Creative Ideas for Confirmation
Bunting Banner Names
Using bunting banners (see How to Make) hang the names of everyone being confirmed round the church (see Gallery photo). This makes the people being confirmed feel acknowledged and reinforces the quote, ‘I have called you by name, you are mine’.
Make an altar frontal (see How to Make) with the words on front ‘I CALLED BY NAME’ either to put in the church where the confirmation is to take place or to put up the first Sunday after the confirmation when the newly confirmed receive Communion in their own church for the first time. Since not everyone in the parish may have been able to go to the confirmation service it gives the local church an opportunity to welcome home those who are newly confirmed.
The Bag for Life
Make a bag for each candidate that holds things that are symbols for the Christian journey that they are about to go on (see The Bag for Life in Creative Ideas for Baptism and Gallery photos).
In Revelation 2.17 we are told, ‘I give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone on which is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it’. After each person is confirmed they are given a blank white stone. They are invited to think what name God might call them by and then invited to write the name on the stone. They might choose something like ‘child of God’ or ‘precious child’. The stone can be kept somewhere safe as a reminder of their confirmation.
There are two different confirmation certificates ready to download and print (see How to Make).
Blessing of Baptism Candle
If any of the confirmation candidates still has the candle they were given at their baptism invite them to bring it back to the confirmation service and it can be relit blessed.
Put the names of the candidates onto candles so that everyone is given ‘The light of Christ’ to take home from the service (see Gallery photo and How to Make).
Prayers of Intercession
Ask the families of the confirmation candidates to read the readings or prayers at the confirmation service.
Think of a suitable book to give to each candidate. Obviously this might be a Bible or a prayer book, but there are many books that are inspirational and make excellent and sometimes challenging reading for those newly confirmed. Here are some suggestions:
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
The Enduring Melody by Michael Mayne
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
There is a card for Godparents to give to Godchildren (see How to Make).
Make a cake for the church congregation to share the first time the candidates receive Communion after the confirmation service. Gather them together to cut the cake.
Continuing Group Meeting
If the confirmation group has gelled well suggest that it continues to meet regularly so that people can continue to study together or have a meal together. Members of the group have shared a very special time in their lives and it can be very helpful to keep the group going so they can encourage each other as their journey continues.
Watching suitable films is a great way to get people engaged in a topic. There are a number of excellent films available about the life of Christ as well as many films that have a spiritual content and a challenging message that would make for a good group discussion after they have been watched. Here are some suggestions:
Goodbye Bafana (about Nelson Mandela)
Rabbit Proof Fence (Australian)
The Chorus (French with subtitles)
The Way (walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela)