February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Confirmation

Confirmation Ministry

Youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are invited into our Confirmation Ministry. This three-year journey is a fun yet intense time to grow in the understanding of our faith. At the end of these years of exploration, youth are prepared to affirm the promises of their baptism, say “yes” to God, and confirm their faith in Jesus.

Confirmation Ministry meets most Wednesdays of the school year (September to May) from 6:00-7:30pm. Our three-year rotation allows for one year each tackling the Old Testament, New Testament, and Catechism (the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles Creed). Large group sessions include games, songs, videos, learning, and thinking. Then pairs of caring adult sponsors lead small group time, when students meet with their peers to review, share, and ponder questions. We end the evening as a large group with a closing time of singing and prayer.

Confirmation Ministry involves more than just Wednesday nights. We take field trips each semester to connect our faith with the rest of the world. We also spend time at Lutherdale Bible Camp for a spring weekend retreat and a week of summer camp. Students are expected to have regular worship attendance, to serve as acolytes during worship, to join for Sunday morning youth group, and to complete hours of community service. It’s all about building the habits of a life of faith, which include worship, prayer, study, and service.

In these ways, the church partners with parents to help our children know and trust God. Most faith formation happens in the home. Families have a critical role in this journey, supporting and encouraging their children to make the most of this experience. It can be a great time for all members of the family to grow in faith. All our sessions are open to parents and rely on the leadership of adult sponsors. All together, the evenings and the years add up to a formative experience on our lifelong journey of faith.

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