The confirmation process at the First Congregational Church of Darien is based on the idea that one cannot teach faith the way one teaches math, reading, or science; instead one teaches toward faith. We do this in rich and diverse ways — Class Meetings, Community Service Projects, Participation in the Life of the Church, Mentor Relationships, Interfaith Visits, and a culminating Faith Statement. Recognizing that people have various learning styles, we strive to use a balanced mixture of teaching methods, keeping in mind that learning occurs in multiple settings and in thousands of different ways.
The confirmation program spans one calendar year, beginning in May and ending with Confirmation Sunday, usually on the last Sunday in April. Typically, students are confirmed in 8th grade, but often students from other grades participate.
To learn more about the program, contact Rev. Rosenberger or the Church office (203-655-0491).
Each year, typically during the third week in June, we send our youth and adult chaperones on a week-long work and spiritual journey with other youth from around the country. Past programs have seen our youth attend work camps and programs in Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Staten Island, NY, and most recently in Accident, MD. Projects have included rebuilding and repairing homes and schools, cleaning shelters and churches, and harvesting food. Youth may begin attending the mission trip upon the completion of 8th grade. Numerous fundraisers are held throughout the year to keep travel costs manageable and adult chaperones are always in demand. For more information on the 2016 trip, please contact Gary Morello.