The Confirmation Ministry of
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church,
“You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear His Word and share in His supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?” LBW, Affirmation of Baptism, pg. 201.
Before each confirmand is able to answer this question several things are presumed to have occurred. Parents have made promises on behalf of their children to raise them up in Christian faith. Parents will have brought their children to Sunday school and worship. They will have availed themselves of the support of the congregation’s education ministry to assist them in keeping the baptismal promises.
It is also presumed that confirmation will be a priority for the confirmand and parents. A schedule of dates regarding confirmation activities will be given at the beginning of the confirmation year. Updates will be noted in the bulletin and newsletter.
It is also presumed that following confirmation that all individuals will continue their life of discipleship. Living a life of discipleship of our Lord Jesus Christ is a life-long endeavor and we never come to a point where we have learned it all.
The confirmation ministry of St. Paul will be a two year journey as outlined below. Each year will conclude with a specific project.
Year 1 – Worship, Sacraments and Lord’s Prayer
Year 2 – Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed and Lutheran Theology
Each student will have a mentor for the whole two-year journey. The purpose of a mentor is to guide the student during the confirmation ministry. Such guidance includes attending classes with the student, one-on-one conversation time, and serving as a role model for the student. The building of this intentional relationship may include participating in service projects together (such as ushering, being greeters, attending council or committee meetings, etc.) A secondary role is to intervene early and personally on behalf of the congregation if the student fails to meet the requirements of the confirmation program, which includes regular attendance at Sunday school and worship.
The student, in consultation with the pastor, will select a mentor. It is recommended that when possible, the mentor be the same individual who served as the student’s baptismal sponsor. Mentors will be provided annual training event.
All classes will meet an average of three Sundays a month, which includes one Sunday for Focused Bible reading during Sunday school.
If for whatever reason the student cannot attend a scheduled class or focused Bible reading time, they will be asked to complete whatever work is missed on their own as homework.
Occasionally there will be a time when confirmands will meet after worship for lunch and an activity. This will often be a service project.
Each year’s class will have a specific project. The first year class will assist with the Good Friday service. The second year class will assist in planning and leading the Easter Vigil. This way, each of our confirmands will have experienced each of the Holy Week services.
In addition to attending class there are a number of requirements for students.
Sermon Notes: Each confirmation student will submit one sermon note per month from September of the first year of Confirmation through May of the second year of confirmation to the pastor. You can take notes the same Sunday in which you acolyte or ring the bell.
Acolyte: Each confirmation student will acolyte at least twice from September through May. There are times throughout the year when you may be scheduled to acolyte for services that are not on Sunday, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, etc.
Bell Ringing: The bell is rung at the beginning of each Sunday morning worship service. Each confirmation student will ring the bell at least twice from September through May.
Each student will be given a Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism for use during the confirmation program.
Confirmation is a process that leads to greater responsibility in the life of the church. For young persons, this is the first of many steps as you transition into adulthood. Once you are confirmed you will have the rights and the responsibilities of being a disciple who worships and is active at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
It is with great joy that the congregation supports you in this journey of faith.