Acolyte Training Follows from 7:15-8:00
Despite the continued threat of contracting the Coronavirus, the beginning of another year of confirmation ministry with catechetical instruction begins Sunday, Sep 12, at 6:30 with an In-Person “Back to Confirmation Night” orientation for both 7th and 8th grade youth and parents. Parents and youth are to gather in the sanctuary, with each family sitting in a RESERVED pew to maintain distancing. Please wear a mask while in the building. The goals and volunteer opportunities of the program will be reviewed at that time as well as the unique roles parents will be asked to engage in. The class of about 28 seventh and eighth grade youth along with parent Small Group Guides will cover the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer at biweekly Learn Events. Each Learn Event’s theme will utilize the Teen Study Bible that all youth entering the ministry receive, Luther’s Small Catechism, and a Faith5 Journal. They will also process what was shared in Small Groups with an adult Guide facilitating the conversation. In addition, the program includes:
- Play Events coordinated with the Oasis Youth ministry
- Serve Events ranging from making meals, hosting an Easter Egg Hunt, and Youth Sunday Worship leadership on Mother’s Day, to serving either as an acolyte or singing in the Youth Choir once sanctuary worship resumes.
This year in particular Confirmation isn’t just for youth. Parents are invited and encouraged to use the Faith5 Journals provided to each youth to amplify the experience with the Home Devotions included with each Learn Event theme, if possible. 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.
Following the Orientation Jaime Frazier will lead the youth in training to be an acolyte. This will be the only training they receive so it is imperative that youth attend the orientation since no training was provided last year during the pandemic.