Our “Longer and Later” Confirmation distributes the courses in shorter segments over more years of a young person’s life. Initially, courses are blended with the Sunday School classes, and at 5th grade evening meetings begin supplementing the Sunday morning studies. We talk about confirmation as a process of "Faith Stepping Stones."
An outline of the program follows:
- Grade 2: Bibles are presented to students on Reformation Sunday. Students memorize books of the New Testament and take an "Introductio to the Bible" class.
- Grade 4: The Lord’s Prayer learned and led by the class at Sunday worship Service.
- Grade 5: Ten Commandments memorized; Communion Instruction classes are Wednesday evenings for five weeks, with parent(s) attending with their child. First Communion is on Maundy Thursday.
- Grade 6: Apostles’ Creed memorized; Baptism and Lord’s Prayer classes Wednesday evenings for five weeks during Lent. Class leads the Creed for worship on Ash Wednesday or a Sunday Service. This year also features the introduction to Luther's Small Catechism and presentation of catechisms.
- Grades 7–9: Our confirmation instruction uses the re:form curriculum from Augsurg Fortress on a three-year rotation. Students go through the Ancestors curricula focusing on the Old Testament and New Testament for two years, and Hard Questions for one year.
- Grade 10: Sophomores go through the re:form Faith Traditions: Lutheran curriculum. This year also features a Mentorship and Service Project Based Program, and a requirement to complete 12 sermon notes.
- Grade 11: The Service of Confirmation (also called Affirmation of Baptism) is held for high school juniors the fourth Sunday in September.
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