in a youth’s journey of faith. When making this decision, age, maturity level, and understanding of faith, need to be considered. Because of this, there is flexibility as to when a youth can make their Confirmation Vow.
In the New Apostolic Church USA, all youth who have regularly attended the Youth THRIVE Small Group discussions are eligible to make their Confirmation Vow in the spring of their 10th or 11th grade academic year. The youth leader and/or rector should initiate a conversation with the youth and their parent/guardian, in which the youth verbalizes their intent to pursue Confirmation. This conversation should be planned in advance so all involved, feel prepared to have the discussion. The conversation should take place in the fall of the student’s 10th and/or 11th grade year. A document has been prepared to help guide this conversation.
Those youth who decide to pursue Confirmation will begin a preparation process called “Road to Confirmation”. This process includes the youth completing self-paced online courses to emphasize core competencies, as well as engaging in checkpoint conversations with the rector, youth leader, and parent in the months leading up to Confirmation Sunday. The purpose of the “Road to Confirmation” process is to ensure a youth is well equipped and prepared to make their Confirmation vow.
For a student to be confirmed in 2021, the Initial Conversation needs to take place (and be documented), and the student/parent/guardian NDI logins should be set up no later than December 31, 2020. The sooner that the Initial Conversation occurs and student/parent/guardian logins are set up, the more time the students will have to complete the online courses and the parents/guardians will have to become familiar with the Checkpoint Conversation material.
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