What is Confirmation?
- Confirmation has been around in Lutheran Churches for a long time, but it is important for us to stop and think about what it is before we begin. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has said: “Confirmation ministry is a pastoral and education ministry of the church which helps the baptized person through Word and Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission.”
ELC Confirmation Journey:
Acolyte Schedule: (6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders)
At church, we begin having our youth involved with serving as an acolyte during our worship services. This is a great way to be more deeply involved with our community of faith. To help with acolyting, we offer acolyte training during our Sunday School hour. All sixth graders are invited on September 24th at 10:15 am in the chapel, where Pastor John will be instructing them on how to serve as an acolyte during worship. They will continue to acolyte during their 7th – 8th grade (Confirmation) as well. Attached is our acolyting schedule for this year. If your child is unable to serve on a given Sunday, please find their own replacement and inform the office of any changes. Office number is 608.437.5012.
Sixth Grade (Pre-Confirmation): Youth will meet weekly on Wednesdays, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm, April 10, 2024 – May 8, 2024. These gatherings are intended to enhance our Confirmation experience. Students will share in fellowship, have fun, and review Bible stories.
7th & 8th Grade (ELC’s Confirmation Program): Youth meet on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. Classes are led by Pastor John Twiton, Intern Zachary Smirris and Youth Ministry Director Brenda Martin, with help from parent group leaders and other volunteers. The class continues to meet through their eighth grade year. (7 pm class begins on Sept 13th)
7th & 8th GRADE CONFIRMATION KICK OFF – Wednesday, September 6th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. We will be having our ‘Kick-Off’ to Confirmation at church with students and their parents, outside on the church lawn. We will provide brats & hot dogs. Please bring a dish if you are able: 7th grade -Dessert, 8th grade – Side Dish.
This year (2023-2024):
- We are going to study the Apostles’ Creed, the Sacraments, and Martin Luther’s explanations as found in the Small Catechism.
- We are going to learn through our actions as well as through worship and doing acts of service for others.
- You will have the chance to talk about what you are learning about your faith at home with your parents and at church with your pastor, teachers, and each other.
- You are going to spend time enjoying the fellowship, friendship, and the joy of being part of a family of faith.
- It is our goal that at the end of all these classes you will stand before the church and make a statement of faith that is meaningful for you.
9th Grade: Our youth are confirmed the last Sunday in October at the beginning of their ninth-grade year. During the fall, the youth complete their Statement of Faith projects. This year, Affirmation of Baptism will be held on October 29th, Reformation Sunday. Details about our gatherings this fall are below in the “Preparing for Confirmation Day” link.
9th GRADE CONFIRMATION NIGHT- Tuesday, September 5th, from 7 – 8:00 pm Youth and parents will meet at church to check in with the youth and see how they are coming with their preparations for Confirmation. Bring your student’s photos and draft of their faith statement.
To learn more about the confirmation program, contact Youth Ministries Director Brenda Martin at email@example.com.
7th & 8th Graders:
TO REGISTER FOR CONFIRMATION – 7th & 8th graders, please use the QR code to register.
CONFIRMATION CAMP –
- We do expect each student to spend a week at confirmation camp with their group either after their 7th or 8th grade year. This week has typically been near the end of July. Watch for announcements when the schedule for next summer is posted.
Register online: http://wp.sugarcreek bible camp.org.
GIVE/LOVE/SERVE (Local Service Week) – Week during the summer, Middle – High school youth are invited to our local mission week, where we participate in many opportunities in our community to help others.