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For Christians, preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation can be one of the most important events of their spiritual lives. Not only does preparation involve the Christian more deeply in his church's community, but sometimes this period is a

For Christians, preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation can be one of the most important events of their spiritual lives. Not only does preparation involve the Christian more deeply in his church's community, but sometimes this period is also one of rediscovery, where the Christian comes to understand his faith in far more detail than before. One of the ways in which Christians are prepared for confirmation is in specially designed retreats that require a great deal of time and thought to plan properly.

Skill level:Moderately Challenging

Instructions

1 Calendar important dates for both the retreat itself as well as meeting and set-up. Even before you organise a team to help you plan and prepare for the retreat, dates must be set as both deadlines and meeting times to coordinate progress and for general communication.

2 Recruit a group to assist with your needs. Depending on your own time and skills, you may wish to recruit catechists, musicians, chaperones, etc., and possibly even people willing to help with a variety of tasks. Consider asking friends and prominent members of your church community for assistance.

3 Train and analyse your staff's ability to accomplish their appointed tasks. Your catechists, for example, may require a great deal of instruction before they are able to teach the subjects themselves. The meetings you calendered are an excellent opportunity for these tasks.

4 Coordinate events with your staff that correspond to the retreat's emphasis. Scavenger hunts, talks and small discussion groups are all excellent ways to engage and educate the participants about the importance of confirmation and related topics in their spiritual lives.

Tips and warnings

Because you will probably have specific questions concerning the planning of this retreat, you may want to contact youth coordinators who have planned retreats at your church and at other churches.

Communicate with your church's pastor on a regular basis not only to ensure his approval, but also to avoid deviating from expectations.

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