Here are a few notes regarding Youth Confirmation at St. John for the 2020-21 academic year:
Youth Confirmation is composed of two foundational components of Christian instruction (Bible Education and Lutheran Doctrine.) Confirmands can begin in either Year A or Year B but will need to complete both years. Last year we taught Bible Education. This year we will teach Lutheran Doctrine.
- Year A - Bible Education (Old Testament and New Testament).
- Year B - Lutheran Doctrine/Luther’s Small Catechism.
Enrollment is not automatic. Families will need to opt-in.
- While no one is ever perfectly “ready” for the full level of commitment worthy of Jesus, we do want parents and students to discuss together their readiness and willingness to embark on this journey.
- Different people become ready and willing at different points in life, and that’s okay. For example, you and your child may determine that they are ready to begin instruction in 5th grade. Alternatively, you may want to delay until 7th grade.
This year we are implementing a flipped classroom model of instruction.
- Utilizing videos for the flipped classroom, confirmands will view a video for the lesson on their own prior to class, and we will use more of our time together for more interactive discussion. Each video will also have a corresponding quiz for accountability purposes.
Opting-In includes a Covenantal Agreement about expectations, such as:
- Weekly Sunday worship as a family.
- We understand that vacations and illnesses happen, but worship attendance and Christian discipleship should be the norm, not the exception.
First Communion will take place later in the second year of instruction.
- For example, Youth Confirmands who start instruction in 5th grade could receive Holy Communion by the end of 6th grade. This will allow our younger brothers and sisters in Christ to receive the gifts of God sooner.
Confirmands will be eligible for the Rite of Confirmation after the following:
- Completion of both Year A (Bible Education) and Year B (Lutheran Doctrine).
- Completion of the written Statement of Faith assignment.
- A meeting with the pastors.
Catechesis (Christian instruction) is still a part of St. John’s school curriculum, but Youth Confirmation will be outside of parochial schoolwork.
- Religion class will continue to be a part of the daily curriculum, and pastors will continue to lead the instruction for 7th and 8th grade students. However, formal Youth Confirmation instruction will occur on Sunday mornings.
We look forward to walking with your family as Jesus leads us through this part of our discipleship journey together! We will keep you updated as we receive responses and finalize plans.
In Jesus’ love and service,
Pastor Troy and Pastor Luke