MUMC Confirmation Program

Our Confirmation Program is offered to 8th grade youth* who wish to be confirmed into the United Methodist Church.

*Youth older than 8th grade seeking to be confirmed are invited to join this program as well.

Confirmation is not the beginning or the end of the faith journey; it's a step along the journey. In the United Methodist Church, baptism and communion are the only two sacraments (outward and visible signs that represent the inward, invisible acts of the Holy Spirit). Baptism is an act of God that initiates us into Christ's holy church, affirming and claiming God's acts of salvation, and giving new birth through water and Spirit. Confirmation is not a sacrament but more of a "right of passage" as young people make their own choices to grow in Christian discipleship. In today's United Methodist Church, the Service of Confirmation is the act of confirming what God has already done in baptism. If a youth has not been baptized as an infant or child, baptism with water is included in the Service of Confirmation. In the early Methodist tradition baptized members of all ages gathered in small groups regularly for accountability, outreach, nurture and spiritual growth; however, that practice has changed dramatically through the years. The idea of "confirmation" returned to the Methodist tradition in the 1960's. There is no single configuration for this process, and each local church determines what is most effective for the young people within their congregation.

Confirmation Program

Sunday Morning Confirmation Class, 9:30 - 10:40am Confirmation will begin on September 14, 2014 and continue weekly through May 24, 2015. With assistance and guidance from Associate Pastor, Kathleen Stolz, the program will be led by Junior High Director, Bethany Carl & other volunteers who love youth. Young people will explore:

  1. What it means to be a child of God and a Christian
  2. What is the Church and who is a United Methodist
  3. Make a choice to follow the path of Christian discipleship within this congregation through a personal profession of faith in the service called "Confirmation"

Studying the United Methodist CREDO Confirmation Curriculum alongside committed adults will give youth the opportunity to:

  • KNOW THEIR STORY... by encountering the faith narrative from creation to Christianity.
  • CONFIRM THEIR FAITH... by embracing the essential beliefs and practices of The United Methodist Church.
  • LIVE THEIR COMMITMENT... by embodying the confirmation vows and embarking on the Christian discipleship journey.

For more information about the Credo Confirmation program,

Additional Confirmation Activities

A complete Confirmation experience will include more than just the Sunday morning classroom experience. The morning classes will be enhanced as the students participate in the following activities:

  1. Conversations with the Pastors, 6-8pm (some) Sunday Nights with Pastor Joe, Pastor Kathleen and a group of adult mentors. Dates for these meetings can be found in the Schedule at the bottom of this page. These meetings will happen five times throughout the course of the program.
  2. We expect youth to Worship Regularly - at least twice a month at one of Medford UMC worship services.
  3. There will be Occasional Trips to deepen understanding of other faith traditions and our United Methodist roots.
  4. Service and Outreach Opportunities will be scheduled throughout the year.
  5. Participation in The Retreat, March 20-22, 2015, during which time we will explore what we believe, including study of The Apostles Creed.

Youth will be confirming their faith commitment during the The Service of Confirmation on Sunday, May 31, 2015 during the 11 am service.

For a complete Calendar of Dates, Curriculum Topics, and Event Details, please click on the links below:

Please call the church office or email Pastor Kathleen Stolz at with any question you may have or to enroll your child in the program.

As members of the Medford United Methodist Church Youth Group, we recognize ourselves as a community of Christ - each member is individual and unique and yet together we comprise a single body of Christ (Romans 12:4-5). Each of us is a representative of not only ourselves and our Youth Group but also our families, our church, and the Christian faith. We embrace this code as a promise to ourselves and to each other to always be Open, Honest and Respectful.