The confirmation program at Immanuel is designed for students in 7th and 8th grade.
Confirmation is a time of continued learning and growth. The Lord tells us that our wisdom is folly but His wisdom is to be sought after. In confimration we study what the wisdom of God is and how the beliefs of the Lutheran Chruch are based on the wisdom of God.
There are many things that your child is learning right now: math, science, history, etc. We feel that most importantly your child needs to learn about the grace of God found in Christ, that what we believe is based on the faith produced in us, and what this means for our life.
Confirmation is a time where your child will learn many of the following things:
Who the great Biblical men and women of faith are. . .
Church history from the Old and New Testament. . .
What the Lutheran Church believes. . .
What God's work is in our life. . .
What God calls us to do in response to the faith we have. . .
What it means to be part of the church. . .
How we as Christians are to deal with what happens in our life.
We take this instruction seriously because this instruction is about the salvation that is only found in Christ Jesus and His Word. As this is a major milestone in your child's life we continue to seek new and better ways to help teach your child these truths of the faith and apply them to their everyday life.
Please note that we use a two-year cycle whereby the 1st and 2nd year students are mixed and go through the same material each year. Opposite years are structured around the Scriptures and Luther's Catechism.
Confirmaiton is a reaffirmation fo the promise that God made to you in baptism. It is through baptism that God claimed you, and now it is through confirmation we speak back that vow and receive a further gift – the body and blood of Christ. Please also note by completing confirmation you further develop your journey of discipleship with the Lord and you become a communicant member of the LCMS. Confirmation is not a "requirement" of salvation. Confirmation is a rite of the church body at Immanuel.