An Affirmation of Baptism
Confirmation is the process we use in the Lutheran church to instruct our youth in the basics of faith and move them toward full membership in the church. Since most of our kids are baptized as infants, confirmation is a chance for them to grow as Christians and claim for themselves the promises that were made for them by their parents and Godparents years earlier. That’s why it’s also called “Affirmation of Baptism.”
To start this year, confirmation will be meeting virtually via Zoom.
This Week In Confirmation
This week, we are talking about the Apostles Creed.
The Creeds are statements of faith put together by the early church in order to be clear about what common ground is shared by Christians. This step unified the creedal churches and made a framework for what was accepted thinking about God and what kinds of ideas were not a part of accepted church belief.
The creeds are divided into three articles, one for each person of the Trinity. The first article focuses on God the Father, and declares that God is the Creator and Lord over everything that exists. Luther’s explanation of the first article can be found on page 11 of your small catechism.
At Christ Our Savior, our confirmation program runs through 7th and 8th grades. We recognize the confirmands becoming full members of the congregation on the Reformation Sunday of their freshman year. Typically we have 50-60 students in class. We use power point, video, games, and even humor as we look at topics such as the Bible, Sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer. We aren’t about just making kids memorize facts. The goal is for them to apply faith to their daily lives. The kids talk about what the things we learn really mean and why those things are important. They’re even encouraged to ask tough questions of the pastors.
Learning and Fellowship Events
We have weekly learning events during the school year following our Sunday evening worship. Students are assigned to small groups with an adult guide and a high school mentor who lead discussion. Each learning event focuses on one topic from the Bible or Small Catechism (kind of a Lutheran statement of basic beliefs), and lasts for 40-45 minutes.
In addition to the learning events, we have fellowship and service events throughout the year. We include these because, like our mission statement suggests, we believe fellowship, learning, and service are all part of a healthy faith life.
Confirmation Student Sign Up for Sunday Service Volunteer Roles
As part of the service element of Confirmation, each student is asked to serve as an acolyte, nursery, or Sunday School volunteer. Please use the following link to select a date.