Confirmation at St. John's

 

After a meeting of the different participating congregations, we have drafted a new proposal for a confirmation program that is intended to reach more of our youth at an earlier age with the hopes of preparing them for a life of faith.


6th and 7th Graders:  Youth Group

A youth-group style Bible Study.  This would happen once a month at the same time as our Confirmation program.  The kids would have lunch with the confirmands and then move to the youth group room for a time of games and Bible Study.  They would only be together for about an hour to an hour and a half.  The goal of this group is to build relationships and prepare them for Confirmation so that less attention in Confirmation has to be spent on developing a Biblical foundation and more important themes around social justice,  stewardship, church polity, leadership, prayer, etc can be explored more deeply

Curriculum:  Echo the Story from Augsburg Fortress

8th Grade:  First year of Confirmation

Focus on Luther’s Small Catechism.  Class is once a month for four hours on a Sunday.  Lunch starts at 1 pm to allow all congregations the chance to make it on time.  Class will end at 5pm.  Class time is divided into two parts:  learning and then reinforcement. During the reinforcement time, an activity will be done to help show how what they learned can be used every day in regards to faith.  These actives can include a movie with discussion, a field trip, service project, panel discussion, etc.

9th Grade:  Second Year of Confirmation

Focus on Bible and how to read the Bible.  The same class design laid out above in the first year class will carry over to the second year.  They will also be introduced to a chart to help them learn how to read a particular passage of scripture.  The chief philosophy of confirmation is to build a relationship with students so that, no matter where they might go or leave, they will know there is a church that loves them and will support them.  Learning something is secondary but with adding an additional component of 6th and 7th grade youth group, we hope that we can begin to build the relationships sooner and last longer.  

Location:

Classes will be held either at St. Peter’s or St. John’s.  The goal is to make the switch mid-year.

Participating Congregations:

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Peter's Lutheran Church
  • St. James Lutheran Church

Materials needed for Class 

  1. A Bible (No KJV or Paraphrased translations such as the Message).  We will provide one!  Make sure you bring it.
  2. Luther’s Small Catechism (Don’t worry, we will provide this too.  Just make sure you bring it!)
  3. A notebook.

Expectations for Parents, Students, and church members:

We do not like having requirements because it goes against our doctrine of grace. However, confirmation is not possible unless everyone involved (both parents, students, and teachers) participate in as many activities of our program as possible.  

  • Attend class when possible. 
  • Life happens and there will be times when you can’t make it to class—just don’t make it a habit.  If you miss a class or have to leave more than hour early from class, there will be a written assignment that you must complete before the next class period.  They will be available on our website or by sending your pastor an email.
  • The Confirmation Retreat is important and, in our mind, a requirement for everyone.  Please mark the weekend on your calendars!!!***
  • Sermon Notes:  Need to be done once a month and turned in at each confirmation class.
  • Bring your books!
  • Be on time.
  • Participate in class discussion.
  • Serve in Worship
  • Parents, we ask that you be open to talking to your children about what they learn.  Ask questions and encourage them to share their point of view.  You are their role models when it comes to faith so don’t be shy in sharing your faith with you children.  
  • Church members, when you see a confirmand at worship or around town, introduce yourself, talk them about their faith, make sure they feel welcomed and appreciated.  We need good role models!