Children, Youth, & Families at Advent

 

Make your faith your own. Become an adult in our church. Confirmation is the affirmation of your baptism, prepared for over two years by studying the Bible and the core teachings of Lutheran faith in a series of classes.

What’s “affirmation” mean? “Affirm” means to maintain as true, to assert, and to pledge. Here’s another way to think of “affirmation of your baptism.” When you were baptized, very likely you were a baby and your parents brought you to the front of church to be marked as a child of God. It’s an important moment in your life, but – let’s be honest, you didn’t really have much of choice in the matter. When you complete the Confirmation program and are confirmed, you walk to the front of the church yourself, and affirm your faith with your own independence and conviction. This is a big moment for your role in our church, for your personal faith, and for growing up in general.

Enrolling in the Confirmation program is the first step to affirming your faith. It will equip you to answer questions like: Now, as an individual with your own thoughts, what do you believe about the meaning of your baptism? What do you believe about God and Jesus Christ? What do you feel called to do with your faith moving forward? You are confirmed after fully completing two years in the Confirmation program, where you will have the opportunity to build a stronger, more personal understanding what Lutheran faith is really about, discuss faith with your peers, and begin to explore how you can live out your faith in school and in the world.

 

Confirmation Sunday

Students having completed 2 years of Confirmation classes will be confirmed on a special Sunday at the end of the second school year. We just confirmed 9 students on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2015, and will begin a new 2-year class cycle this fall.

 

Program Requirements (2016-17)

5 required Learning Sessions meeting in the sanctuary at Advent throughout the school year:

  1. Saturday, September 24 | 9am-1pm
  2. Saturday, November 19  | 9am-1pm
  3. Saturday, January 7 9am-1pm
  4. Saturday, March 11 | 9am-1pm
  5. Saturday, May 6 | 9am-1pm

4 required Group Dinners with a learning or service component, meeting at various families’ homes and service locations:

  1. Friday, October 28 6-9pm
  2. Friday, December 2 | 6-9pm
  3. Friday, February 3 | 6-9pm
  4. Friday, April 28 | 6-9pm

Participation in one ministry area at Advent, which students will get to choose at the first Learning Session.

 

About the Learning Sessions

Confirmation classes will be co-planned and co-taught by a team of pastors, CYF staff, and seminarians. This team will collaborate to create dynamic and engaging classes for junior high youth utilizing games, activities, discussions, projects, and various media. Additionally, each class will include lunch.

 

Junior High Sunday School

We have now added a teen age-group to the Sunday School learning groups. Click here for more information on our Sunday School program.