How many of you remember your confirmation experience? Was it enjoyable? Did you learn a lot about Jesus, the church, and the Bible? Did your class create lasting memories, or was is more of a “we do this because we have to” kind of a life event?
The truth is, when I have had conversations with various people in our church community and others I have been a part of, about their confirmation years the most common thread I hear is that we did it “because that is what you are supposed to do.” Many people have told stories about sitting in a class each Wednesday night where the teacher talks at them about dates, stories and Bible verses. Some people have even told me about needing to memorize Bible verses in order to “pass the class” and be confirmed.
I am in no way trying to criticize or speak poorly of the way confirmation has been done in the past or in other church communities. Typically, confirmation is lead by wonderful volunteers who are faith-filled and want to share that love of God with our youth – for which we are truly blessed. But… in this last year of pandemic, we as a staff have taken the opportunity to take a step back and ask ourselves some hard questions. With confirmation, one of those questions we have been pondering is….
Do our students understand WHY they get confirmed??
It is with this spirit that we have shifted our focus in our confirmation program to really help our middle schoolers understand the why of confirmation. With the amazing support of our fantastic teachers, in 7th grade students will learn about the parts of worship, baptism, and communion. In 8th grade students learn about Martin Luther and the Apostle’s Creed. in 9th grade the students get to take part in a program called ALPHA where the main focus is how does all of this fit into my life? We have worked hard to update the programs and provide varying activities that cater to all different types of learning styles and include family members in the learning too – we even have home lessons built in this year to accommodate schedules and really bring faith home with the students. In addition, all of the students will have opportunities to listen to various speakers and presentations throughout the year to hear from others what this thing called “faith” means as they grow.
Our goal at the end of the confirmation program is that each student has learned something about the church they attend and why we do what we do. But the most important focus of the 3 years of confirmation classes is to help our students WANT to be confirmed and proclaim to God and the community at CtK the affirmation of their baptism. We are excited to change the way we think of confirmation and learning and really dig deep to grow in our faith and really bring God’s love to life!
Hope you will join us! Kayla Pfluger
** if you wish to sign your 7th, 8th, or 9th grade student up for confirmation, please follow THIS LINK**