Confirmation (Grades 7-9)
Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00 pm
Confirmation is a Wednesday night community for students in grades 7, 8, and 9. After three years in the Confirmation community, the Rite of Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) is celebrated in the fall of grade 10 during a Sunday worship service. Confirmation is a time for relationship, outreach, community and growth in the knowledge of who God is and how God is working in the world.
Confirmation meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 pm. Confirmation normally meets in "large group" first with 7th, 8th and 9th graders for a time of worship, music, and announcements, followed by "Core Classes" which are split into grades and small groups and focus on the STORY (Grade 7), PRACTICE (Grade 8) and WITNESS (Grade 9) of our faith.
Lenten Mentors Needed!
Interested in connecting with a confirmation student over Lent?
We are in need of caring adults to serve as Lenten Mentors! Lenten Mentors is a meaningful program which serves to connect confirmands to one more adult in their lives that they can trust, talk with and by whom can be guided in their faith journey and to give adults at Normandale a chance to learn from and get to know one of the confirmation students. Not to mention, it is a fun way to get to know someone new in the congregation!
Mentors and mentees will meet weekly February 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21 to attend the 7:00 worship service together and then spend 20-25 minutes together talking about faith and life. Discussion sheets will be provided.
If you are interested in supporting the youth program and taking part in this meaningful opportunity, please contact Maggie Jones, Dir. of Youth and Family Ministry at email@example.com and you will be paired with a confirmation student. Thank you!
2017-2018 Confirmation Registration
Join us for Confirmation! Sign-up today!
Questions? Contact Maggie Jones, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.977.9369.
Confirmation Retreats 2017-2018
8th Grade Fellowship Retreat | Camp WAPO, Amery WI | January 19-20 | Registration Fee: $60
9th Grade Fellowship Urban Plunge Retreat | Augsburg College, Minneapolis | November 3-4 | Registration Fee: $60 | Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 22
Confirmation Retreats at NLC are a blast! Check out our Facebook photo albums to see our retreats from last year!
8th Grade Retreat at Camp WAPO https://www.facebook.com/pg/normluthyouth/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1207761902640934
9th Grade Retreat at Augsburg College https://www.facebook.com/pg/normluthyouth/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1136366053113853
A Closer Look at Confirmation at NLC
Beginning in September, from 6:45-8:00 pm, we will gather on Wednesdays in a large group format for a time focused on fellowship, devotion, and prayer as a whole group of 7-9th graders and leaders. However, this time will include less teaching and will be shortened compared to recent years. Following large group for the first 5 weeks, we will then be dividing into specific grades to be led by pastors as a part of a "core curriculum". The curriculum and leadership will be as follows:
- 7th Grade - The Story of our Faith: Lessons on the Bible, led by Pastor Charlie
- 8th Grade - The Practice of our Faith: Lessons on the Church and the Practices of the Faithful, led by Pastor Paul
- 9th Grade - The Witness of our Faith: Lessons on the Lutheran Tradition, Proclamation, and Gospel Life, led by Pastor Dale
Small groups nowo meet and are facilitated within the specific grade class-times led by the pastors. We anticipate that this will enhances the learning and gives greater support to the leaders and students alike.
Following the 5 weeks of "core curriculum" students will choose a between 3 or 4 different 3-week elective "courses." November is our "Service and Giving Month" and the first elective courses will focus on different service organizations, projects and ways that Confirmands can make an impact near and far. Sign-ups for these electives will occur early in the semester. The electives will be led by various leaders and experts from our congregation and will focus on a variety of topics for faith and life. For instance, topics may include:
- Faith and Popular Music: What Does the Radio Proclaim?
- Faith and the Environment: How can we care for God's Creation?
- Faith and God's Diverse Community i
- Faith and Fitness: God in body, activity, and health
- Other Religions: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. What is it and how do we differ and/or share?
- Faith and Criminal Justice: Where God meets Law and Order
- Normandale Mission Ministries: Minneapolis, Edina, Peru, and India.
- Faith and Baseball: God on the bases.
- Faith and Food
Students will meet in one of these electives for 3 weeks. Small groups will not gather during these weeks.
During Advent (December) students will gather for worship with small groups and have post-worship check-in and sharing.
The post-Christmas semester will be much the same with classes regrouping into the "core curriculum" classes for the first 5 weeks with pastors and then having another 3-week elective session post-Easter.
During Lent, we will continue the goodness of each student meeting weekly with mentors.
For adults, Confirmation is our opportunity to affirm our youth in their life, surround them with community in the journey, and offer opportunities for them to hear and act on God’s call in their life. Join us as we mark this time on their faith journey.
Questions? Please contact Maggie Jones, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, at email@example.com or 952.977.9369.
Upcoming Confirmation Events
September 6 | 6:45-8:00 pm | Confirmation Orientation (7-9th)
September 13 | 6:45-8:00 pm | First Night of Confirmation!
September 29-30 | 7th Grade Fellowship Retreat
October 29 | 10:45 am | Rite of Confirmation for 10th Graders
November 1 | All-Confirmation All Saints Day Worship at Lakewood Cemetery
November 3-4 | 9th Grade Fellowship Retreat
November 15 | All Confirmation Service Night at VEAP
January 19-20 | 8th Grade Fellowship Retreat