Confirmation Program 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 Children's Sermon. 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.
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