This lent once again our Confirmation Youth small groups will be active with opportunities for advocacy service and learning opportunities. Below you will find the information you need to help you on your lenten advocacy journey.
Watch the informational video!
Take a moment to watch the video created about this year’s opportunities.
When are the experiences?
Week 1 experiences to meet with the special speakers will be on Wednesday evenings at either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (Once everyone has decided which experience we will work out which time works best) Give 2 dates that can work for your small group Dates: March 9; 16; 23; 30 April 6
Week 2 conversations with Kelly will be an option for you to choose a zoom or in person. Sundays 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. (Once everyone has decided which experience will work with their small groups we will work out a time that works best.) Give 2 dates that can work for your small group. Dates: 13; 20; 27; April 3
++NOTE++ The times are worked around the worship services to make it easier for attendance.
Why are there 3 “Weeks”?
In a way, it is 2 weeks’ worth of time with a total of 2.5 hours of participation time. Which is the average of time spent together in the past experiences. The 3rd “week” can be discussed at the week 2 meeting and can be created on your own time.
What does creative presentation mean?
This is not as intimidating as it seems. We basically want to teach our youth (YOU) how to share what they’ve learned. Advocating! This is a very simple step. You are going to write a short blog. 2 paragraphs of 3 or 4 sentences for each paragraph. Plus 2-3 photos of their time together. Simple questions to answer to help write it:
• What was your experience? Who led it? What were 2 things that stuck out most in what you heard in the conversation? What action did you take after you met with the special speaker? How can people learn more? Why was this experience important?
Why are there so many “things to do”?
These experiences are very intentional. We want YOU/the students to go a little bit deeper and learn how to be advocates and what it means to be Beloved Community. Donating items, or doing fundraisers are helpful elements of caring for the community, however, these experiences are put together to learn more about why we do the actions we do.
What if my group cannot make the dates?
This is why they are set up the way they are. Youth are already used to coming at these times. Also, if you need to bring your spouse or child(ren) you can! These are experiences that youth can do along with their families as well.
What if another group wants to meet on the same date and time?
THAT’S GREAT! This is set up so that you CAN do these experiences with other small groups. So having more than one group at an experience is ok. And totally encouraged!
What is the community page?
This was mentioned at the start of the confirmation year. It is a private community page made for Nativity. Families can join too! Think of it as an interactive forum or a better-organized Facebook! There are spaces to ask for prayers, to share events or volunteer experiences at Nativity or in our community, book and movie suggestions for social justice themes, and a place just to chat! Currently, we will be using this just for Confirmation students and families. This will keep us all connected as a community. CLICK HERE to join!
What do we do now?
Glad you asked! Here is your timeline!
1. Meet with your small group to discuss your choices of advocacy experiences.
2. Have your confirmation leader send Kelly an email ( email@example.com) with your choice. (please choose 2 dates that could work for you).
3. Mark your calendars for your dates.
4. Join the community page and interact with each other!