Confirmation Class There’s no greater decision we’ll ever make. Will we commit our lives, through our hearts and hands, to the love and light of Jesus Christ? It’s not a pledge we make just because we have a particular number of candles on our birthday cake.
At Gilead, our Confirmation Class, which is usually attended in the eighth grade, around the age of fourteen, is a time of exploration and learning. What are the faith traditions of the Presbyterian church, and what does church membership mean? What do I believe about the nature of God and Jesus Christ? What do others believe, and how does that inform my own faith? There are no right or wrong answers; we offer a safe environment in which to seek our own personal call by Christ. Classes are taught by Pastor McGeachy, regularly in the fall and as needed throughout the school year. In addition, we take trips to other churches, temples and synagogues to learn how God is at work in other traditions, and go on at least one winter weekend retreat to meet and have fellowship with Presbyterian confirmands from churches all over the state. Come May, students make a public profession of faith and are confirmed as full members of the church.
The class is fun and serious, relaxed and intense, and open to all young people who wish to open their hearts in a deeper commitment to the Lord.