Fourth Presbyterian Church
Confirmation Faith Narrative Assignment
Since September, Confirmation has sought to prepare you to make a profession of faith and become an Active Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church. Whether you were baptized as a child or whether you will be baptized upon your profession of faith, Pastor Rocky and your Circle Group Leaders have invited you to reflect on the central claims of the Christian faith as expressed in the Apostle’s Creed and to relate them to your own life.
Now, as the year comes to an end, we ask you to share what this process has meant for you. Your Confirmation Faith Narrative will be shared with Pastor Rocky, the Confirmation Circle Leaders, and the Session of Fourth Church (the elected group of Elders who are responsible for receiving people into Active Membership). The prompts below are offered as a guide. They suggest that you structure your narrative in three sections--the past, the present, and the future—so that what you write will be less of a statement about what you believe and more a story of your life in faith. You are not expected to answer every prompt; they are there to guide your story.
Please call or email Pastor Rocky if any part of the statement gives you trouble or is unclear. Significant time at the spring retreat will be spend working on it. Please email your finished narrative to Pastor Rocky no later than Saturday, April 13th.
Thank you for your courage in this journey.
Part 1: The Past
Talk about your life in faith before Confirmation.
- What are some of your early experiences of church? Were they positive?
- Do you recall an experience of God when you were younger? How did you relate to Jesus? As a friend? A teacher? An authority?
- Who were some important people who taught you faith? Were they in your family? Sunday school teachers? What stories or images did they share with you?
- Who did you relate to in the faith community? Friends? Pastors? Teachers?
- How did you encounter the Bible before Confirmation? Did you read it for yourself? At church? Were there specific stories that made an impression on you?
- How did you live out your faith prior to Confirmation? Did you regularly attend Sunday school or worship? Did you help with church service projects? How did you talk about God with people outside of church?
- What, if anything, has Confirmation changed about your faith?
Part 2: The Present
Describe your faith today, as Confirmation is ending.
- Has studying the Apostle’s Creed clarified your faith? Made it stronger? Challenged it?
- What has your circle group meant to you?
- What were the retreat(s) like for you?
- Does your faith feel different to you now than it did before you began Confirmation?
- Are there elements of the Biblical story that have meaning for you now? What do they mean for you?
- How are you talking about your faith now, both at church and outside of it? Are there things you definitely say you believe?
- Are there practices that are important to you now, like Scripture reading or prayer? What role do they play in your life?
- Is there an image or phrase that you think represents your faith at this point in your life?
Part 3: The Future
As best you can, describe the role you want faith to play in your life after Confirmation.
- Are there problems in the world that your faith compels you to work on? What are they?
- What do you imagine your faith will be affected by high school?
- Does God factor into your dreams about a career and work?
- Are there questions that came up in Confirmation that you want to keep asking, like the relationship between science and religion?
- Are there things about Christian faith that you want to explore further, specific beliefs or habits?
- [Please answer this question]: Are you planning to make a profession of faith now and become an Active Member of the church? What has helped you make that decision?