St. John's Lutheran Church
Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Confirmation

 
  
Confirmation
Program Intent and Format.   Confirmation in the Lutheran Church is a public profession of faith prepared for by long and careful instruction. It is called "affirmation of baptism", and is a mature and public profession of the faith which "marks the completion of the congregation's program of confirmation ministry". The program at St. John’s Lutheran Church is a two-year program and will include three basic components of which instruction is primary and paramount. Key historical events in the Old Testament, the “good news” in the New Testament, and Luther’s Small Catechism will be taught. Service as well as building and strengthening life-long Christian relationships are the other two components of the program. An introduction to (or review of) the Bible will also be available to youth who are in need of this instruction.
 
Bible Foundations (Part I and II). Bible Foundations is an optional, but recommended, study opportunity for our junior high youth and their family. Because the Bible should shape our lives individually and as a community, it is essential that our youth be able to share its fundamental understanding. 
 
Bible Foundations Part I is a two hour orientation to (or review of) the Bible. Topics will include: 
                                    What is the Bible?
                                    How did the Bible come to be?  
                                    The Structure and Content of the Bible
                                    The Books of the Old and New Testament
 
Bible Foundations Part II is a monthly discussion of selected books within the Bible. One Wednesday of each month has been selected for this discussion. The books of the Bible that are to be studied will be selected by our youth. Youth (and their family members) will have a month to read the selected book and then participate in a discussion on a scheduled Wednesday.        
 
 
Service and Socials. As noted in the “Program Intent and Format”, part of the Confirmation experience will include service to others and building and strengthening life-long Christian relationships. Throughout the year, opportunities to participate in social activities, service projects, and service to the church will be announced. Confirmation students are expected to participate.   Parents are encouraged to volunteer for these activities.