What is a Confirmation Portfolio?The portfolio is a documentation of your requirements for Confirmation. It MINIMALLY consists of the following:
- 9 Worship Service bulletins from acolyte service
- 4 Service Project Reports
- 2 Retreat Reports
It may also contain the following:
- Extra reports/service bulletins that you may have done
- Photos from the activities
- Letters of recognition for your service
- Certificates or awards you may have received for participation
All of these items will be collected in a 3 ring binder. (It is not necessary to do a large, fancy scrapbook.)
When do I start my portfolio?You SHOULD start it by the spring (June)of the 6th grade year. This means all summer activities can be included, and each student only needs one portfolio which they can continue to work on through all Confirmation years.
How do I organize my portfolio?The documents must be organized in either of two ways, either chronologically or by category, as follows:
From 6th Grade
3 times of acolyting
9 Service Bulletins
From 7th Grade
3 times of acolyting
|From 6th Grade||Acolyting|
|3 times of acolyting||9 Service Bulletins|
|From 7th grade||Service Projects|
|3 times of acolyting||4 Service Project Reports|
|2 service projects of 2 hours each||with each one being|
|7th grade retreat paper ||at least 2 hours long |
|From 8th grade||Retreat Reports|
|3 times of acolyting||2 completed retreat|
|2 service projects of 2 hours each||reports from an|
|8th grade retreat paper||APPROVED Retreat|
Purposes of the Confirmation Portfolio
- Help the parents and students track activities that have been completed
- Provide documentation and memories from activities
- The portfolio can be shared at the Confirmation Interview and displayed at church during Confirmation
Creative ideas for the Confirmation Portfolio
- Original artwork, poetry, or music that you may have written
- CD ROM/DVD movies about pertinent faith issues
- Essays or reflection papers (What I learned from doing this)
- Photographs of pertinent activities or events (servant events, the Confirmation retreat, dramas done by student, etc.)
- Photographs of posters or projects such as a timeline of the Bible, maps done by student, etc
- Games (board/card/computer) that you may have designed to teach others such as a “concentration” type card game to teach the 10 commandments.
- Thank you cards from people you may have served
- Newspaper clippings of projects, when applicable
- Interview transcripts from conversations with an elderly person about what his/her faith means to them, or what their Confirmation instruction was like
- Worship folders from services in which the students participated
- Homework assignments from Confirmation classes
For each creative piece included in your portfolio, the important part is your writing about not only what you did, but what you learned from it and why it matters to your Christian faith.
Other Activities with Portfolio Potential:
- Sing on a praise team with permission from one of Trinity’s music staff. For the portfolio simply get the music director to sign the service folder, punch holes, and put it in the binder.
- Serve as a reader of the Bible lessons with permission and direction from a teacher or youth director. For the portfolio simply get the Pastor to sign the service folder, punch holes, and put it in the binder.
- Serve as an usher. For the portfolio simply get the head usher to sign the service folder, punch holes, and put it in the binder.
- Serve on one of the worship preparation teams, such as pew crew, who takes care of “We Care Cards,” Bibles, envelopes, and other information in pews; Altar Guild, who prepare the Communion and Baptism supplies, place the banners and paraments; or Greeters, who welcome people as they arrive at church.
- Help lead music/skits/lessons at VBS or children’s church. For the portfolio, a simple sheet stating what you have done with a signature from either the VBS Director or a supervising teacher would be appropriate. It would also be fun to include photos.
- Go with a Pastor or other staff member to help during a nursing home worship service by playing piano or helping in another way. For the portfolio, a simple sheet stating what you have done with a signature from whomever you accompanied would be appropriate.
- Lead a devotion during a youth group activity. For the portfolio, a simple sheet stating what you have done with a signature from a youth chaperone would be appropriate.
- Attend Sunday Morning Bible Study REGULARLY. Write about what you have discussed and learned. Have your Sunday School teacher sign this paper.
- Assist with Sunday Morning Sunday School for the young children. Write about what you have done with the children and get it signed by the supervising teacher.
- Help with or teach a class during VBS. Write about what you have done with the children and what you have learned from the experience, and get it signed by the supervising teacher.
- Invite a non-Christian friend to church and then write about the experience.
- Help do PR for a church event or activity such as a particular worship service or program like VBS. (Putting posters and fliers around)
- Attend a youth activity such as a scavenger hunt, Whirly ball etc. Write about what you did and what you have learned from the experience. This would be a great time to include photos.
- Get some friends together to watch and discuss a movie such as “A Walk to Remember.” Talk about how the girl in the movie shared her faith despite the people around her. Talk about how easy it is to share your faith. If you record this and make a transcript, that would be a great activity for this category.
- With your family, adopt a child from Compassion International or World Vision.
- With your family help at MCREST, SSS, COTS, etc.
- Help write Christmas cards to shut-ins, nursing homes and prisoners
- With your family, help ring bells for Salvation Army collection sites.
- Attend Michigan District Junior High Youth Event (servant events are a component of this event) in summer