Confirmation is the process for youth to learn and experience the Christian faith in preparation for affirming the baptismal vows made by their parents.
In Christian love you have presented these children for Holy Baptism. You should, therefore, faithfully bring them to the services of God’s house, and teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. As they grow in years, you should place in their hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for their instruction in the Christian faith, that, living in the covenant of their Baptism and in communion with the Church, they may lead godly lives until the day of Jesus Christ. – Lutheran Book of Worship
And so, becoming adult members of the Christian community, we ask youth to affirm these vows for themselves, having spent time in study and fellowship and service to understand and experience those things which we are asking them to confirm.
You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear his Word and share in his supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
In order to inspire and instruct our youth to be adult leaders in the church who will fulfill these vows, we have our confirmation program, involving the following elements:
Class instruction in…
- How to read and understand the Bible
- The Old and New Testaments
- Martin Luther’s Small Catechism
- Lutheran Doctrine and History
- Prayer and spiritual growth
Worship reports – to show evidence of participation in the central act of the church: giving glory to God through worship and praise
Confirmation is not the end of church involvement for youth, but the beginning of a life of commitment to discipleship in the way of Jesus Christ. As such, we expect a level of involvement to begin now that would be consistent with adult Christian discipleship.
Confirmation classes are held on select Sundays at church from 5--7:30pm. The first hour (5-6pm) is youth group activities with grades 6-8, and then from 6-7:30pm is class instruction.
All students in 6-8th grades are welcome to come to the youth group part, and all kids 7th-8th are welcome at the classes. See Pastor Lars if you're interested, have questions, or would like the schedule for the year.
Classes are on a two-year rotation, alternating between a year of Bible and a year of Catechism and Lutheran doctrine. A third year of participation in the church through worship, Bible study and leadership is also required before confirmation.