We believe baptism is central to a Christian's calling. In Holy Baptism, the Holy Spirit calls us as children of God to be disciples of Christ. As part of the ongoing faith development of Christian life and discipleship, our Confirmation ministry begins in the 4th grade and culminates in October of the 10th grade year with the Affirmation of Baptism service. But it doesn't end there. We encourage all of our members to continue with the development of their faith through active service in worship, mission projects, Bible study and other activities in the life of Concordia.
The Confirmation program itself can be broken down into these areas of focus:
4th Grade - Worship. For 6 sessions in the fall, students learn about the Church year, the church building and the Sunday worship service we call the liturgy.
5th Grade - First Communion. Meeting on Saturdays in September or October, students learn about the Sacrament of Holy Communion and begin preparations for receiving it for the first time, usually in October.
6th Grade - Prayer & Daily Life. This section meets for 6 sessions during the late fall and students learn about different types of prayer, the Lord's Prayer, the Psalms and ways of incorporating prayer of all kinds into daily life.
7th Grade - Know your Bible. While meeting from January through May, students study a variety of Bible stories, some well-known and others more obscure, learning how to read a Bible story and how to interpret it for their own lives.
8th & 9th Grade - Luther's Small Catechism. The 8th and 9th grade years are the most intense of the Confirmation process, meeting for full years between September and May. Study is done on the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion.
All of the classes meet on Wednesdays except the 5th grade first Communion classes, which gather on Saturdays.