Confirmation is an important step in our faith journey. Through confirmation we become full members of a congregation, a body of faith with responsibilities of serving and decision making.
Confirmation is an affirmation of our baptismal promises. It is a way to fulfill the promises made by the congregation, the parents and the godparents to help children become faithful and loving Christian disciples.
St. Mark follows a two year long curriculum. The class is led by our pastor and lay leaders. We use a combination of different teaching resources and experiences, including:
* Martin Luther’s Small Catechism
* Bible (each student receives a Bible at the start of the program)
* Discipleship: How to talk about Faith with others
* Movie nights with thought-provoking discussions
* Workshops and field visits to diverse faith communities
* Prayer workshops to explore different forms of prayer
* Cooking together
Martin Luther’s “Small Catechism” includes explanations and scripture references of the basics of Christian faith: the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, the sacraments of Baptism and Communion, and Confession and Absolution.
“Hear We Stand” is a Lutheran based confirmation curriculum that includes a year of Old Testament, a year of New Testament and a year of the Small Catechism.
“Collaborate” is a Lutheran “hands-on investigative learning that leads to deep engagement, a curriculum that offers Lutheran doctrine combined with thought-provoking questions, surprising insights, and punchy graphics thanks to the theologians, practitioners, and artists who developed it.”
The confirmation program includes participation in confirmation classes as well as engagement in Sunday worship services.
We invite members as mentors to guide young people on their faith formation.
Parents, godparents and all family members are all important part of faith formation. They will be the first source for our children and youth to learn about faith and discipleship. We ask that they would commit to support their child by studying with them, praying with and for them and engaging in activities.