St. John Lutheran Church - Believe It, Live It, Share It!
Welcome to St. John’s confirmation program!
We’re thrilled to offer it; but you may be wondering what it is. And what it isn’t. And what you have to do in it, and for it.
Confirmation is… designed to strengthen the relationship between students and their Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. With God’s help, it’s a partnership between parents, their children, and our church. Confirmation is a pastoral & educational ministry of the church that helps the baptized child through Word & Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission. It’s a journey…. ultimately students will re-affirm the promises made when they were baptized, along the way they will learn what that means and publicly confessing his/her faith and received into communicant membership by the congregation.
St. John Lutheran has confirmation classes spread over 3 years. While these classes are generally taught during the middle school years (grades 6 - 8). However, youth may begin taking the classes when both the youth and parents, as well as the pastor believe all are ready to begin growing more deeply in their faith.
YEAR ONE OF CONFIRMAITON
This year we will focus on having a better understanding of God’s salvation plan as found in and through the stories from both
the Old & New Testament.
YEAR TWO & THREE OF CONFIRMATION:
During these years we will concentrates on owning, using, and sharing the faith. Hopefully, the experience of confirmation will permeate our students entire lives today and tomorrow.
Confirmation is not… a sacrament. Confirmation is not a way to gain forgiveness or a method of gaining passage into heaven. Confirmation is not, or shouldn’t be in anyway, a “to-do” item to simply check off a list. Confirmation is not something the student goes through alone.
Here at St. John, the entire congregation is encouraged to get involved by praying for the Confirmands. Confirmation includes a team of pastors, lay leaders, parents, students, and various other church members who come together for the benefit of faith.
INTERESTED IN CONFIRMATION?
That's great - the first thing you need to do is attend worship with us at St. John. Then after you have worshipped with us a couple of times, continue doing that, but also check with the Pastor to learn about enrolling in our confirmation program.
CONFIRMATION WORK / HANDOUTS, ETC.
To be taken to the handouts, and link to the confirmation quizzes, click here
St. John Confirmation Class is resuming its annual Confirmation Retreat to Camp Luther this coming August. While we are aware that Covid-19 is still a concern for some, the staff of Camp Luther is taking all the necessary precautions to operate efficiently and effectively as they re-open this summer to youth camps, while operating at 90% capacity. While the retreat is not required this year due to Covid-19 still being a concern, we do ask that all families considering making it a priority as we know many of our youth are already actively participating in various other activities from in-person school to sports, to hanging with friends at the parks, to family vacations, etc.
Who can Attend:
So based on our projected numbers, we could potentially have up to 30 youth attending the confirmation retreat this year... how cool would that be.
As in the past, I will need some parental chaperones who can also help drive youth to and from camp. Your time and help is both invaluable to me and your child. Your impact is more than you can imagine. If you are able and willing to serve, by going to Camp with upwards to 30 youth, please indicate on the online registration form (see link below)
Camp Luther –Confirmation Retreat Informational Meeting:
There will be an information Meeting this summer about the retreat (two different options), please plan on attending at least one with your child, either on:
At the meeting we’ll collect payment $70 per youth (actual cost is $140) which covers all meals, housing, etc. We will discuss travel times, chaperones, expectations, and medical information. As well as touch base about the upcoming confirmation year. Please make it a priority to attend at least one of the meetings with your child.
To Register your Child for the confirmation retreat go to:
Please register by Sunday, August 1st