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Confirmation Ministry


Who to Contact:

Amy Chiapa

StudentDirector@stpaulserie.org

833-1761 ext. 104


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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"  - Psalm 119:105
 
 

Purpose

The purpose of confirmation ministry is to provide an intentional opportunity for baptized Christians who desire to deepen and explore their faith, read and study scripture in community, and learn about Christ’s church through the lens of the Lutheran tradition. Additionally, those who choose to affirm their baptismal covenant are asked to struggle with the question: "If I profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, what difference will it make in my life?" This then leads to a public faith statement before God and the congregation.

Goal of Ministry

Throughout Confirmation we will attempt to work toward:

  • A more mature understanding of scripture, the Triune God, and the church universal
  • Building a sense of relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Exploring what is means to be part of a faith community that shares common beliefs, values, mission, and vision
  • Learning how the Holy Spirit works in the life of individuals, the life of the Church, and in the world
  • A more full understanding of the means of grace (i.e. Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism).
  • Moving from “head” knowledge to faith displayed in action – as a grateful response to God’s unconditional love.
  • Discovering what spiritual gifts are and how to use them
  • Striving to understand other faiths and denominations in the world.

In addition to this growth in knowledge, we will:

  • Discover the Christian community as a place of support, encouragement, and guidance
  • Experience a deepened sense of belonging to the Church universal
  • Come to understand faith as a journey
  • Experience an awareness of God's love at work in our lives and in the world
  • Begin to understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ

Approach

Confirmation is open to any baptized Christian who has completed at least sixth (6th) grade, who desires to know more fully what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, and who intends to publicly affirm their baptismal covenant before God and the congregation.

Through a thoughtful, caring leadership team, we hope to create a safe place where participants will feel free to ask their deepest questions, even if they reflect honest doubts. Through a comprehensive study of scripture, Luther’s Small Catechism, and tenants of the church we hope to provide a better understanding of the Christian faith. And through intentional fellowship, we hope participants bond with each other as well as other disciples in the church.

Expectations from Parents

  • To ask their child/children regularly about confirmation and engage in discussions about the material being studied
  • Share their own understanding and perspective, while giving their child/children the freedom to decide what they believe and why he/she believes it
  • To support and encourage their child/children as their faith deepens and develops
  • To continue to faithfully carryout the baptismal covenant they made when they presented their child/children for baptism before God and the congregation.
  • To allow their child/children to make his/her own decision with regard to Jesus Christ and the Church

Expectations from Students

  • To respect and accept one another as children of God
  • To attend classes and sessions faithfully
  • To listen and participate actively in class discussions
  • To read and study the Bible and other resources
  • To worship regularly
  • To complete all assignments with integrity
  • To discuss openly and honestly about what you believe
  • To think about how to live out your faith using your God-given spiritual gifts
  • To make a personal Faith Statement regarding your relationship with Jesus Christ

Faith Statements

The confirmation journey culminates in each confirmation participant writing a Faith Statement.

The Faith Statement is a chance for each participant to put into words what he/she personally believes about his/her faith and his/her relationship with Jesus Christ. It is usually around one page in length. But the most important part about Faith Statements is not the length; rather it is the honesty in expressing what you actually believe.

We will spend time helping each other in the formal writing process before standing in front of the congregation and before God to publicly state your faith.

Curriculum

Confirmation ministry uses the Here We Stand curriculum published by Augsburg Fortress – an interactive, multi-media, online curriculum. It is a three (3) year program that covers Old Testament, New Testament, Luther’s Small Catechism, and church “stuff.”

Classes

Confirmation Class will be held on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour. Classes typically consist of 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students but others are invited to join. The pastor is the primary teacher with support from the Confirmation Ministry Team.

Who to Contact

Please contact Amy Chiapa at StudentDirector@stpaulserie.org or 814-833-1761, ext. 104 for more details.