Area 12:2

First Communion and Youth Confirmation

4th - 9th grade this coming fall.
Information for both Our Shepherd members and to people who have connections to our church. If you are planning to enroll your children in Confirmation and First Communion at a church other than Our Shepherd, kindly disregard this information. We’d also appreciate it if you would notify the church office ( ).
 
For those who intend to enroll in either (or both) Confirmation and First Communion at Our Shepherd, read on!
  • Confirmation Orientation for parents and students: September 3 at 6:30-7:30 PM in the church Lower Level
  • Confirmation Classes for parents and students begin: September 8 at 9:45-10:45 AM in the Church Gym.
  • First Communion Classes begin for parents and students: September 8 at 12:30-1:45 PM in the Church Library (a second opportunity for this class begins Feb. 23, 2020). Lunch is provided.
  • Confirmation Retreat for first and second year students: October 4-6.
  • What you need to do now: please fill out the online registration form. It will take about five minutes.

First Communion

First Communion instruction is comprised of a series of six classes which both parent and child attend. Children as young as 4th grade, and very occasionally, even younger, can be ready to receive this miraculous gift from God.
 
Parents and children should talk together about readiness. Does your child understand his or her need for forgiveness and a reliance on Christ for salvation? Do they understand God works through communion to give His people forgiveness and the strengthening of faith? Does he or she show a curiosity to understand more? Do they have a desire to begin receiving the sacrament?
 
Our Shepherd’s pastors are happy to meet with parents in order to help with this decision. Completion of the classes does not obligate your child to attend Communion.
 
Please note: there is no orientation class for First Communion. Simply choose which session you would like to attend, and complete the registration form online.
 
 
FIRST COMMUNION: DATES TO REMEMBER
 
  • First Communion Sessions, Fall 2019: A total of six weekly classes beginning Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 12:30-1:45 PM in the Church Library. Lunch is provided. Students attending these classes will receive First Communion on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in the 11:00 service.
  • First Communion Sessions, Spring 2020: A total of six weekly classes beginning Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 12:30-1:45 PM in the Church Library. Lunch is provided. Students attending these classes will receive First Communion on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in the 11:00 service.
WHO CAN ENROLL IN FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES?
You need to choose only one series of classes (Fall 2019 or Spring 2020).
 
  • OPTIONAL: 4th – 7th grade students in public school or OSLS.
  • OPTIONAL: 8th grade OSLS students (these students will receive instruction in Holy Communion during their daily Religion class in April 2020, prior to Confirmation Sunday. If your child would like to receive Holy Communion prior to Confirmation Sunday, he or she should register for First Communion Class).
  • REQUIRED: 8th grade public school students who haven’t previously taken this class.
WHEN SHOULD YOU ENROLL?
NOW! Please CLICK HERE and go to the online registration form. It will take less than five minutes. When you are determining which series of classes to attend, please remember both parent and child attend each class.
 

Youth Confirmation

Confirmation is a two-year program at Our Shepherd. Parents attend with their children from September—November. The children attend on their own from January—April. While “first year” students are typically 7th grade, and “second year” typically 8th, that is not always the case. Depending on life circumstances, some students begin later, or skip a year, as they move through the Confirmation program. We strive to be flexible in providing thorough instruction and preparation of our students, while at the same time taking life circumstances into consideration.
 
 
BIG NEWS: CONFIRMATION RETREAT IS BIGGER AND BETTER!
This year’s retreat is very different from previous years:
  • Both first-year and second-year students will attend
  • The retreat takes place October 4-6, 2019, rather than in late February
  • The retreat is longer: Friday—Sunday, encompassing two nights and six meals
In addition to these changes, we’ve chosen a new facility to host our retreat – Faholo (which stands for Faith, Hope, and Love) Conference Center in Grass Lake, Michigan. You can learn more about Faholo by going to their website: https://www.faholo.org/.
 
We’ll send an email in the near future which will go into more detail about the retreat. For now, please SAVE THE DATES: October 4-6, 2019.
 
Please note: Your child is welcome to attend all or part of the retreat, as obligations allow. If your child has an obligation that will prevent attendance of the entire retreat, please let Pastor Woodfin know ( ).
 
MORE NEWS
We’re working to reduce paper consumption, and to make the “filling out forms” part of Confirmation as painless as possible. So we’ve moved the registration form online. You can begin registering your child right now by CLICKING HERE and filling out the registration form. Even if you registered your child last year, please complete the online form. It will take you less than five minutes. Thank you!
 
 
CONFIRMATION: DATES TO REMEMBER
  • Confirmation Orientation for parents and students: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, 6:30-7:30 PM in Our Shepherd’s Lower Level. Please make sure you have completed the online registration form before that day.
  • Confirmation Classes for parents and students begin: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 9:45-10:45 AM in Our Shepherd’s Church Gym. Please make sure you have completed the online registration form before that day.
  • Confirmation Retreat for first and second year students: October 4-6, 2019.

Teen Bible Study

Sundays 9:45am- 10:45am

 
Every Sunday morning Meg Perrault and/or Karl Reading lead the Junior
and Senior High students through a study on the book of Romans. Enjoy
the donuts, fellowship, and study! Consider inviting one of your high
school friends!

Area 12:2 is founded on the words of Romans 12:2 which says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

Area 12:2 exists to provide an outlet for Jr.  High and High School students to gather for fun activities, mingle with other Christian youth, and renew their minds. Teen Nights typically offer upbeat praise music with one of our youth bands, skits, devotions, small group discussions, videos, games, hang-out time, food and always outrageous fun. We always meet in the Teen Room at the West end of the church, so grab a buddy on Tuesday or Sunday evening and check us out! Bring $3 to cover food. Be sure to check out our website for updates, more details and photos.

PARENTS: Please pick up promptly at 8:00pm for Jr. High and 9:00pm for High School events in the FRONT of the church gym. Also, we need your help to make our program a success! Please consider volunteering to drive, chaperone, lead a small group, share your story, or just hang out and love our young people. Come once or come every week!

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