A 2014 confirmand proudly shows off his Jesus socks after the confirmation service.

Confirmation at Epiphany UCC

 

Epiphany, in partnership with Ravenswood UCC, has a thriving one-year confirmation program that usually begins in the 8th grade. Youth from other churches or faith traditions are welcome to join us. Classes usually meet twice a month during the school week from 7:00-8:30 PM. Periodically, local visits to other churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples are taken by the confirmands as part of the learning process about their own burgeoning faith and the faith of others. Confirmands are encouraged to make their own decision about whether or not to be confirmed at the end of their confirmation journey - and parents are encouraged to respect and honor that decision. Classes range from 3-12 students beginning the confirmation journey each year, with the fall focusing on learning more about the Bible and how to interpret it as young adults. The winter/spring focuses on the theology, history, and beliefs of the Church.  Questions are encouraged - doubts are OK - and answers are often attempted, but none are guaranteed to satisfy. What is usually appreciated about our Confirmation program by both parents and youth is that youth are treated with respect and encouraged to think about their faith in God and to learn new ways of experiencing their Christian faith as young adults. Contact the Pastor in the "Contact Us" link above if you wish to have your young person join us! 

Confirmation Schedule

(September 2021 – May 2022)

 

Fall - “The Bible”

 

September 2021

 

Meeting One: Intro/Welcome/ How to Understand And Interpret the Bible

Date: Thursday, September 16

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

 

Meeting Two: Our Fore Parents: Adam & Eve, Abraham, Sarah and How Christians Understand The Old Testament/Jewish Bible

Date: Thursday, September 30

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

October 2021

 

Meeting Three: The Liberator, The Exodus, and The Conquest: Moses, Joseph, and Joshua and David

Date: Thursday, October 14

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

Meeting Four: The Wisdom Books and Israel’s Prophets

Date: Thursday, October 28

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

November 2021 (only one meeting because of Thanksgiving Break)

 

Meeting Five: Introduction To The New Testament/Manga Messiah, Part 1

Date: Thursday, November 11

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

 

December 2021

 

Meeting Six: Jesus Story/Manga Messiah, Part 2

Date: Thursday, December 2

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

Meeting Seven – Visit to Another Religious Tradition/Jewish Synagogue/Dinner

Date: Friday, December 10 (evening)

Time: evening (TBA)

Location: TBA

 

Meeting Eight:  Acts, New Testament Letters & Book of Revelation

Date: Thursday, December 16

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

Spring – “Theology, History, Ecclesiastical”

 

January 2022

 

Meeting Nine:  Introduction to the Early Church Up Until the Reformation

Date: Thursday, January 6

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

 

Meeting Ten:  The Protestant Reformation

Date: Thursday, January 20

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

 

February 2022

 

Meeting Eleven:  Post-Reformation & The United Church of Christ

Date: Thursday, February 3

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

Meeting Twelve:  United Church of Christ Statement of Faith / Uniqueness

Date: Thursday, February 17

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

March 2022

 

Meeting Thirteen: The Sacraments & Your Local Church/Prep for Confirmation Led Worship

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

Meeting Fourteen: CONFIRMATION-LED WORSHIP – Ravenswood

Date: Sunday, March 13

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Ravenswood

 

Meeting Fifteen:  Meaning of Jesus’ Life, Death, and Resurrection

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Ravenswood

 

April 2022

 

Meeting Sixteen: Worship at another religious community/Trinity UCC/Ecumenical Conversation/Dinner (evening)

Date: Sunday, April 3

Time: evening (TBA)

Location: Meet at Epiphany

 

Meeting Seventeen: Meeting Sixteen: Exploring What you Believe/Creating Personal Creeds

Date: Thursday, April 21

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

 

May 2022

 

Meeting Eighteen: Testing of Confirmands

Date: Thursday, May 5

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Epiphany

 

Meeting Nineteen: Visiting Bahai Temple in Wilmette/picnic

Date: Sunday, May 15 after worship

Time: TBA

Location: Meet at Epiphany

 

Meeting Twenty: CONFIRMATION SUNDAY

Date: Sunday, June 5 during worship

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Epiphany