At St Mark, students in 6th-8th grades are invited to participate in Confirmation Class with Pastor Dave. Classes normally meet for @45 minutes on Wednesday evenings during the school year. During the 2.5 years of classes students are invited to explore their faith; explore and learn how to study the Bible; learn why the parts of the Small Catechism are so important; and to participate in the life of the congregation as a young adult..
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION ABOUT?
Confirmation classes have been around in Lutheran Churches for centuries. While many of us have memories of what it was like when we attended Confirmation class, it can be helpful for us to
pause and explore the basics of Confirmation. Whether you are a parent or a student preparing to begin classes, it is helpful to think about “what” Confirmation class is about, and “why” we do it. Here are a couple of really good descriptions:
“Confirmation ministry is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church which helps baptized persons through Word and sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission.” -the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
“Many people, including pastors, wonder what the point of confirmation is. Something that helps me is to call it Affirmation of Baptism, which is a much more descriptive name for what we’re doing. Basically, it’s an opportunity for people to affirm for themselves the promises that their parents, sponsors and congregation made for them at their baptism. At baptism, parents make this promise: “… to live with them among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy Scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that your children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.”
At their affirmation of baptism, confirmands are asked to make this promise for themselves: “…to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” The process of preparing people to affirm these promises can take many forms, including classes and increased involvement in congregational life. The process of confirmation takes many forms and varies from congregation to congregation, but the end goal is the same: to prepare people to boldly and confidently make those promises, affirm their baptisms and continue to live out their faith in the church. (LIVING LUTHERAN August 11, 2014)
At St. Mark, our hope is that this journey will help to inform and shape the faith and lives of those who attend. The purpose of this page is to help students and parents journey through these 2.5 years together, and for young men and women to be prepared to "affirm" their Baptism in the 8th grade.