Dear Sixth Grade Parents,
I am excited to be contacting you about the beginning of our 2014 – 2015 Confirmation Class! In the United Methodist Church, confirmation is the time that youth learn about their “faith ancestors” and continue the process of forming their own beliefs about the love of God embodied in Jesus Christ. This happens within an encouraging community of peers, parents and church members. At First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, we take a journey that lasts about nine months, culminating with church membership. Along the way, we will use many forms of active learning to engage the hearts and minds of our youth.
This will be the first of many messages you will receive throughout the year. Let me do this first message in bullet-point form to give you preliminary information:
Our first session for youth will be on Sunday, September 7 from 9:30 – 10:40 am. We meet on the second floor of the Justin Youth Building. You will use the Fifth Street entrance and follow the signs to our room.
Our second session on September 14 at 9:30 am will include parents. The week before is a “Children First” worship experience at 9:40 am in the sanctuary, which is the reason for the one-week delay for parents. I encourage you to attend that service on the first Sunday of every month as a family – it is fabulous!
Also on September 14 will be a Swim Party and Cookout at Lyle Lodge from 2:00 – 6:00 pm This is a voluntary event for confirmation families, including other siblings. If you aren’t familiar with Lyle Lodge, it is our beautiful church facility on Eagle Mountain Lake that hosts the Easter Egg Hunt, Mission Day Camp, retreats for youth and adults, and other events. I will ask you to make an RSVP for this during the week of September 2 – 7. We want this to be a simple and fun family event for those who have the time available.
We will have our annual Confirmation Retreat at Glen Lake Conference Center on April 10 – 12, 2015. I wanted you to be able to put that on your calendar now.
And finally, our Confirmation Banquet & Worship Service will take place in either late April or mid-May of 2015. That date is being finalized right now with Dr. Bruster and other staff members. I will announce it at our parents meeting on the 14th. Please note…. This will be our third year to have the banquet at 5:00 pm on a Sunday evening – with the worship service following at 7:00 pm This has created an incredibly personal and meaningful experience for each youth and family!
Please let me know if you have questions.