Confirmation at Peace
Who? Students 6th – 8th grade.
What? Confirmation is a three-year process designed to help students understand their faith. The years are broken down into Old Testament, New Testament, and Small Catechism.  This year we are on the Small Catechism. Confirmation culminates in the ritual of Confirmation, also called Affirmation of Baptism. Students give their faith testimonies and pledge to live out (aka confirm) the faith in which they were baptized.
Our 2019-2020 Confirmation Program includes:
Monthly confirmation classes, one Sunday/month, 3:00-5:30 PM. Classes are generally held on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of the month, with some exceptions. We join with youth and pastors from Peace, Hope and Holy Trinity Lutheran Churches for monthly classes.  The location of monthly classes will rotate between the churches. See the calendar below for more details.
Student participation in Sunday worship. Students may serve in worship as readers, acolytes, ushers, or communion assistants.  Students are asked to serve in at least 4 worship services a year.
Sermon notes.  Students will take notes on 6 sermons per year using the “Sermon Notes Form.”  They will hand these in to Pastor Sarah.
Mentoring. Students will get together with mentors for a variety of activities 5 times during the year.
Service.  Students will give 4 hours of service through the church.  This can be Crop Walk, weeding the yard, cleaning a room, raking the leaves of an elderly member, etc.
Shekinah, the DC Metro Synod youth retreat, Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Week-long Confirmation Camp, July 26-31 at Mar-Lu-Ridge. Each student should attend camp at least once during the three years of confirmation, but you are welcome to attend all three years!
• Final Confirmation retreat and Rite of Affirmation of Baptism. On or around Pentecost Sunday of their 8th grade year, students will be confirmed.  A 3 hour retreat on a Sunday afternoon TBD will take place beforehand.  Youth who are being confirmed will be strongly encouraged to give their faith statement.
There is a registration fee for some activities in our program. Please speak with Pastor Sarah if you need assistance in paying any of these fees. Cost should not be a barrier for any child to participate.

 

2019-2020 Confirmation Schedule

Students should bring a Bible, a pen or pencil, and their copy of the Small Catechism to each session.

o Sunday, September 15, 2019 3:00-5:30 Monthly Confirmation Class.

Location: Faith Lutheran

Topic: Introduction to the Small Catechism and Luther. Lead teacher, Pastor Sarah Scherschligt

o October there will be no class session.  Students are encouraged to participate in the Peace Congregational Retreat OR attend the installation of the new        Bishop (Oct 12 at 10 am at the University of Maryland).

Students are also highly encouraged to do the Crop Walk on October 19th as a service project.

o November, Date TBD Confirmation dinner with Pastor Sarah and Confirmation families.

Topic: What does this mean?  How does your faith give your life meaning?

o Sunday, December 15, 3:00 PM-5:30 PM Monthly Confirmation Class.

Location: Peace Lutheran

Topic: Apostles Creed.  Lead teacher, Pastor Kate Davidson.

o Sunday, January 12, 3:00 PM-5:30 PM Monthly Confirmation Class.

Location: Holy Trinity

Topic: The Lord’s Prayer.  Lead Teacher, Pastor Sarah Scherschligt

o Sunday, February 9, 3:00 PM-5:30 Monthly Confirmation Class.

Location: Peace Lutheran

Topic: The Ten Commandments.  Lead Teacher, Mike Gutzler

o Saturday, March 14, time TBA. Service-learning experience. Confirmation mentors included.

o Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22, 2020. Shekinah, the Metro DC Synod Youth Retreat for confirmation students. Family portion of registration fee is $75 per student.

o Sunday, April 19, 3:00-5:30 PM Monthly Confirmation Class.

Location: Faith Lutheran

Topic: The Sacraments.  Lead Teacher, Pastor Sarah Scherschligt.

 

o Sunday, May, 17, 3:00 PM-5:30 PM Monthly Confirmation Class.

Location: Faith Lutheran

Topic: Wrapping up the Small Catechism.  Lead Teacher, Pastor Kate Davidson.

o Confirmation Camp, July 26-31. Mar-Lu Ridge Camp, Jefferson, MD.

 

If you have a child who would be eligible for confirmation, please email our parish administrator.