I had lunch this week with a mom of one of our youth’s and was encouraged that she felt like Confirmation gets to be put on the “Mama-Do” list. The list where she possess a limited, but powerful few cards that get to be drawn on to have her youth participate in something that she feels is worthwhile. The youth, can obviously have whatever feeling she may have, but has to at least try whatever the “Mama-Do” ask is asking. I did remind the parent that the program is called Confirm not Conform, but was also glad that she trusts the process and is willing to put her own weight behind it. We start our class sessions in September! Here are a few of the next steps we will be taking - a continuation from our July 12th blog post…
It is time to - plan an informational meeting for parents and youth.
Although it is better to have a meeting ahead of the first session, it is far better to have one after the program starts than not have one at all. This meeting is generally an hour long. More information can be found in the Getting Started Guide. At the moment, don’t worry about details; just get a potential time on the calendar.
I will be sure that I - Review the Commitment Pledge.
This can be adjusted for your needs, but have a sense of what you are asking (or want to ask) of participants, parents, and your faith community. The Commitment Pledge can be found on page 6 of the Quick Start Guide.
Then I will Plan our communications.
Take a few minutes to write down who needs to be in the loop: parents, youth, church leaders, youth ministers, and others. Sketch out any immediate communication needs: what they need to know, when they need to know, and how you will contact them.
Stay tuned for the final to-do tasks for a successful start to your Confirm not Conform year.
And always reach out for ideas or help - firstname.lastname@example.org
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