What courses are offered?
There are three categories for the courses offered at Westwood U. Several courses from each category are offered throughout the year.
How many of each should I take?
While completing the required number of Westwood courses, students will need to take a minimum number of 3 courses in each category. Of the 15 credits, 3 in each of the 3 categories will be required. The remaining 6 credits are up to you!
Year 1 (7th grade) = 5 courses and Bible Milestone
Year 2 (8th grade) = 5 courses and Elder Wisdom Milestone
Year 3 (9th grade) = 5 courses, Faith Mentoring, and your Faith Statement
If you are beginning this new model as a 2nd year confirmation student you will have 11 courses to complete. If you are beginning this new model as a 3rd year confirmation student, you will have 5 courses to complete over the next year and a half.
We heard you loud and clear about flexibility, so you may take any combination of courses at any time. However, you get to the number needed is up to you!
The information above, for 7-8th grade, is also relevant to 9th graders. However, 9th graders also add Faith Mentors and writing their Faith Statement to the mix!
Each confirmand will select a faith mentor of their choice, someone other than a parent, to have a mentoring relationship with during the spring of their 9th grade year. This person should be someone whom the 9th grader sees as a strong person of faith, and not just a warm body.
Options include, but are not limited to: Baptismal sponsor, past Sunday school teacher, elder wisdom adult from 8th or 9th grade, a faithful young adult from the congregation, etc.
Each 9th grader will write or present a statement of faith via another creative medium.
They will begin the work on this faith statement in the summer before their 10th grade year, and they will be presented before the rite of confirmation in their 10th grade year.
As a part of this commitment, each 9th grader will hear a faith statement from several caring adults in their lives. Their confirmation guides, youth director, parent(s), mentor, and perhaps a few others along the way. This is a rich way of passing on the faith, thru language spoken directly from close caring adults.
Parent Student Learning, or P/SL for short, happens once a month for confirmands and their parents. Each age group has a time of learning with the Pastors and other ministry leaders. We believe it's crucial for parents to be a part of their child's faith journey and development.
Parents and students, join us on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 PM (September-May)