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Confirmation: Equipping children, parents and congregations for the journey of faith

 

Replay of a 90-minute webinar presented by Rebecca Kirkpatrick
Recorded March 28, 2017

On-demand replay – $29.95 (1-6 participants from the same church/ministry)

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In the majority of our congregations, we continue to value the study and celebration that accompany confirmation as a significant rite of passage for young people, even as Sunday school attendance numbers fluctuate.  This webinar will examine our expectations for confirmation classes and why it feels like more and more students are coming to this pivotal year unprepared to have the experience we want them to have. Should confirmation be an introduction to the Christian faith and life for young people, or a moment when their faith is transformed into something new?

Together we will look at specific examples of how foundational biblical stories, liturgies or congregational traditions can be expanded into confirmation conversations. We’ll explore how we can best equip and inspire parents and grandparents to take a more active role in teaching the basics of the Bible and the Christian faith to children. Drawing from “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation,” we’ll explore the building blocks that help youth get the most out of their confirmation experience. Participants will be encouraged to think creatively about how to examine and even tweak the curriculum we are using to best serve the long-term goals of Sunday school and confirmation from preschool through high school.

Participants will be able to:

  • Talk more openly and honestly with parents about how they can be partners in their child’s Christian nurture;
  • Give parents simple tips and techniques to initiate good habits of Bible reading and conversation at home;
  • Work with Christian education committees and Sunday school teachers to shape curriculum to fit confirmation goals;
  • Think more creatively about students’ confirmation experience.

Who should attend? This webinar will be especially helpful to pastors, Christian educators, Sunday school teachers and Christian education committee members.

Meet the presenter
REBECCA KIRKPATRICK is associate pastor for mission and adult education at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Rebecca is the author of “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation: A Guide for Parents and Youth Leaders.” She served for 10 years as associate pastor at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana, where she focused on ministry with children and youth. Rebecca blogs at breadnotstones.com.

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If you would like to register a presbytery or have a group larger than 6, please contact Jana Blazek for group pricing.

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