What is confirmation?
Confirmation is the affirmation of faith through our baptismal vow. Many of us were baptized as infants or young children, before we were able to make those baptismal promises ourselves. In 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 a young person’s “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 commands and example of Jesus as a “disciple of Christ” and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”
How we do it
The process of confirmation varies slightly from congregation to congregation, but the end goal is the same: to prepare people to boldly and confidently make promises to love and serve God, affirm your baptism and continue to live out your faith through the work of God’s church. At Spirit of Joy we journey with you on a 2-year process of both Catechism (religious instruction) and bible instruction, which we alternate each year. Confirmation is for 7th and 8th graders and Confirmation will take place the last Sunday of October in the students’ 9th grade year when the course outline has been satisfied. Special circumstances and needs should be brought to the Pastors attention.
Our goal, together…
is to partner with parents/families in the journey of faith development that can be articulated through word and deed as partners in the spread of the gospel through faithful living. Part of this is instruction and part of this is practice through serving to develop life-long skills as a disciple (learner and follower) of Christ.
- “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Confirmation as a process of discipleship
- Therefore, confirmation is not an ending, but a renewal in faith, like a new beginning as a step in the lifelong journey of faith in Jesus Christ. Confirmation is a highly encouraged, elective experience that includes instruction, prayer, contemplation, discussion, outreach to the world through service, worship, fellowship as we seek, honor and serve God for the goodness of the world!
- Confirmation is not a rite of passage in which all of-age church members can take part. It is a process of discipleship. It is studying and applying the faith of the Christian church into which you were baptized as a recognition of an ongoing journey with Jesus Christ. Confirmation Sunday (Last Sunday in October – Reformation Sunday) is a very special day when you publicly proclaim your commitment your life to following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
- This proclamation in response to God’s love in Jesus is exciting! Confirmation will be one of many things that will help you grow in your faith in Jesus and help you understand the unconditional love that is given to you as a child of God. Working together, you, your parents, and the church will partner together to make sure these promises are fulfilled.
Faith is taught in the home, the church is your partner
- Confirmation classes are a formal learning environment designed for students to learn about the Bible and the Christian/Lutheran faith that they are preparing to profess. However, learning is not limited to the confines of the church building. The church isn’t something that is “done to you” but rather to equip you to live a life of faith, peace and love and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout your life through your words and deeds.
- Faith is primarily and most importantly taught and affirmed in the home. Many activities involved in the confirmation experience are things that can and should frequently be done as a family setting (for example, worshiping as a family regularly, helping the student work on his/her memorization, and finally talking about where faith and daily life intersect!). We want to help you to live the life of a disciple