Hands on Faith - - Youth Ministry


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

Way of Life Confirmation Program 2018-2019

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 16th, 2017 at 2:00pm in the Chapel.  Parents are welcome.

The Way of Life class will usually meet with Rev. Fidler 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 15) and other opportunities to enrich and grow faith. 

In the September 2019 they begin the “Nuts & Bolts” portion of the Confirmation program with Pastors Bridget and celebrate the Rite of Confirmation in November 2020.

Those choosing to begin Way of Life Confirmation this fall should attend worship on October 28th, Bible Sunday to receive their new Bible


Nuts & Bolts 9th Grade Confirmation Program 2018

Nuts and Bolts is the second phase of our Confirmation program.  Confirmands meet every week from September 16th- November 4th, at 2:00pm.

There will be an Orientation on Sunday, September 16th at 2:00pm

Confirmands will 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 November 5th.  

The Rite of Confirmation will be November 11th, 2018


* Nuts & Bolts Confirmation Class 2018 *

Chapel, 2:00-3:30pm






Sunday, Sept. 16th


Orientation for Parents and Students


Sunday, Sept. 23rd




Sunday, Sept. 30th





Sunday, Oct. 7th




The Sacraments


 Q&A with the Deacons

Sunday Oct. 14th


The Bible 

Choose a verse from the Bible for Confirmation. 


Sunday, Oct. 21st




Rise Against Hunger Event


All Church Event


Sunday, Oct 28th




Conversation with our Muslim Neighbors


Parents are welcome


Sunday, Nov. 4th




Presentation of faith statements to Deacons and families.





Thursday, Nov. 8th


6:30 -8:30pm


Family Rehearsal Dinner


Fellowship Hall


Sunday, Nov. 11th


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 a Sunday to be a lay reader for a worship service between Sept. 23 and Nov. 4.  A sign-up sheet will be available during Orientation.


  • Make a time to meet Bridget at one of the following times: October 1-4, 8-11, 17, 22-24 (3:00-7:00pm) 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.  A sign-up sheet will be available during the Orientation.