Theotokos Connections seeks to help confirmands explore their story, faith, identity, and place of belonging and participating in the United Methodist Connection; share their story with others; and develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the history, doctrine, and polity of The United Methodist Church.
The focus of the curriculum as a whole is more on the process than the content, in that it seeks to build community with participants and help them understand, appreciate, and live into the greater Connection – to Self, to God, to the Church, to Neighbor, to Creation, and to Heritage.
The sessions are created to be fully adaptable to your setting. They’re designed in such a way that you can cover a session over a one-hour time period OR spread out the activities provided to extend sessions over longer time periods and/or multiple weeks. We suggest using this curriculum with middle school students, but it can be adapted to your group’s context and needs.
This curriculum was written by Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith and Rev. Shannon LeMaster-Smith in partnership with Hinton Rural Life Center, as part of Hinton’s confirmation retreat ministry, which seeks to be especially accessible to and relevant for smaller and more rural churches, but still helpful and meaningful for all UM churches and ministry settings. Hinton is a retreat and mission outreach agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and is located in Western NC.
FOR A FREE PREVIEW of the Introduction and Session 1, email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also email her with any questions about the curriculum.