Confirmation is normally significantly shorter, and so a lot of what I hear about in terms of support would last me until maybe October or November, at which point I still have until May to figure out what to do.
This is a cool challenge for someone who likes to write or stitch together his own materials anyway. I want to have some kind of overall structure for the class; I want to make sure I cover 'all the basics', particularly given how much time I have.
This is a big challenge for someone who has only recently acquired any skills for working with children. I think this group will be old enough that I'll be able to manage - we'll see. But taking someone who is awkward around children and handing him 10 middle schoolers for a year is a little bit daunting.
I'm doing some smart things - I'm recruiting mentors for the kids from the congregation; I'm planning to work with a colleague from the area who is also teaching Confirmation for the first time (the usual 12-week-or-so kind); I'm trying to think ahead.
I'm posting this here in case anyone out there has ideas for resources I can draw upon for Operation: Confirmation. I'm looking for progressive resources that cover the basics of Christian faith and life, aimed at late elementary/middle school/junior high age kids.
So, anyway, there it is. If you have anything to send my way, feel free to put it in the comments (so others can benefit) or send me an email.