What is confirmation at St. Andrew? It’s a vibrant ministry for youth that focuses on building a life-long relationship with God and each other. If your memories of confirmation include lots of study and memorization, followed by a time of questioning by the congregation, today’s confirmation may surprise you. Yes, we study the Bible and Luther’s catechism. But we also talk about faith. A key part of our program 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?
Confirmation students and teachers meet most Fridays during the school year from 7-8 pm and on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 am. This year, due to the COVID crisis, classes will be held by Zoom beginning in September. In-person classes will follow once Montgomery County and MCPS deem the public health situation safe for these gatherings. Usually, after Friday class, there is often a social or service activity organized by parents to build friendships among the kids, and between kids, teachers and parents. These activities will also be modified this year to follow Maryland COVID safety guidelines.
There is a Fall Outdoor Orientation (optional this year) to kick off the program and a Spring Overnight Retreat held at the church 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, usually on the Day of Pentecost.
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!
Learn more about the program by browsing our Confirmation Information Booklet HERE.
Enrollment for the 2020-21 confirmation year has begun. Contact Confirmation Director Mitch Glazier at [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.