Confirmation Ministry Begins with Orientation Sept. 10 at 6:30; Blessing Service Sep 17 at 10:30 Worship
Another year of confirmation ministry with catechetical instruction begins Sunday, Sep 10, at 6:30 with a “Back to Confirmation Night” orientation for both youth and parents in the Church Sanctuary where the goals and volunteer opportunities of the program will be reviewed. The class of about 25 seventh and eighth grade youth along with parent Guides will cover The Ten Commandments and The Lord’s Prayer at biweekly Learn Events, and Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure at the fall Lock-In Retreat. They will also receive acolyte training as a part of the retreat. This program utilizes the Head to the Heart Power Point themes produced by Faith Inkubators.
Additional components of the program include:
- Play Events coordinated with the Oasis Youth ministry
- Serve Events ranging from making meals for My Father’s House to the Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast
- Worship participation, serving either as an acolyte, nursery aide, or singing in the Youth Choir.
- Youth Sunday worship leadership on Mother’s Day.
- Participation in a Stepping into the Catechism Blessing during the 10:30 worship on September 17.
Confirmation isn’t just for youth any more. Parents are invited to gather for Learn Events and participate in their own Small Groups for fellowship and rediscovering the faith applications of Luther’s Small Catechism in their daily lives. While this may be a lot to ask of families with extremely full schedules, Pastor Wayne strongly believes the most important way to teach faith to our children is to first teach and empower loving adults to model and share the faith with them. In addition, parents have the opportunity to explore what they once learned in confirmation from the perspective and life experience of an adult and how that impacts their own faith in daily life.
Confirmation Lock-In Focuses on Stewardship and Community Building
On Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, the Confirmation Youth will gather at the church for a lock-in retreat followed by a community building experience at Camp Edge in Alloway. The Lock-In portion of the retreat begins Friday, Sep 15 at 6:30 and will include acolyte training and a focus on how we are to be faithful stewards of our time, talent and treasure. On Saturday, the group will travel to Camp Edge in Alloway for a 9:00-Noon Low Ropes Course session to enhance becoming more tightly knit as a community in the body of Christ. The cost of the event is $15/participant to cover the cost of Camp Edge fees. Parents will be chaperoning the event both overnight at the church and at Camp Edge.
Acolyte Blessing on Sunday Sep 24 at 10:30 Worship
Those youth in the Confirmation Ministry program who will be serving as acolytes this year are invited to participate in a Stepping into Serving at the Altar blessing service at the 10:30 worship on September 24. High School youth who are making the commitment to continue serving in ministry as an acolyte will also receive a blessing and be given an enamel pectoral cross as a symbol of their dedication and service to Christ and the church. Acolyte Training will occur during the Fall Lock-In Retreat.