Confirmation looks a bit different this year! Instead of meeting weekly on Wednesday evening, we’re trying something new.
7th and 8th graders meet for a 4-hour “mini retreat” one Sunday afternoon a month with Pastors Betsy and Peter and Cori, our youth director.
This more intensive time together includes a variety of activities and learning techniques – storytelling, digging into the Bible, drawing, skits, games, discussion time, highs and lows, quiet reflection, discussion, and sharing a meal together.
This year students are focusing on the biblical narrative with the goal of being able to “Tell our Story” on a deeper level and understand how faith applies to life. We’ll also look at parts of the catechism.
Each month we’ll generally have one other activity. In November that was attending “The Lutheran Plot to Kill Hitler,” a play about Dietrich Bonhoffer set during World War 2.
Also new this year are Confirmation Journals. Faith is not something that you just learn from a book; faith is something that we need to practice. Rather than a required number of sermon notes and service hours, students are encouraged to participate in and write about a variety of faith experiences. This can include learning activities, service projects, worshipping, service in worship, and teaching younger children.