Class of 2020


Our 2020 Confirmation Class at Long Beach First UMC will be beginning in January. Confirmation is open to students in the 8th grade and above. We invite older students who have not yet been confirmed to take part. Confirmation will be led by Rev. Jon Kaufman, Rev. Ben Barlow, and Mary Woodruff. 

WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?  Confirmation is the decision a person makes to respond to God's grace with intentional commitment, publicly affirming his or her baptismal vows before the congregation. Put plainly, it is when a person says for themselves publicly, "I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST," what I have been taught about God, and what my parents and church have instilled in me, and I am deciding to follow Jesus with my words, actions, and the life I lead. Confirmation is a deliberate time of preparation leading up to this monumental step of claiming their belief. During this confirmation experience, confirmands learn about the meaning of Christian faith; the history and teachings of Church and The United Methodist Church; and explore the baptismal and vows of discipleship they will be professing. If your student has not been baptized, this opportunity will be offered as well.  

This year, we are excited to launch an online portion of this experience. The students will receive weekly videos and discussion questions to answer. As well, they will have an opportunity to share with each other, ask additional questions for our Sunday discussions, and share with you what they are learning. There will be 8 online sessions, beginning Jan. 20th and ending March 16th. (no virtual lesson will be assigned the week of Mardi Gras) The students will need a Gmail or Google account to sign into our Google Classroom. Mary can help them get started with this if they need assistance. 

It is important that you participate in the full confirmation experience—virtual lessons & discussions, Sunday morning classes, outreach projects, retreat, etc. Participation is extremely important. If you know you has to miss because of a prior commitment, please let Mary Woodruff know beforehand.  

Confirmation Dates:

Jan. 12, 2020 - 9:45am in Heritage Hall- Students and Parents Informational Meeting and Gathering

Jan. 20, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 1

Jan. 24-25, 2020 - Confirmation Retreat @Seashore Assembly

Jan. 27, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 2

Feb. 2, 2020 - Sunday morning class- Heritage Hall 9:45 am

Feb. 3, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 3

Feb. 9, 2020 - Sunday morning class- Heritage Hall 9:45 am

Feb. 10, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 4

Feb. 16, 2020 - Sunday morning class- Heritage Hall 9:45 am

Feb. 17, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 5

Feb. 28- March 1, 2020-  The Gathering@ Christ UMC in Jackson, MS

March 2, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 6

March 8, 2020 - Sunday morning class- Heritage Hall 9:45 am

March 9, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 7

March 15, 2020 - Sunday morning class- Heritage Hall 9:45 am

March 16, 2020 - Launch Virtual Lesson 8

March 22, 2020 - Sunday morning class- Heritage Hall 9:45 am

March 29, 2020 - final Sunday morning class and Rehearsal for Confirmation Sunday - Heritage Hall 9:45 am

April 19, 2020 -  Confirmation Sunday 8:30am Main Campus Sanctuary with reception to follow in CLC. 

CONFIRMATION RETREAT - Friday, January 24-25th, 2020 The cost will be $50 for each student with the church paying the remainder of the $125 fee. We don’t want finances to be a barrier, so there is financial assistance if needed.  

THE GATHERING - Friday, February 28 - March 1, 2020, A Youth Worship Conference hosted by the MS Conference of the United Methodist Church  The cost is $60 to cover hotel cost; in addition, the students will need spending money for travel meals, t-shirt, etc.  Our church will cover the cost of the conference. 

We feel privileged to share this time with you and your student. We look forward to our time together as they learn and grow in this stage of their Christian Discipleship. 

Jan. 24-25, 2020 Retreat Registration

SUMA-Confirmation-2020-Brochure (pdf)