confirmation at st. johns
All Confirmation students are invited to spend a week at Lutheran Lakeside Camp! We traditionally attend camp the first full week of June. Although participation is not required, we strongly encourage it. The week provides a great opportunity for the kids to build lasting friendships with one another, meet confirmation groups from other Lutheran churches, and also get to know their pastors and youth directors. All costs are subsidized by the church and scholarships are also available upon request.
6th grade Confirmation focuses on Bible literacy and study. First passed down orally and then compiled over hundreds of years by many different authors in a variety of languages using a diversity of writing styles and eventually sorted into the canon we read today by a group of ancient church leaders—the Bible is no easy book to read. As a class we will journey from Creation (Genesis) to New Creation (Revelation) and along the way we will learn tools and techniques for reading scripture in a life-giving way. We use the Spark - Echo the Story curriculum.
7th and 8th grade students will focus on Luther’s Small Catechism. Luther wrote the Small Catechism as a resource for parents to teach their children about the faith. We now use it primarily in a church setting, and it is what Lutheran churches throughout the world use as the basis for their confirmation programs. Think of that! Lutherans around the world in South Korea and Tanzania and Slovakia and elsewhere all study the Small Catechism and that means you share yet another common language of faith with your brothers and sisters throughout the world.
History and more
In between Catechism weeks the 7th and 8th grade students will delve deeper into learning about the evolution of Christianity over the past 2000. We will cover topics ranging from the beginning of the Catholic Church and the life and beliefs of Martin Luther to the importance of prayer and meditation in our lives.
Confirmation culminates with a final project designed by each student. Some students may choose to organize a volunteer project, others may want to preach or compose a song, and yet others may decide to organize a community art exhibit. With guidance and supervision, students are encouraged to put together a project that is uniquely them. Towards the end of their 8th grade year students will work with the pastors and director of youth ministry to identify a suitable capstone project and develop a plan of action to successfully complete that project. Students will present their projects during the educational forums in the weeks leading up to Reformation Sunday.