Meeting 1 - By January 20
This meeting is for the two of you to get to know each other better. You might want to go out for ice cream or to a coffee shop to hang out for a little while. Below are some suggestions for the two of you to talk about. You might want to take notes so that you can remember your conversation later.
- Tell me about your family.
- What was it like growing up?
- What are some of your best memories?
- How about one of your sad memories?
- What is/was school like for you?
- What is one thing you really like about your life today?
- What are your hopes for the future?
- Have you always been a churchgoer?
- What is important to you about being a part of this church?
- When did you first know you were a Christian? Do you ever wonder about whether you really are a follower of Jesus?
- What do you hope will happen during our meetings together? Are you excited or nervous?
- What are you worried about regarding the Confirmation program?
meeting 2 - By February 24
This meeting is for the two of you to get to talk a little more in depth about what you believe about God, Jesus, and the church, including any questions or doubts each of you have. Below are some suggestions for the two of you to talk about. You might want to take notes so that you can remember your conversation later.
- Draw something to show your earliest memory of how you imagined God to be.
- Draw something to show how you imagine God to be now.
- Look at the two drawings each of you have made. What do they represent? How are they different? How has your understanding of God changed over the years?
- For exactly one minute, write down every word you can think of to describe Jesus.
- As one of you reads Philippians 2:1-11, the other should write down the words Paul uses to describe Jesus. How are the lists of your words the same and how are they different?
- What is your favorite story in the Bible about Jesus? What do you find confusing about Jesus? How does this story from 2000 years ago relate to your life today?
meeting 3 - By March 31
This meeting is for the two of you to talk a about what it means to be a member of the church. You might want to go out for ice cream or to a coffee shop to hang out for a little while. Below are some suggestions for the two of you to talk about. You might want to take notes so that you can remember your conversation later.
- Share your reflections about the story of Jesus you read in the gospel of Luke. What are your reactions to Jesus’ death on the cross? How do you understand resurrection? How does this story from 2000 years ago relate to your life today?
- Read Romans 12:5-8 together. The church often calls itself “the body of Christ.” In what ways do you see the members of the congregation working together to get something done? Which parts of the body do you think you are?
- Why do you think people join a church? What are the good things about being a church member?
- Discuss how you would respond to a person making this statement: “I think somebody can be a good person without being part of a church.”
- List some of the ways our church gives people an opportunity to grow in their faith. Put a check mark beside those in which you have participated in the past. Put a star beside those you hope to be a part of in the future.
- How do you practice your faith besides going to worship? Do you pray? How does your faith affect your daily life?
Meeting 4 - By April May 11
Review your statement of faith with your sponsor. Your sponsor can suggest edits for spelling and grammar mistakes and can give you a sense of whether your ideas could be stated with greater clarity. But the overall content is yours. You can get ideas for helping you formulate your statement from the Statement of Faith page.