Confirmation is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. We run a three year program where students learn about the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Small Catechism where we learn about Martin Luther’s teachings.
This is an important time in the faith lives of our children. Confirmation classes lead to the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism in the spring of the 8th grade year. For most of our children, they were baptized as infants with their parents promising to raise their child in a life of faith where God’s word, prayer, and regular worship play an integral part in the upbringing. Rite of Affirmation of Baptism is when our children, after having completed confirmation requirement, publicly affirm their baptismal vows (that their parent’s made for them) as their own, and the covenant that God made with them at their baptism.
Confirmation is not all classroom work, however. We also like to have a lot of fun too. We attend a Fall retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, Illinois, which is led by Peder Eide and is one of the highlights of the year. We also attend a Spring retreat as well. Service is a big part of what we do. Our small groups have service requirements that they fulfill each year, and we make to treks to Feed My Starving Children to package meals that go out to starving children all around the world. In short, our confirmation program readies our children to become adult members of the church, but more importantly, readies our children for a life long relationship with God. See more details about our confirmation program, including the calendar here.