WELCOME TO CONFIRMATION!
From Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, God speaks to our responsibility to pass on faith to the next generation:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 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. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
In Holy Baptism, promises were not only made by parents and sponsors, but by the entire church before God and to God’s people:
In Christian love you have presented these children for Holy Baptism. You should therefore bring them to the services of God’s house, and teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. As they grow in years, you should place in their hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for their instruction in the Christian faith, that, living in the covenant of their Baptism and in communion with the Church, they may lead godly lives until the day of Jesus Christ.” (from the Lutheran Book of Worship)
This promise is about making disciples. It’s about growing in faith and in faithfulness as a follower of our Lord. This promise is about faith formation. Faith formation does not occur only for an hour or two on Sunday morning; it happens throughout the week. Faith formation does not happen only in quiet solitude. Faith formation is a community experience. Growing in faith happens at church in a variety of settings, at home, and during situations we encounter every day!
We welcome your grade 7 and grade 8 student to our Confirmation Ministry where they can grow deep in Christ.