These sessions are designed to give you an idea of things you can do with the young people in your parish or deanery as part of the Diocesan Confirmation programme.
These ideas are not, and should not be seen as, a comprehensive programme that can or should be followed every week.
The Confirmation programme for the Diocese has been designed specifically to allow for flexibility in its delivery; taking into account the different resources, both human and practical, that each deanery can call upon.
You can choose to use as may or as few of these ideas as you want. And you are also, obviously, free to use our own resources and ideas.
Each session is aimed to last about an hour.
There are sample icebreakers that can be used at the start of each session as a separate document.
There are sample prayers that can be used at the end of each session as a separate document. Good practice would suggest that each session should end with some social time: whether that is snacks and drinks with music on an iPod or something a bit more structured such as a trip to McDonald's or even watching a film.
Sessions can be downloaded as a PDF or you can simply follow the session on your phone. The sessions have been deliberately created to be as easy to use and follow as possible. There are not many resources needed to run any of the sessions.
You should remember that these sessions are not designed to offer a formal catechetical instruction. That side of things is done in school by qualified teachers in a specific learning environment. The RE teachers at school have Diocesan resources available for that instruction.
These sessions are designed to offer a complementary option to that catechesis. They are for parishes and PA's to welcome young people into their community. They are designed to allow parishes to learn more about their young people.
They follow the Synod 2020 themes
- All are Called and Gifted by God: We share our gifts as leaders with the young people and ask them to share their gifts with the parish community. But first we must learn what those gifts are.
- Sharing the Mission of Jesus: We are asking the young people to take part in the mission of the Church after their Confirmation and so we have to ask them where they see themselves in that mission as they use their God given gifts.
- How we pray together: We end each session with a time of communal prayer, and we offer different ways to pray together in the different sessions.
- Building Community, Nurturing Belonging: The sessions are specifically set up to build communities by asking leaders in the parishes to welcome young people rather than specifically offering formal instruction. We are nurturing their belonging by reminding them they are welcome in this place and in the Church in general.