Confirmation provides a toolbox of equipping, modeling, and
encouraging that promotes a lifestyle of following Jesus.
Confirmation Starts Wednesday, September 8 AT 6:30 PM
Confirmation 1 with Pastor Zach Sarrault in Room 240, Family Life Center
Confirmation 2 with Pastor Alan Shaw in Room 251, Family Life Center
Youth Confirmation at RLC is a 2-year program that traditionally begins ("Confirmation 1") at Grade 7 and finishes at the end of Grade 8 ("Confirmation 2"). After a pandemic year, we recognize that some flexibility in Grades as young people enter this structured faith formation process is warranted — thus our rebranding each class "Confirmation 1" and "2."
A Family Experience at RLC
At baptism, parents, sponsors, and members of the congregation receive God’s promises and make promises to be God’s instruments in nurturing the faith of the one baptized. Confirmation is one part of that lifelong sharing of God’s gifts. Young people at this stage prepare to make their profession of faith in their own expressions and be commissioned into full participation in congregational life.
At confirmation, a young Christian declares that he or she has been baptized, confesses the faith, and shares in communion with Christ and His Church.
At Resurrection Lutheran Church (RLC), confirmation is not an education exercise that ends in a graduation. Rather, confirmation is a time for young people to immerse themselves in the Holy Scriptures, intentionally experience various aspects of congregational life, and seek the guiding of the Holy Spirit for confirming them in their faith as they say “yes” to the confession others made on their behalf at their baptism and are received as confirmed members of Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Home-Centered, Church-Supported Experience
Parents continue to have the greatest influence nurturing the faith of youth. RLC is here to equip parents, sponsors, members of the congregation and youth as they live out foundational promises made at baptism. Equipping parents to be the primary faith nurturer in a child’s life, especially as a child grows into young adult- hood, builds a Scriptural framework for Christian education that accords with God’s own plan for us (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Parental and family involvement is vital and strongly encouraged. The classroom portion of the student’s learning is only one element. Family discussions, at-home projects, and life situations also help shape the discipleship of the student and are a vital part of the confirmation process.
What is expected of the confirmand?
As a maturing young person, they are expected to be responsible for their learning with lots of help from their parents and class leaders. Important components of their responsibilities include:
- Active, regular participation in worship and class sessions
- Complete sermon notes (10 per year). Discuss sermon and worship experience with your family on a regular basis.
- Participate in missional service projects (10 credit hours/year)
- Attend confirmation retreat (if available)
- Give your personal 100% and make it a lifestyle
- Respect yourself, other people, and property
- Encourage others. We laugh “with” not “at” others
Print blank sermon notes from the Confirmation Booklet or pick up by the church mailboxes near the Narthex doors and the Family Life Center lobby. Return completed forms to the appropriate mailbox next to where the blank forms are found. They will be returned to the family mailbox with notes to the student by Anne Altieri. If unable to return completed sermon notes in person, please email to Anne or the church office ( ).
Write a 1-2 page summary of the acts of service completed, including what was learned and experienced. For 7th Grade, submit to Pastor Zach Sarrault ( ). For 8th Grade, submit to Alan Shaw ( ).
For more information regarding the confirmation program, review the 2021/2022 Confirmation Handbook.