A Confirmation Mentor should:
· Be an individual who is committed to a growing personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
· Be committed to spending a minimum of one hour each week, beginning the first week of the class (actual meeting time and place arranged by Mentor & Confirmand)
· Be committed to praying regularly for their Confirmand.
· Be willing to build a loving relationship with an adolescent.
· Be available to attend the Confirmation Class Retreat #1 on January 8th-9th, Mentor Training Session (during Confirmation Class Retreat #1), Mentor Meeting (March 11th, 6-7 p.m.), Class Party #2 (March 5th), Confirmation Celebration Brunch (May 2nd).
· Be willing to submit to a full background check for any abuse or criminal history. This is required for ALL adults who work with children at First Presbyterian Church and is processed with strict confidentiality.
In order to support them in this process each mentor will be provided:
· A training session on Mentoring (during Confirmation Class Retreat #1).
· An outline of the class schedule.
· A commitment by the Confirmation instructors to lift you up in prayer and to be available to address any issues that may arise.
Choosing a Mentor
Things to keep in mind when choosing a mentor:
College student or adult in the church? First, we feel that this is an individual family choice. We want to give you as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision, but ultimately each student is unique which means each student’s faith is unique and that should be taken into consideration as your family discusses possible mentors. So here are some things to keep in mind while making a decision…
- The more relationships students have with people who are walking with Christ, the more likely it is that students will continue to walk with Christ through all circumstances of life. Therefore, if your student has a relationship with a Small Group or CONNECT leader already, an adult would add another person into their life who is walking with Christ. Also, we discourage choosing a family member as a mentor for the same reason.
- We highly encourage you to choose a mentor who is a member of or regularly attends First Presbyterian because one of the purposes of the class is to prepare them to be members here. There occasionally are exceptions to this so please run them by Johnson if you are considering this possibility.
- College students have very busy schedules, especially if they are already committed as leaders to youth ministry here. They also don’t start school until after the first retreat (the one that mentors are supposed to go to) which makes it likely they may not be able to come. Some live close by and are willing to sacrifice part of their Christmas break to participate, but others aren’t able to.
- We also should say that there are always a handful of mentors missing from the first retreat (college & non-college) and the retreat is designed to accommodate that. We aren’t saying not to choose a mentor just because he/she wouldn’t be able to be at the first retreat. We just wanted you to know up front that it may be the case.
- Ultimately, what is most important is that the adult is passionate about their relationship with Christ and the Confirmand.
Youth Ministry Small Groups
Where do the groups meet?
Middle School: Johnson’s house-contact Amy Hodges for address
High School – Davin’s house: contact Amy for address
-Tuesday nights: 5:30-6:30
-Wednesday nights: 5:30-6:30
(Wednesday is full)
- Tuesday Nights 6-7pm
- Sunday Afternoons 1-2pm
When do small groups begin and end?
Small groups begin September 8. We hope to continue small groups through the fall, ending December 13. At this time, Thanksgiving week is the only scheduled week off.
What happens if there is bad weather?
In mild bad weather (scattered rain, etc) we will continue to meet outside under waterproof canopy tents
In severe weather (snow, heavy thunderstorms, etc) we will cancel that week’s small group and resume the following week. We will do our best to anticipate inclimate weather early and communicate in a timely manner.
Can I just show up to a small group?
Please sign up for a small group ahead of time. This enables us to facilitate the safest practices during this pandemic season.
Where can I sign my student up?
Middle school: https://1stpres.com/middle-school/
High school: https://1stpres.com/high-school/
What will my student be learning?
Middle School: join us as we study through the book of Acts! We will take a look at the work that God was doing through the early church and how that parallels to the work He is still doing in the church today!
High School: We are kicking off the fall studying Christian leadership! We will examine how the Bible emphasizes character as a foundation to leadership and how God has created you with unique leadership gifts and skills.
Is it ok if we just come from time to time? We strongly encourage you to attend every week to enable these small groups to be the most fruitful time for everyone who signed up for the limited spaces available.
What will communication look like?
We hope to keep this rhythm as simple and straightforward as possible. If there are unforeseen issues that arise, we will communicate any changes as early as possible. Given how much uncertainty there is in this season, please be gracious with us as we do our best to navigate potential challenges that arise last minute and consequent communications to resolve those challenges.
What do we need to bring to small group?
Each student should bring their Bible, face mask, fold out chair, and a notebook/pen.
Is this plan Covid-proof?
While we cannot definitively say that there is NO risk involved, we can assure you that the students will abide by any and all safety guidelines that have been suggested to us by health officials (social distancing, hand sanitization, masks when appropriate, etc.)
What pandemic practices are in place?
Our pandemic practices will align with CDC and state recommendations, as affirmed by our church-wide posture. Pandemic practices may change throughout the fall depending on governmental restrictions and church-wide decisions. We aim to stay conservative in our approach to safety and we commit to clear communication prior to any changes. Our practices include:
- Students will meet outside and seating will be spaced six feet apart.
- Students will be expected to wear their face mask when not sitting down
- Students will be expected to bring their own chairs to keep contact to a minimum. Also, Bibles, pens, notebooks
- Attendance will be taken to ensure quick contract tracing and communication if necessary.
- Students are asked to use the bathroom before attending small group. The bathrooms in the houses will only be available for emergencies.
- Students will be asked to stay home for two weeks if they are showing signs of illness, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or has tested positive themselves.