Confirmation at Emmanuel
Jesus commissioned the work of the Church when He said to His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” According to the words of Christ, Baptizing and teaching are always connected and are both essential components of Christian discipleship. These words from Jesus also guide our approach to confirmation.
Emmanuel’s confirmation ministry is designed to help baptized Christians publicly confirm their baptismal vows and identify with the life and mission of the Christian community through Biblical teaching. Confirmation is typically celebrated with a public rite during a worship service.
Adults who are new to Emmanuel and to the Lutheran tradition receive training that leads to confirmation through a Sunday morning Bible class entitled Lutheran Christianity. This weekly class is repeated several times during the year.
Youth confirmation at Emmanuel is a three-year program for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. All classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 from the Sunday after Labor Day until the Sunday before Memorial Day.
Our sixth-grade confirmation class explores Martin Luther’s Small Catechism by connecting its teachings to Bible stories that illustrate and apply Christian doctrine.
Confirmation in grade seven is structured around topics that help students apply Bible teachings to their lives as believers. Some topics covered during the seventh-grade year are Reformation history, vocation, relationships, forgiveness, stewardship, and the history of Emmanuel.
During the eighth-grade year, students and at least one of their parents are required to attend confirmation class together as our pastors lead an in-depth exploration of Luther’s Small Catechism. Our youth confirmation program culminates with the rite of confirmation for our eighth grade students on the first Sunday in May.
CLASSROOMS (8th grade confirmation is held in the lower level of Ebenezer Hall; all other classes are held in the school.)
GRADE 6 • Rooms 201 and 202 (Upper Level, School)
GRADE 7 • Rooms 3 and 4 (Lower Level, School)
GRADE 8 • Lower Level of Ebenezer Hall