The Confirmation Journey is a family-paced faith process for young people (7th-12th grades), who would like to dive deeper into understanding what they believe and why. The Journey is quite flexible, it can be completed in a year or as long as you need. Students & a parent/mentor are invited to explore together what it looks like to be followers of Jesus while working through Journal lessons, reading Scripture, and using the Catechism. At the end of the journey, students are invited to publicly confirm and claim their identity as disciples who intend to continue to follow Jesus.
What to Expect
Step 1: As a family discuss whether you believe you are ready (or your student is ready) to begin this journey. Here is a list of faith topics and questions to guide this discussion. The journey is designed to take at least a year to complete, all families are welcome to take as long as they need.
Step 2: Register for a Launch Meeting or Email Lindsey to set up a Launch Meeting and Register for Wednesday night programming (Foundations or Roots). All students participating in the Confirmation Journey need to be faithful, frequent, and engaged members of a Youth small group.
Step 3: Complete the Confirmation Journals (Divided in 2 parts, made up of 11 units, containing 49 lessons total) along with the 11 Unit check-in sheets along the way and action module components (Worship Notes, Participating in your Small Group, Service Hours).
The Confirmation Journal is a study guide to work through what we believe and why. The Journal covers an Intro to the Bible, what it means to be a Lutheran Christian, Luther's Small Catechism (10 Commandments, Lord's Prayer, Apostles' Creed, Baptism, Holy Communion and Confession), Faith practices for a Christian's life, and how to write and share your faith story. The lessons in the Journal are brief and devotional in nature, taking 10-15 minutes to complete. There are questions for reflection and response. At the end of each unit your student will complete a "check-in" form to summarize what they learned. This will help us keep track of how they are progressing. Lindsey Schmidt will check in periodically along the way and you're always encouraged to contact her as questions come up.
We encourage families to work on the lessons together or for students to find a trusted adult to work with.
The action module includes 15 worship notes, regularly participating in your small group and 15 service hours to be completed prior to registering for the Confirmation weekend of your choice.
At the end of the process students will share their faith story with their Wednesday evening small group.
Step 4: Sign up and complete a 30-minute Confirmation Celebration Interview by October 1st or February 1st depending which is closer to when you complete your testimony sharing and check-in sheets.
Step 5: Register for your Confirmation Weekend. All students who have completed their Confirmation Journey journals, check-ins, action module, testimony, and interview are given the opportunity to confirm their faith along with other students during their regular worship time.
There are 2 Confirmation Sundays each year (usually the 5th Sunday of October or 1st Sunday of November and the 1st Sunday in March).
Upcoming Confirmation dates:
Oct 31, 2021 & March 6, 2022
Action Module Downloads
Questions? Email Lindsey Schmidt or call 651-739-5144x219.