All students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades are welcome to join our Confirmation class. The Confirmation program is designed to meet many of the intellectual, social, and spiritual needs of our middle school students at St. Andrew. Through large group instruction, small group interaction, worship notes, and service hours, students grow in their relationships with God, one another, and God’s creation. They learn about Evangelical Lutheran theology and practice, and are motivated for ministry and mission.
Confirmation students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one retreat per year and at least one week of Confirmation Camp during the three year program. By interacting with their peers and caring adults, students explore questions of faith and life in a challenging but safe, supportive atmosphere. Another highlight of our program is the annual Super Bible Bowl, during which students match wits with our church council.
We follow a three year cycle of classes: Old Testament, New Testament, and Lutheran history, living, and Luther’s Small Catechism. This year’s focus will primarily be on the Old Testament. At the end of the three-year program, students have the opportunity to affirm their baptism and to receive the renewed commitment of the congregation at large to walk with them on their continuing faith journey.
Our curriculum, published by Augsburg Fortress Press, is called, “colaborate”. Augsburg describes this program as one that promotes “fearless faith formation”. Lessons are highly interactive and are designed to lead students into deep engagement with the Bible, church history, and Lutheran theology. Materials are provided to all students on a yearly basis.
A critical aspect of the program is the involvement of adult leaders. In addition to the lead teachers, adult Guides participate in the lessons, lead small group discussions, and build relationships with the students in the program. This year, our guides include Jennifer Trom, Donna Brocker, and Geoff Harker.