Confirmation

A time for students to personally decide to confirm the vows of their baptism.

A Public Affirmation of Faith

In Confirmation, a group of students join together to explore who Christ is, what it means to know Jesus through a life-long relationship and how we can follow Him as United Methodists.

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Confirmation registration is closed for the 2017-18 school year.

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is not simply a “rite of passage” or just a class to complete. It is a step in a life-long journey of pursuing the heights, depths and widths of God’s love and making a vow to live in relationship with Jesus for the rest of our lives!  You do not need to be a member of Church of the Resurrection to join us on the Confirmation Journey.

The Confirmation Ceremony is the students' first public affirmation of the faith of the church as being their own faith. The Confirmand is taking responsibility for living as a member of the body of Christ and for fulfilling God's purposes. This includes building relationships with peers and adults who will support them in their faith. We strongly believe this is done through small group relationships long after Confirmation is over.

Small groups are gender and grade specific. All students are put into small groups with 2-3 adult mentors (no friend requests made for groups). However, we will make all effort to put in groups according to feeder high school area. Please let Teri Chalker know in advance if you have any group concerns or needs for your student.

I learned more than I ever thought I would. I could speak my mind and I learned to ask myself 'What would Jesus want me to do?' more often.
Confirmation Students

Confirmation Requirements

Requirements for the 2017-2018 school year include:

  • Attend mandatory Parent & Student Kick-off: Sept. 24, 1-3 pm, Student Center.
  • Attend weekly sessions: Sundays, 10:40-12:15 pm starting Oct. 1 in Student Center (to be confirmed, you cannot miss more than 4 sessions)
    • We will not meet: Nov. 26, Dec. 10 – Dec. 31st, or Feb. 18.
  • Participate in at least one other weekly activity at Resurrection to get connected.
  • Serve in missions with your small group.
  • Attend mandatory retreat on Feb. 23, 5:30-10:30 pm at Resurrection Leawood.
  • Attend Confirmation Ceremony on March 4th, 2 pm in Resurrection Leawood Sanctuary.
  • Students must be baptized. If they have not been baptized, please indicate that on the registration form. A special Confirmation baptism ceremony will be held Nov. 12 at 12:30 pm in the Student Center.
  • Serve as an Acolyte or Cross Bearer at least 3 times. Register here
  • Fill out Medical Release form.  Print Medical Release 2017 18 and fill out and give to your confirmation mentor.

Dates and topics:

  • Sept. 24th 1-3pm Student Center:  Parent & Student Kick-off
  • Oct. 1st  God is the Father Speaker:   Confirmation Pastor
  • Oct. 8th  God is the Son  Speaker:  Andy Guarini
  • Oct. 15th  Sin and Salvation  Speaker:   Dirk Hubbard
  • Oct. 22nd  God is the Holy Spirit  Speaker:  Sam Johnson
  • Oct. 29th  Why the Church?  Speaker:  Jake Huppert
  • Nov. 5th EXPERIENCE WEEK: Attend Church service together
  • Nov. 12th What is forgiveness & grace?  Speaker Bobbi Jo Reed
  • Nov. 12th 12:30-1:15pm Confirmation Baptism in Student Center
  • Nov. 19th The Promise of the Resurrection  Speaker Taylor Ogden Thomas
  • Nov. 26th  No confirmation–Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Dec. 3rd The Gifts of Christmas  Speaker:  Nick  Kaufmann
  • Dec. 3rd  12:15-1:30pm Christmas Lunch in the student center
  • Dec. 10th– Dec. 31st  No confirmation–Christmas break
  • Jan. 7th Understanding the Bible Speaker:  Chris Abel
  • Jan. 14th Prayer and Spiritual Disciplines  Speaker:  Darryl Burton
  • Jan. 21st EXPERIENCE WEEK:  Visit another United Methodist Church
  • Jan. 28th Meet 12:15-1:45pm Q&A Lunch with Pastor Adam Hamilton (no regular class this week)
  • Feb. 4th Christianity and being a United Methodist  Speaker:  Dave MaGee
  • Feb. 11th Game Show/Prayerwalk
  • Feb. 18th NO CONFIRMATION-Presidents Day
  • Feb. 23rd Lesson 10 RETREAT (Mandatory) 5:30-10:30pm (Student Center)
  • March 4th CONFIRMATION CEREMONY (Mandatory) 2:00pm (in Main Sanctuary) Students arrive by 1:15pm to Room B206 West Building B

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Take the youth-friendly assessment by clicking here  (it should take about 10-15 minutes) and bring your results with you to Confirmation on Oct. 29th, 2017.

Serve with Confirmation

Whether you are a Confirmand or you are looking to volunteer with our Confirmation program, we have ways for you to get involved.

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Teri Chalker

Confirmation/Wild 1's Coordinator

Teri believes she has the best "job" in the world! She gets to hang out with kids! She wears two hats: on one side, she works in Children's Ministries with the WILD1's 5th grade youth group; on the other side, she works in Student Ministries with the Confirmation program. 

Teri has two children, Jordan and Josh. She and her husband Brad were high school sweethearts. She went to KU (Rock Chalk!) but married a Wildcat. She loves watching her kids in their activities and cheering them on. She also enjoys boating and being on the water and loves to travel.  

She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in both Kansas and Missouri, but has been working at Resurrection since 2002. She feels that God has placed her in these ministries - she would never have picked them for the direction of her life. God is good that way, huh?

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Taylor Ogden Thomas

Care and Development Program Director

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Dave MaGee

Director of Student Ministries

Dave has served in rezlife Student Ministries since 2006, serving as the Director since 2013.

Dave grew up in a large UMC in the Houston, Texas area, attended Vanderbilt University for college, and went to Duke University for seminary. He has served in full time youth ministry since 1999.

In ministry Dave has a passion for teaching the Bible and theology, leading missions and raising up student leaders. In his free time, Dave is an enormous sports fan, especially SEC football and Duke Blue Devils basketball.

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Nick Kaufmann

Worship Leader for Students and Children

Shalom!

As I get older I try to be who I needed when I was younger. It helps me relate to students. I believe in building community with our students. It is a community that builds upon a foundation of Jesus Christ's values in life. I believe in guiding students as they wrestle with their thoughts and feelings about God. It is my hope that each student roots themselves in faith so that they may understand God more fully.

Students will learn about loving our neighbors from me. I also invite students to experience and serve a diverse humanity created by God with me. I believe every student is a vessel for expressing God's love in the world.

Peace.

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Deborah Comstock

Event & Volunteer Program Director

Deborah likes to refer to herself as a party planner for Jesus. She plans events for students in 6th - 12th grade, everything thing from retreats, mission trips, camps and other fun events. 

If you want to get connected and volunteer with youth, she's the person. She gets people plugged in to volunteer for all of the events, behind the scenes activities, and hanging out with youth each week.

Deborah has been on staff in this role 10 plus years. She's married and his two daughters and one grandson. Favorite verse is Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people.

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