Our confirmation program is a passage into adult partnership in the Christian community.
As this transition is made, we guide our youth into a deeper relationship of faith in God. Our spiritual life involves the whole person — mind, body and soul — and we educate our students in all three areas. Confirmation concludes in the spring of 8th grade, with each student expressing their faith to our congregation as we gather for worship, and as we affirm them in their bearing witness to the faith promised to them in baptism.
On most Wednesdays during the school year, we meet at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. For the first 10–15 minutes, we meet as a whole group with fun introduction and brief comments by the pastor. The rest of the time is in smaller groups, divided by grade and gender, and each with a “guide” leading in discussion. Discussions are around the lesson and assignment for that day.
Teaching the Mind
One year is devoted to the significant stories of the Bible — with strong emphasis on the person and teachings of Jesus as the key to understanding God and Biblical material. The other year touches on several areas — evolution of the Christian church, Luther & the Reformation, what makes us Lutheran as distinct from other Christians and other world religions, Living the Christian faith through ethical decisions, through the gift of our personality and “calling,” through stewardship of God’s earth, through promises in relationship, and through Christian community with trusted mentors.
Teaching the Body
The Christian faith is lived out through behavior and use of time in our daily life. We have opportunities for service that are a part of confirmation — examples are as acolytes, with CROP walk, packing toys for charitable Christmas gifts, playing with kids at a shelter for homeless, or babysitting for a parents night out.
Teaching the Soul
We teach techniques of meditation — going deeper with prayer, so that each student understands that prayer is more than using words to talk to God — it is also listening to what God might have to say. We help them sense a “deeper” level of awareness that is open to how God communicates with us — through thought and feeling and intuition that are better sensed as we “still” our minds to listen to God.