Confirmation is a two year process starting in seventh grade. The first year we do an in depth study of the Six chief parts of Luthers Small Catechism. The second year we look how we apply our chrisitan faith to our life through a variety of diffrent topics. Confirmation takes place during the eighth grade year the sunday before Thanksgiving but confirmands are expected to attend class until the end of May.
Confirmation is not graduation, but is part of a lifelong learning in faith in which every member of St. John’s is called to even after they are confirmed. 33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. (Psalm 119:33 ESV)
Confirmation is an opportunity for confirmands to take communion together to be mutually encouraged in the faith to each other while in confirmation class.
11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you-- 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12 ESV)
Confirmation depends upon parents (with support from the pastor) teaching their children about the faith we have in Jesus as they model taking communion with them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
That the children of St. John’s will grow in faith and that their understanding of the presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in communion is part of their whole life, as a forgiven baptized Child of God.
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. (2John 1:4 ESV)