Confirmation (also called “Affirmation of Baptism”)
Because we believe God does the baptizing, we feel free to baptize babies. Many other wonderful churches feel differently about baptism. And we have learned from each other.
For instance, one of the great things about baptizing babies is that it enables the whole congregation to celebrate and pray for the new little one. So, churches that don’t baptize babies have an “infant dedication” ceremony and pray that the child will choose one day to be baptized.
And one of the great things about only baptizing people who are old enough to know what’s going on is that they get to remember their baptism. So, churches that baptize babies have an “Affirmation of Baptism” ceremony. When the person who is baptized feels firm in their faith, they can choose to publicly affirm – “say yes to” – their baptism. They get up in front of the church and share their love for the God who so wonderfully loves them.
During this ceremony:
the person also promises to deepen in your discipleship
to come to church regularly
to hear and read God’s Word, to share in The Lord’s Supper
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through your words and actions
to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
If you, or someone you know, wants to know more, or wants to affirm their baptism, just contact us. We’d love to celebrate with you!
Letter to Parents
We’re excited! We’re adding another grade to our “Confirmation Program.”
This year we’re inviting everyone in 6th through 8th grade - our middle school bunch. During this three-year cycle we’ll talk about:
1) The Old Testament
2) The New Testament
3) The Walk of Discipleship (including Luther’s Catechism)
This year we’ll be walking through the New Testament. We’ll meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15. (In years past, sometimes the times expanded to 7:30 because the kids wanted to hang out longer; we’re OK with that.) The time together will be led by Pastor Gary and Seminarian Rode Molla.
Also, if any of your child(ren) have friends they’d like to bring along, that’d be great!
The Rite of Confirmation (AKA, Affirmation of Baptism) will be offered in the fall of the 9th grade year. We understand that this Rite is not a graduation or a reward for going to “classes”; no one has to ”get confirmed.” The Rite of Confirmation is a joyful, and public witness that tells the world that we believe in our Wonderful God and want to live our lives as disciples.
We hope you and your child(ren) will find our new program to be exciting, fun, and a deepening in discipleship.
Please come with your child(ren) to our first session on Tuesday, September 18.
God is with you all.
Your Youth and Education Team.