7/8th Grade Confirmation Plan:
7/8th grades will meet on most Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:30 PM. We have a two-year, rotational set of materials in place. Year A is Old Testament and New Testament. Year B, in place for 2016-2017, covers the life and legacy of Martin Luther, Luther’s Small Catechism (overviews of Baptism, Communion, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments), as well as the basics of Lutheran worship and tradition. We will be following a curriculum developed by Faith Inkubator called “Head to the Heart.” These materials, along with various fellowship and service projects, will help us present a well-rounded ministry and instruction plan for our 7th and 8th grade learners.
7/8th Grade Confirmation Outcomes:
Building on the biblical knowledge that each learner has acquired in the Sunday School years, by the end of the 8th grade year, Confirmands will have been exposed to major Old Testament characters and their stories, the deep connections of God to God’s people, and how the Old Testament ultimately points to Jesus. New Testament study will introduce learners to the main characters in the life of the early church as well as how the church began and spread. Confirmands will also explore at the life and legacy of Martin Luther, as well as Luther’s Small Catechism and the basics of Lutheran worship. The goal at the end of the 7/8th grade years is to have challenged Confirmands to dig deeper into the Bible, the legacy of Luther, and Lutheran doctrine to not only to know what these stories and concepts are, but why they are all a part of the Lutheran Confirmation experience, and how they connect to present life and the faith journey of each Confirmand.
Trinity’s confirmation program lasts 3 years, beginning in 7th grade and ending in the spring of 9th grade. Every student is placed in a small group with an adult leader in the fall of 7th grade. These small groups remain the same until the end of confirmation. On a typical Wednesday night, students gather at 6:15 p.m. for large group teaching, and then break off into their small groups to have discussion about the topic for that night. Confirmation ends at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Thanks to the 80 7th & 8th graders and group leaders who gathered at Andersen Headquarters in Oak Park Heights on Nov. 4 to pack 23,328 meals for those in need! Meals will be placed in local food pantries in western Wisconsin, Stillwater, St. Paul, and other eastern Minnesota communities in association with Ruby’s Pantry. Nice job everyone!
30 Hour Famine: This event takes place in February and is a chance to learn about hunger issues around the Twin Cities and the world. It also incorporates a ton of fun, worship, and collaboration with other churches in the St. Croix Valley.
Summer Stretch: This event takes place on Wednesdays in early summer. Students engage in service projects around the Twin Cities during the morning and then participate in fun activities during the afternoon!
Luther Dell: For one week Trinity’s 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend camp in Remer, MN. The week is filled with awesome worships, Bible studies, games, and fun!
Service Projects: Usher on Sunday mornings, serve communion, pack meals for Mano Amiga, serve at the Lutefisk Dinner, serve dinner at Loaves and Fishes – the possibilities are endless. Most service projects are coordinated with small groups, but families can participate too!
Small group leaders are key to the outcomes of our confirmation program! Leaders arrive at Trinity at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday nights to check-in and go over the plan for that evening. They are a guide, mentor, and teacher to their small-group members for the duration of the Confirmation program. Training, content, and support are provided throughout the year.
If you’re interested in becoming a small group leader, please email Monty Lysne or call him at 651.439.7400 ext. 324.
Confirmation is a whole-family experience. The faith life of every member of your family will grow during this three-year experience. Your young adult will grow a faith foundation that they can build on for a lifetime, and you will be refreshed in your faith walk as well.
As a helpful reminder of the value of this experience, we ask that you as a family consider and agree to the following covenant. A covenant is a simple agreement (and a Biblical concept) that helps us in our life together by outlining expectations and commitments.
We understand that, in order to make this a positive faith experience for our whole family, we will commit to:
• Discuss faith in our homes, relating to the confirmation learning and experiences, using weekly emails as a resource.
• Share spiritual practices as a family
• Worship regularly as a family
• Support our confirmation young adults in their service projects, and joining with them when appropriate
• Support our young adults’ small group and small group leader when asked (and even when not asked)
• Help our confirmation young adult to be timely, respectful, and safe in their participation
• Hold our confirmation student, their leaders and peers in prayer