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About Confirmation at Grace
Grace Confirmation is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Confirmation students and families are encouraged to attend the 5:45 p.m. worship service. Following the service, Confirmation meets 6:45-8:00 p.m., beginning with a large-group gathering, followed by a grade-level instruction, and concluding with small-group discussion time.
The Service of Confirmation, commonly called Affirmation of Baptism, is held on Reformation Sunday in October, when the students are beginning ninth grade.
Register for Confirmation
All 6th, 7th and 8th graders need to register for the 2017-18 confirmation academic year. You may register online, pick up forms from the Welcome Center, or print forms below.
All returning 7th and 8th grade students will stay with the same teacher and class that they met with during the 2016-17 program year. In order to have adequate time during the summer months to assign the new 6th graders to classes and recruit enough guides, we ask that you help us expedite this process by submitting your registrations by Sun., June 25, 2017. We do accept registrations throughout the program year.
The Parent Ministry portion of the registration form must be completed. Please prayerfully consider how you might volunteer your time next year!
April 5, 2017
Families of Fifth Graders,
This fall confirmation will be 6th, 7th and 8th grades, with 6th graders getting a strong foundation of biblical literacy with the Deep Blue curriculum. All 6th, 7th and 8th graders will gather for Confirmation on Wednesday nights, 6:45 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
For the 2015-16 program year we took the 6th grade students out of the confirmation program, for many reasons, combining them with the Grace Bible School 5th graders, forming EPIC 56 Bible Study. This change was done to increase biblical literacy for the 5th and 6th graders through the Deep Blue curriculum, build relationships, have small-group time mixing the two grades, and to have a few parents involved in this program.
What we didn’t realize with this change were the things we would be sacrificing. This included the 6th graders not feeling connected to the middle-school community at Grace, not being involved in middle-school activities, mission trips, service projects, or fellowship nights, as they had previously. We found 6th graders did not attend GBS as often, thus coming into confirmation without as strong a biblical foundation.
Confirmation registration for 2017-18 has begun; you may register on line, pick up printed forms from the Welcome Center, or print forms from the website. As registration forms come in we will begin forming the new 6th grade small groups; 7th and 8th graders will remain in the same class as the 2016-17 program year. We also ask parents to prayerfully consider serving as a small-group leader.
Let me know if you have any question.
Julie Vagle, Director
What is Confirmation?
As parents bring their children to baptism, they are entrusted to help their child grow in the Christian faith and promise: “… to live with them among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that your children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.”
Confirmation, or the Affirmation of Baptism, is the time when confirmands declare for themselves that they will live out the promises made for them by their parents and sponsors in their baptism. This process of preparation takes many forms, including classes (7th and 8th grades) and increased involvement in the life of their faith community.
The intent for confirmation is to support faith formation, which translates into involvement in congregational life and live out their faith in daily living. The years spent in confirmation classes are intended to continue, more intentionally, the exploration of faith, faith and life, and faith and the church so that students can make that affirmation of baptism in the hope and trust that God will continue to lead and guide them in all the aspects of their lives now and in the future.
Before Classes: Grace Diner and Worship
On Wednesday evenings, before confirmation classes, our Grace Diner offers a low-cost, family-friendly meal from 4:45-5:30 p.m. This enables families to have a meal together before the kids head off to class.
After Grace Diner and before confirmation classes, students and their families are invited to attend our Wednesday evening worship (5:45-6:30 p.m.) This service is designed especially for younger attendees (and those young of heart), with contemporary music by the GraceAbounds band. For more information about Grace’s confirmation program, contact Julie Vagle, Youth Director.
Church Use of Photography
On occasion, Grace Lutheran Church may use group photographs of children/youth in the monthly newsletter, on the church website, social media or as part of a display in the atrium. Children/youth are not identified by name. If you have concerns about photographs possibly being used in this way, please contact Paula Ewald or Lois Williams at 952-432-7273, ext. 107, or Julie Vagle at 952-432-7273, ext. 105.