Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism)
So what is Confirmation, anyway? In the Lutheran church we baptize people of all ages, but often parents choose to have their infants baptized. Since babies can't decide for themselves whether they want a relationship with God, it is our hope that as they grow they will learn about God through the witness of their parents and family, and through Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and participating in worship. When youth are old enough to enter 7th grade they begin to prepare themselves to affirm their baptism.
Typically a child will go through two years of Confirmation ministry in which they will learn about the Ten Commandments, the Reformation, the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the Lord's Prayer and the Apostles' Creed, and also build relationships with the other youth and with caring adults.
In the fall of their 9th grade year, once a young person has gone through Confirmation ministry, they are able to make an affirmation of their baptism. This occurs during a worship service so that the larger congregation can promise to support them in their growing faith.
We typically meet on Wednesday evenings at 6pm and the class ends at 8pm. Usually we alternate from a lesson night (learning in a classroom setting) to a fellowship night or a service project.