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 Jesus Christ.
Confirmation meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 pm. Confirmation has large group time, followed by a smaller group component.
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 2016-2017
8th Grade Winter Retreat | Camp WAPO | January 20-21
7th Grade Retreat | Gustavus Adolphus College | September 23-24
9th Grade Urban Plunge Retreat |Augsburg College | November 4-5
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 be organized into different 3-week class electives. Sign-up for these electives will occur early in the semester (more information to come). 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 Race in Modern Life: Black, White, Brown, and Yellow - What's faith got to do with how we are in community?
- 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. God's work with our neighbors everywhere.
- 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. Some of the same electives may be offered in both semesters, so if there's a topic you really like but aren't able to take in the fall, there may be another chance.
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
Summer Service Trip to Blackfeet Nation and Glacier National Park, MT!
July 22-28 | Graduating Grades 9-12
We're so excited to announce that the dates and destination have been set for this summer's NLC High School Youth trip! This year's trip will be a one-week service and learning trip to Blackfeet Nation American Indian reservation, surrounded by the beautify and adventure of Glacier country in beautiful northwest Montana. It is home to just under 60% of the enrolled 16,000 Blackfeet tribal members and is the third largest reservation in Montana. YouthWorks is located in the community of Heart Butte, a small town with a population of 698.
This trip will give NLC youth graduating grades 9-12 the amazing, meaningful opportunity to build relationships with community members and to bring joy, love and enthusiasm while serving through various work projects and by helping faciliate a Kids Club program with bible lessons, games, crafts, reading and sports! We'll also have the chance to explore and encounter stunning creation in Glacier National Park and join in on a community cookout all while having a blast together.