What is confirmation?
Confirmation is the culmination of a process by which individuals (usually in their teenage years) come to learn more about the faith of the church and make public profession of their faith through the rite of “Affirmation of Baptism.”
Martin Luther notes in Luther’s Small Catechism: “Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community. [It] provides opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God’s promises given in Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith . . .”
How do you prepare for confirmation?
At Wicker Park Lutheran Church, confirmands follow a two-year curriculum of study that includes looking at the basics of Luther’s Small Catechism, exploring the Bible, and digging into the complex questions of our faith. Confirmands are also required to complete a service project with fellow classmates.
What’s an appropriate age to begin?
Students typically begin confirmation studies around seventh grade. Since our Christian faith requires confirmands to be able to think abstractly, parents should consider this skill in assessing whether their child is ready, or if he/she might benefit by waiting a bit longer to begin confirmation studies. One possible way to determine if a student is ready may be to look at whether he/she understands basic algebra or pre-algebra.
How to get started:
If you or your child is ready to embark on this incredible, interesting, and interactive study of the Scriptures, the Lutheran faith, and Christianity, please contact Pastor Jason (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.