N2 Deep ~ Diving into the deeper things of God
What is Confirmation?
When a child is baptized the parents and sponsors take responsibility for the child's faith by
making promises to faithfully:
Bring them to the services of God's house
Teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments
Place in their hands the Holy Scriptures
Provide for their 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.
Confirmation is an exciting student ministry program where the church partners with the
parents and/or sponsors of baptized students to continue the journey of faith that started at
Baptism. At the end of the Confirmation ministry experiences students have a celebration
service called the “Affirmation of Baptism.” At this service students make a public profession
of their faith and declare their intentions to live this faith out. Confirmation is a lifelong
process of maturing in the Christian faith.
The Goal of First United Confirmation Program
The goal of the Confirmation program at First United is to ensure these young adults are
ready to make the decision on their own to Affirm their Baptism. With God's mighty guidance,
we will educate them in the Lutheran Faith with the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism as
the basis for all teaching.
The Purpose of confirmation is to help confirmants:
Personally confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and take personal ownership
in declaring, by the power of the Holy Spirit, their own allegiance to Christ;
Identify themselves as members, as a unique and special part of the body of Christ, as
Lutheran and members of a local congregation.
Regularly participate in public worship and the reception of holy communion, engage in
personal and group Bible study and its application to life, strive to lead God-pleasing
lives and offer services to God by serving others;
Celebrate the relationships that they have with God as their personal God who loves
them graciously, their pastor and other confirmation helpers, their peers participating in
the confirmation process, their family and other members of their congregation.
What will material will be covered?
Catechism ~ During the Catechism sessions, the youth will study and learn about the Lord's
Prayer, Ten Commandments, Apostle's Creed, Old and New Testament, Jesus’ life and
ministry, and the two Sacraments of the Lutheran Religion – Baptism and Holy Communion.
Statement of Faith, Mentor Program, Pastoral Interview ~ At First United, we realize each
student is different. During the 2nd and final year of the Confirmation Ministry, students will
select one of the three that best fits their style.
Supplemental Material ~ Material of biblical teaching will also be use to further ensure a
complete understanding of the Lutheran Faith and God's word.
What ages are include in Confirmation Ministry?
Students in 7th and 8th grade (or older if not already Confirmed) will participate. Confirmants
will be confirmed the spring of their 8th grade year.
When will classed be held?
Starting Monday, September 20th at 6:30 pm, Pastor Lou Hermansen will lead our students in
studying the Catechism. Classes with Pastor Lou will run on Monday nights through
December. At that point we will re-evaluate dates, times and next steps.
What other requirements are there?
Students are to attend Sunday School until they are confirmed.
Make every effort to attend Monday night classes. If you should have to miss one, please
let Pastor Lou know so the parents and student can review the material together.
Confirmation students should serve in 6 or more worship services from September 2010 –
August 2011. Service areas examples are Usher, Readers, Special Music, Acolytes, or
Open Items: We need to revisit a service project (ideas so far include helping with the
Sunday School Christmas Program), sermon notes (whether to require them or not) and a
Confirmation retreat. We will address these in January or when a pastor comes on staff.
As a new congregation, we have a great opportunity to develop a program that WE want.
Pastors come and go, but our basis for education is set by US. This program was developed
by the current class and parents. We can not convey the importance of communication. If
you have a question or a concern at any point, please let us know. As all of us know, change
can be exciting and refreshing. Let’s make this great for our youth through the Church,
Parents and Confirmants.