Confirmation Ministry Begins with Orientation Sept. 9 at 6:30; Blessing Service Sep 23 at 10:30 Worship
Another year of confirmation ministry with catechetical instruction begins Sunday, Sep 9, 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 29 seventh and eighth grade youth along with parent Guides will cover Sacraments, Lutheran Worship, and the Apostle’s Creed at biweekly Learn Events, and Our Lutheran Heritage at the fall Lock-In Re- treat. 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 and Youth Sunday Worship leadership, to serving either as an acolyte, nursery aide, or singing in the Youth Choir.
- Participation in a Stepping into the Catechism Blessing dur- ing the 10:30 worship on September
Confirmation isn’t just for youth any more. Parents are invited to gather for Learn Events and participate in their own Parent Group 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 Lutheran Heritage
On Friday and Saturday, September 28-29, 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 28 at 6:30 and will include acolyte training and a focus on how Lutheranism began at the Reformation and some fun facts about our denomination today.
On Saturday the group will travel to Camp Edge in Alloway for a High Ropes Course session to enhance becoming more tightly knit as a community in the body of Christ. The cost of the event is $25/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 30 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 30th. 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 on September 28- 29 to prepare new acolytes for their role in worship leadership.