Who can participate?
Riverside runs confirmation every other year for 7th and 8th grade youth. Youth who will be in grades 7 and 8 during the 2016-2017 school-year are eligible for confirmation. Youth who are older are also eligible to participate but the structure may be modified as needed. If you will be in Sr. High and would like to be confirmed, please talk to Jenna and we will make it work.
Goals of the Program
Confirmation in the United Methodist Church is the process of affirming the promises that were made by your parents at your baptism and taking on full membership in your local church.
Our goal in Confirmation at Riverside is to ensure that each youth finishes the program knowing the story of God’s people from scripture, and knowing how they fit into that story. We want them to understand the Gospel both in the broad context of history, and also in a personal way as it pertains to them individually. We also want the youth to learn what it means to be a part of the Church- both locally and in a broader context.
Our program consists of three main components:
There is no cost to participate in the Confirmation Program on the whole. We do ask for $20 for our first retreat just to help cover the cost of using the camp’s facilities, but scholarships are available to ensure that everyone will be able to participate.
Youth are free to pick their own adult mentors (we ask that it not be a parent) and who they would like to be paired with (if they prefer not to do one-on-one sessions); or we are happy to assist you in finding a mentor.