How is Confirmation structured?
We believe that our faith grows best in community. So we structure Confirmation using a large group/small group format. The 7th graders will start off meeting in a large group to introduce the lesson and do some fun activities. The 8th & 9th graders will meet separately in a large group. After the large group all the youth will then go to their small groups with trained adults to lead them. They will share their highs and lows and God sightings as well as discuss the particular lesson.
What do we talk about in Confirmation?
The first year of Confirmation in 7th grade will be an introduction to what it means to be in confirmation and part of this community. We will introduce them to the main themes of the Bible, give them an opportunity to explore their faith, and show them what it means to be a member of St. John. The next 2 years (8th & 9th grade) will focus on the essentials of being a Lutheran and how we use all of these things we learn in Confirmation to become part of the larger church.
What books/materials will we be using?
The Bible will be our main source book. We will be using Bibles that will accompany a curriculum called: Colaborate. We are excited about this curriculum because it is more student centered and allows them to ask questions like, “why are we even studying this?” It also uses a video to highlight the theme of the day. The 9th graders will also be using Luther’s Small Catechism. We also provide opportunities for fellowship and service throughout the year. We will ask the confirmands to keep their Bibles and books at church to be sure they have them each week.
How can parents be involved?
Parents are critical to how confirmation will be received and accepted by confirmation students. We will be inviting parents into certain lessons throughout the year so they can have the opportunity to confirm/affirm their faith and beliefs with their student. We also encourage parents to regularly attend worship with their student, find ways to be active in the St. John community, and model their faith at home.
Still have questions about Confirmation at St. John?
Check out our Confirmation Handbook in the "Materials" section above or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.