“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a Rite within the Lutheran church, where baptized youth participate in a process of instruction, discernment, and growth in their faith. It ends with the Affirmation of Baptism, which is a youth’s opportunity to “say yes” to a God who “said yes” to them in their baptism and to commit themselves to the church and its mission. At Nativity, youth participating in the confirmation process will grow in their understanding of the Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments) as well as Lutheran history and theology, and they will be given regular, intentional, and supported opportunities to discern their own identity as a Child of God and their calling in the church and to the world.
Who participates in Confirmation?
Currently at Nativity, a youth will, typically, begin the confirmation process in November of 7th grade and will affirm their baptism in October of 10th grade. (PLEASE NOTE: this is the “typical” process, and the Nativity staff is willing to work with a youth who would be starting the confirmation process later or coming back after a break, though a youth cannot start confirmation earlier than 7th grade)
When is Confirmation?
Confirmands in 7th – 9th grade will meet on various Wednesday evenings between the months of November and May. 7th & 8th graders will meet together from 7 – 8 pm and 9th graders will meet from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. (Please reference your Confirmation Schedule for more details)
What are the expectations of Confirmation?
PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation is NOT an expectation of membership at Nativity. A youth doesn’t have to participate in the process if they are unwilling and/or unable. This is not a “have to” but a “get to”. Youth participating in confirmation at Nativity are able to miss 3 of the 12 Wednesday evenings throughout the year, and are expected to attend their annual retreat to Luther Park. If a youth does miss more than 3 Wednesday evenings during the year or is unable to attend their retreat, they will be given take-home assignments from Pastor Ben to be done with a parent/parents.
Youth are expected to complete 10 Service and 10 Growth Experiences throughout the program year.
- Service Experiences through Nativity will be made known to confirmands on a regular basis. Service Experience credit will be given to opportunities outside the Nativity Community as long as they are deemed appropriate and do not satisfy a requirement of another organization. Service Experience forms are made available on Wednesday evenings, or upon request from Pastor Ben, and should be turned in on Wednesday evenings, or to Pastor Ben.
- Growth Experiences can be acquired in two ways: 1) Participating in Nativity Growth Opportunities made available throughout the year. 2) Participation in worship and the completion of Worship Experience Forms; available at the Ushers’ Tables at the entrances to the Sanctuary. Turn completed forms into the designated spot at the Welcome Desk.
PLEASE NOTE: All yearly Service and Growth Experience expectations will be satisfied when a youth participates in one of Nativity’s summer Youth Service and Learning Trips.
There is a suggested payment of $75.00 for each student, with a family maximum of $150. You may pay by check or by following the instructions on the confirmation page after you submit your registration.