Confirmation at Immanuel is a time in our students’ lives when they have the opportunity to work through the Bible in 5th and 6th grade and then through the Catechism in 7th and 8th grade in a deeper and more detailed way. This isn’t simply an academic exercise for the sake of knowledge, but an opportunity to study our Christian faith and how it all fits together as we live our lives. We live in a culture where the Bible and the Christian faith are often put to the side and seen as something to do apart from day-to-day life when it is exactly Scripture and our Christian faith that shape who we are and why we do what we do.
In Confirmation students do not study hard so they can cross a finish line called “Confirmation”. Instead, they study Scripture and the doctrines of Christianity to better understand the foundation of who they are as Christians in the world. They confirm what happened in their baptism as they were brought as children redeemed by the blood of Christ into the kingdom of God. Confirmation is not the end of the story, but the beginning of their lives as adults in the church as they begin to receive Christ’s body and blood with all of the saints in Holy Communion.
Of course, teaching Scripture and the basics of the Christian faith for four years is not the end of the road. We heavily rely on parents to model the Christian faith to their children as they attend church and Bible study, and as they encourage their children in the Christian faith. Confirmation is not intended to simply be a church custom, but a time of formation to continue living and growing in our Christian faith for the rest of our lives. If parents desire to attend classes with their students beyond the required attendance at the first class, we highly encourage it so the whole family can be encouraged each week through the study of our Christian faith.
Be sure to check out the Midweek packet for this year’s confirmation requirements.
If you have any questions, you can always feel free to contact us for additional information.