Hands on Faith - - Youth Ministry

Hands on Faith

"Great Things are Happening"

(meets the Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month in Fellowship Hall)


meets Sunday - April 23rd

10:00 in Fellowship Hall


See you there!




Our 8th Grade Confirmation Program is called Way of Life.  

Way of Life Confirmation Program 2016-17

In 2015 First Church shifted from a 9th into 10th grade Confirmation program to one that begins in 8th grade during the Church School hour (Sept –June) and then continues into 9th grade (meeting weekly in the afternoon or evening) from September to early November.

Since 2010, our Confirmation program has been taught in two distinct sections: Way of Life (Sept- first week in June) followed by Nuts & Bolts (Sept-first week in Nov). 

Way of Life offers youth an opportunity to explore issues of faith in a small group setting. Session topics include: Life, Bodies, Stuff, Choices, Friends, Welcome, Forgiveness, Justice, Grieving, Music, Prayer and Practice.  along with the "nuts and bolts" of our faith, learning about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments and the church. We use music, film clips, games, crafts, and scripture and spiritual practices explore issues important to teenagers.

There will be an orientation session for those 8th graders interested in participating in the Way of Life confirmation class on Sunday, September 11 during worship in the Chapel.  Parents are welcome.

The Way of Life class will meet with Mary McKenna and Paula Light on two Sunday mornings a month and opportunities to attend worship.  In addition there will be field trips to other houses of worship, serving at Cathedral in the Night (Oct 16) and Feeding Children Everywhere (Oct 23) and other opportunities to enrich and grow faith. 

In the September 2017 they begin the “Nuts & Bolts” portion of the Confirmation program with Pastors Bridget and Diann and celebrate the Rite of Confirmation on November 12, 2017.

Those choosing to begin Way of Life Confirmation this fall should attend worship on October 23, Bible Sunday to receive their new Bible


Nuts & Bolts 9th Grade Confirmation Program 2016

Nuts and Bolts is the second phase of our Confirmation program.  Confirmands meet every week from Sept 18 to Nov 6, 2016.  They cover the foundational aspects of the Christian faith. Students have a one-to-one session with the pastor to help them discover the theme for their Faith Statement.  

Faith Statements are presented to the Deacons and family and friends on Nov 6.  

The Rite of Confirmation will be November 13, 2016.

Nuts & Bolts Confirmation Calendar 2016 





Sunday, Sept. 18


Orientation for Parents and Students


Sunday, Sept. 25th




Sunday, Oct 2nd




Sunday, Oct 9th



The Sacraments


 Q&A with the Deacons

Sunday Oct. 16th


The Bible 

Choose a verse from the Bible for Confirmation.  Use the Scripture Verses handout to help you.

-Bring your Bibles!

Sunday, Oct 23rd


Feeding Children Everywhere Event

Fellowship Hall



Sunday, Oct. 23rd




The United Church of Christ



Sunday, Oct 30th




What We Believe –

First Church Suffield




Sunday, Nov. 6th





Presentation of faith statements to Deacons and families.


Thursday, Nov. 10th


6:30 -9:00pm


Family Rehearsal Dinner




Sunday, Nov. 13th


9:30 am


Meet in Gay Room


Confirmation Sunday






A few important notes:

·       As those about to join the church, it is expected that Confirmands and their parent(s) will attend worship.  Attendance will be taken.

·       Confirmands will choose one Sunday to be a lay reader for a worship service between Sept. 18 and Nov. 6. Please send available         dates asap.

·       Make a time to meet Bridget at one of the following times:

October 4, 5, 12,13, 17,19, 20, 24, 26, 27 during after school hours in order to discuss how to begin writing your faith statement.  Please come with a few ideas about what you believe, question, wonder about or can’t affirm, be prepared to take notes at the meeting. Meeting time is about 45 minutes.