What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a chance for seventh and eighth graders to dig deep into their faith, and to make it their own. Here are some features of our Confirmation program:
· Small groups that meet each week and generally stay the same throughout those two years, with peers and an adult.
· Family Nights, where we gather together and give you a chance to talk together as a family about faith.
· Confirmation Students serving in worship
Confirmation students commit to completing this two-year program, with a service of Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) at the end of the two years. However, accommodations can be made for students who start the program late.
Mid-September of each year, I’ll hold a Confirmation Orientation to provide all Confirmation information for the Coming Year.
A deeper explanation
Confirmation is a period of preparation for the service that’s called affirmation of baptism. In baptism, God says yes to us in a big way. Often it happens as a baby, which emphasizes our belief that God meets us in baptism and claims us as His children, without us being able to earn anything. The affirmation of baptism is our chance to publicly say “yes!” right back to God—to affirm that we want to keep living out our baptisms. When eighth graders stand up in front of the church for the service of confirmation, they are saying “yes” in front of the whole community of faith. They are saying that after digging deeper into their faith, they want to keep going on this journey of faith. Confirmation isn’t a graduation, but an important next step on their faith journey.