Confirmation year kicks off on 9/5
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
- To provide basic, quality instruction in the Christian faith for the youth of our church, grades 7-9.
- To help students grow living faith in God’s promise and build community through class participation, small group interaction, serving others int he name of Christ, worship and fellowship.
- To guide the youth of the church to a day when they will stand before the people of God affirm God’s promise of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life thereby taking a greater role in the life of the church.
6:30 Meet in the Narthex for Large Group Lesson
7 Small Group Discussion Time
7:30 Community Worship – Devotions in Sanctuary
Small Group Discussion Time will include further work into the lesson taught, check-ins, preparations for that evening’s Worship when your group is scheduled, various projects and service activities.
The 2018-19 Curriculum will be “Confirm Not Conform.”
Confirm not Conform a youth confirmation program that takes confirmation seriously. It exposes youth to a wide range of topics, including Scripture, sacraments, creeds, heresy, prayer, other religions, and serving others, and asks them to think through what they believe and why.
During the season of Lent, we will not have class, but students are required to attend Wednesday evening worship and take leadership roles in the service.
SUNDAY EVENING OPTION
Pastor will lead an alternate setting for Confirmation on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. Students must be accompanied by a parent/mentor for the hour-long class that will combined aspects of both large group and small group lessons in the narthex and will follow the same schedule as the Wednesday prior.
EXPECTATIONS OF PARTICIPANTS
All of our expectations are directly linked to one of the promises your child will make during the Affirmation of Baptism or one you have made for them at baptism. We have these expectations so your child is aware of what they will be promising before God and this congregation.
Students are scheduled to bring their personal mentors monthly to confirmation as noted on the schedule. This can be a parent, an adult relative or God parent. This is new this year and will provide a connection back into the family as we work into deeper subjects. If you have any questions about this, see pastor.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of one Sunday Worship Service per month. Attendance at alternate churches is authorized – please bring a bulletin back to share with your small group leader. Students in their final months before confirmation (sophomores) are expected to attend twice per month.
Every student will receive a composition notebook in September that they can use through the program year for taking notes and even doodling. The notebooks will be kept at SSLC until the end of the year. The minimum-monthly required Sunday worship attendance will be monitored through the student taking notes of what they are hearing and seeing – and then placing the notebook in the basket outside the office. This will also be a feedback loop for the pastor – see if what is said is what is actually heard! The outline (questions to be answered) for the sermon notes is attached. The pastor will read them and respond back to the student by Wednesday!
Students who are unable to attend Confirmation on a given Wednesday evening will be directed to attend Sunday evening classes that week. If that is not possible, make-up lessons can be arranged by speaking with pastor.
Through the three years of confirmation study, students are expected to memorize Luther’s explanation to the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the 10 Commandments and 30 Bible verses. This practice will be introduced monthly in large group and individual group leaders will sign off when the individual tasks are completed. The list is attached. Please know this will be more fun than it seems.
LARGE GROUP SERVICE PROJECTS
Students will be encouraged to participate in all service projects that will be organized and executed by the congregation, as well as the youth board.
INDIVIDUAL SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Youth involvement in all aspects of church life is essential. We do not believe kids should be seen and not heard. We want to hear them and we want them to understand they are an important part of our ministry work into the world. Students will participate in these roles a minimum of 36 times during their confirmation journey.
With that understanding, all confirmation students are expected to actively participate in church life. There are so many ways to do this. We’ve attached a list to this booklet, but feel free to ask your small
Confirmation is the process by which the promises made by parents and godparents at baptism are taken on by the young man or woman. God keeps His promises - it's our sacred duty to honor the promises we make, as well.
2018-19 Weekly Schedule
Amanda, Hailey and Hannah suggest keeping it simple: Show up on Wednesday, expect God to be present and learn. That's about it.
Youth Ministry Student Registration
In order to best serve our youth staff, volunteers and students we want to ensure that we have access to all necessary forms and information for providing care and attention in the event that something happens to one of our youth. Please take a moment to register your 5th - 12th graders at the link below. We are inviting families to provide name, medical history needs, and a release for media and all information will be stored on a secure service.