Confirmation provides a toolbox of equipping, modeling, and
encouraging that promotes a lifestyle of following Jesus.
This year, Confirmation is designed for families of 7th and 8th grade students.
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 (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 on the nurture of 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 adulthood, builds a Scriptural framework for Christian education that accords with God’s own plan for us (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Parental involvement is vital and strongly encouraged. The classroom portion of the student’s learning is only one element. The learning through family discussions, at-home projects, and life situations also helps shape the discipleship of the student and is a vital part of the confirmation process.
What is expected of the confirmand?
As a maturing young person, the confirmand is expected to be responsible for learning with lots of help from parents and class leaders. Important components of responsibilities include:
- Active, regular participation in worship and class sessions
- Complete sermon notes (10 per year)*
Discuss sermon and worship experience with family on a regular basis.
- Participate in missional service projects (10 credit hours/year)**
- Attend confirmation retreat
(if available; Camp Agape is currently closed)
- Give personal 100% and make it a lifestyle
- Respect yourself, other people, and property
- Encourage others, no put downs
Print blank sermon notes from the Confirmation Booklet (pg. 10) 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 MaryAnn Unger ( ). For 8th Grade, submit to Alan Shaw ( ).
Schedules and Important Dates
8th Grade Faith Affirmation
February 3 – Faith Affirmation Rough Draft Due at End of Class
March 20/21, March 27/28, April 10/11 – Faith Affirmations Given in Worship
May 5 – Rite of Confirmation
For more information regarding the confirmation program, review the 2020/2021 Confirmation Handbook.