About Confirmation at Grace
Grace Confirmation is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We begin at 5:45 with Wednesday Worship in the Sanctuary. Following the service, we gather from 6:30-7:30 pm, beginning with a large group gathering and concluding with small-group discussion time.
The Service of Confirmation, also called the Affirmation of Baptism, is held on Reformation Sunday in October when the students are beginning ninth grade.
All 6th, 7th and 8th graders are required to register for Confirmation either online or via a paper form available through the office. We do accept registrations throughout the program year. However, 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 the third Sunday in June. All returning 7th and 8th grade students will stay with the same teacher and class that they met with during the previous program year.
The Parent Ministry portion of the registration form must be completed. Please prayerfully consider how you might volunteer your time next year!
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 5:00-6:30 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 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 acoustic music by the GraceAbounds band.
Church Use of Photographs
On occasion, the church may use group photographs of youth in the monthly newsletter, on the church website, social media or as part of a display in the atrium; the youth are not identified by name. If you have concerns about photographs possibly being used in this way, please contact the office.
Safe Child Policy
Our safe church policy includes screening volunteers who work directly with youth, requiring written applications of everyone. Formal background checks will be required of confirmation guides/parents who chaperone overnight retreats, and those who drive youth to events.