Requirements and Expectations for Confirmands & Families
Weekly Class Sessions
Confirmation class meets every Thursday (for exceptions please refer to the schedule) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at VLC. Confirmands are expected to arrive to class on time, prepared to participate in discussion and exploration of our faith. Students should come to class with a pen or pencil and a Bible. Confirmands must not miss more than three classes during the year. Make-up work will be assigned to students who are absent. If a student exceeds three absences, individual instruction time will be arranged with Confirmation Director.
Confirmands must complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service. At least five of these hours must provide service to an individual or organization outside the VLC community. Likewise, at least five hours must provide service to the VLC community. Each confirmand will complete and submit a Service Hours Report for each service activity completed. These reports require a signature from a supervising adult of the service activity. Please be alert to notices in our bulletin and the Village Voice for potential service activities throughout the year.
Worship Attendance and Participation
Weekly worship attendance is expected. VLC offers worship services Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. During the Holiday seasons, Mid-week Church Holiday Worship attendance is encouraged. Confirmands will participate as worship assistants in areas of their choice (ushers, lectors, communion assistants, etc.)
Worship Summary Reports
Confirmands must complete and submit at least ten Worship Summary Reports for this year. These reports do not need to be completed at VLC Worship services. However, if they are completed at a church other than VLC, please attach a copy of that church’s bulletin from the service.
Confirmands will attend the winter retreat in January each year (see schedule). The students will attend, chaperoned by the Confirmation Director and Pastors (and other parents that wish to volunteer). The retreat is held at Koinonia, a Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center in Highland Lake, NY. We will need parent/guardian drivers for this event. The event is a part of the curriculum and is so important to the students bonding and also for them to spend time with the Conformation Director and the Pastors. It is consistently ranked as a favorite part of Confirmation Instruction by students and accommodations are near hotel quality with hotel style rooms with private baths, great meeting space, outdoor winter activities and tasty and nutritional meals. .
There is $135.00 class fee for our Confirmation program. This fee helps to cover the cost of course materials as well as help pay for the Winter Retreat in January. Checks can be made payable to Village Lutheran Church memo line: “Confirmation Class.” You can also make a payment at http://www.vlc-ny.org/index.php/participate/giving. Make sure that in the “other” box, type “Confirmation Class.”
We are requesting volunteer class parent(s)/guardian(s) to help assist with various projects. Such a person would play an active role in organizing our transportation to and from our winter retreat, assist with service projects, the confirmation celebration in May, and other activities throughout the year. Please contact Kate Marino for further information.