What is confirmation? If you didn’t go through it, you may have no idea. For those who were confirmed years ago, memories of confirmation might include lots of study and memorization, followed by a time of questioning by the congregation. In either case, today’s confirmation may surprise you. Yes, we still study the Bible and Luther’s catechism. But mostly we talk about faith. A key part of our program these days is learning to deal with real life and hard questions that don’t have simple answers – questions like …
- Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people?
- Why do we pray? Are prayers really answered?
- Am I bad because I have doubts? What do I do with those doubts?
Confirmands and teachers meet most Fridays during the school year from 7-8 pm and on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 am. Following Friday’s class, there are often social or service activity organized by parents to build friendships among the kids, and between kids, teachers and parents. There are also two weekend retreats each year – one to kick off the program in September, and the other to close out the year a few weeks prior to the Day of Confirmation. The culmination of the program is Confirmation Weekend, when confirmands give testament to their faith on Night of Witness and celebrate this important milestone of faith with family and friends on Confirmation Sunday.
Confirmation is a two-year program, typically for 7th and 8th graders. However, we have had older students and even adults complete the program over the years. The program is not mandatory in the life of the church. It is voluntary for those kids and families who are willing and ready to make the commitment. Yes, it’s a commitment – but rest assured that the benefits will last a lifetime!
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 confirmation year begins in August, and teachers will be on hand at a table in the Commons following worship throughout the month to share information and answer questions. Contact Confirmation Director Gary Fields at 301-661-8490 or [email protected] to learn how your family can connect with our confirmation program so the kids in your life can benefit from this priceless journey of faith.