The South Canyon Lutheran Church confirmation program will encourage life-long discipleship by helping students experience the Christian life and explore the intersection of faith and the world alongside family members and other adult mentors.
6th-8th Grade "classes"
Worship is an important piece of Christian living and, thus, it is an important component of the confirmation program. Worship immediately precedes classes (6:00-6:40) and students will, occasionally, have leadership responsibilities in that service, but you are, of course, invited to attend any of South Canyon’s services (Sat. 5:30pm, Sun. 8:00 and 10:30).
We know that families are, by far, the greatest influence on the faith of their children. Thus, parental involvement is essential to effective faith formation and is an important part of the SCLC confirmation program. Generally, twice per month confirmation gatherings will take place in the fellowship and will involve all 6th-8th graders and their families. In the first gathering the monthly project will be introduced. In the second, after families have had an opportunity to complete the project, families will discuss their experience with other families. Projects will tend to be community-based, focusing on the intersection of faith and the world.
For two weeks in the fall and two weeks in the spring, classes will spend their time learning about and preparing for leadership in our Wednesday worship service. Students will learn the “why” behind different parts in our service and explore the connections between worship, Lutheran theology, and their lives in the world.
“Confirm not Conform” Curriculum
We will draw on this curriculum for the more traditional “teaching” piece of the SCLC confirmation program. Learning will take place through every component of the program with parents, pastors, and peers all serving as “teachers,” but once per month students will learn from a designated teacher following this confirmation curriculum.
In addition to learning about God, the Church, and the world, we hope to equip students with spiritual practices that will allow them to develop a vibrant, personal, spiritual life by exposing them to various forms of prayer, meditation, and Biblical reading. Once per month students will be introduced to a new spiritual practice.
9th graders preparing to make their Affirmation of Baptism (i.e. confirmation) are paired with a faith mentor who will serve as a personal guide throughout the year. Regular gatherings will guide the mentor and mentee through a process of exploring students' personal beliefs. 9th graders are encouraged to participate in the Wednesday night high school youth group that will offer a space to continue growing in faith after the Affirmation of Baptism.
Students make their Affirmation of Baptism in the fall (Reformation Sunday) of their 10th grade year. Final preparations include preparing and sharing a "faith statement" with the congregation in worship.