These young Christians (pictured with pastors and teachers) gave witness to their faith on Friday evening, May 18, and celebrated the Rite of Confirmation on Sunday, May 20. After two years of study, fellowship, and faith formation, they had much to teach and inspire in the stories of their life experiences and journeys of the Spirit.
A new class of confirmands will be welcomed this September. Read on for details about the program and how you can get a young person in your life connected to this journey with gifts that will last a lifetime:
Anyone remember that old TV commercial, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile?” Well, this is not your father’s, or your mother’s confirmation. Yes, we study the Bible and Luther’s catechism. But mostly, we talk about faith. “Why are you a Christian” sounds like a simple question until you start exploring your relationship with God, God’s relationship with you, and your relationship to other
people, Christian and non-Christian. A key part of our program is learning to deal with questions, such as:
- Why do bad things happen to good people, or good things to bad people?
- Are prayers answered?
- What do I do with my doubts?
We meet most Fridays from 7-8 pm and Sundays from 9:30-10:30 am. After class on Friday, we often have a social or service activity. These after-class activities, organized by the parents, are great fun. More importantly, they build lasting friendships among the kids, between the teachers and kids, and between the kids and the parents. We also have two weekend retreats each year. The first retreat takes place the week after Labor Day, and the second retreat happens two weeks before Pentecost Sunday, when the kids will be confirmed in the spring.
Confirmation can be a life-changing experience as it offers a unique opportunity for kids to explore their faith in a safe, supportive environment. Confirmation is a two-year program, voluntary and open to any and all kids who have an interest and desire to be confirmed in the faith. We have a 75% attendance standard and, like any educational program, there are some homework assignments. Confirmation requires a commitment on the part of the participant and the family, but the rewards are immeasurable.
If you have questions or an interest in enrolling your child, please contact Confirmation Director Gary Fields at [email protected]. We typically begin 7th grade students in the first year program, but we have had older kids – and sometimes even adults – enroll and be confirmed at the end of the second year.
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 confirmation year will begin in August, and teachers will be on hand at our table in the Commons after worship services throughout the month to tell you more.