Confirmation

Confirmation at St. Paul Lutheran – Ann Arbor

Are you checking out this page because you have a Middle School son or daughter? If so, it’s an exciting for you and your child to go on this faith journey together! Check out the information below so you can see what Confirmation at St. Paul is all about.

At St. Paul, students receive Confirmation instruction during their 7th to 8th years.  Any student, regardless of whether his or her parents are members of St. Paul or not are welcome to receive Confirmation instruction at St. Paul.

Confirmation is a significant spiritual rite in which a person publicly confirms the faith given to them in their baptism. Our Confirmation Program is designed to encounter their faith through worship, education, relationships, and service. Students who wish to participate in the Confirmation rite must complete the following minimum requirements*:

Basic Knowledge & Faith in God’s Word

Bible Study

2 Additional Events or Activities

A Commitment to Faith 5 as a Family

Personal Devotions

Memory Work Completed

Worship Service Hours

75% Worship Attendance

Statement of Faith

*We are more than willing to work with you on an individual basis. If you have a unique situation that prohibits you from completing all the requirements, please reach out! DCE Kathy Duvendeck would be more than happy to work with you to create a program that works for you.

Basic Knowledge & Faith in God's Word
Students will learn about the basics of God’s Word by studying the 10 Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and teachings on Baptism, Confession and the Lord’s Supper. Additionally, students will discuss issues concerning their faith and life, challenges they will face to Christianity, the truths that we learn about God from His Word. The goal is not that the students receive head knowledge, but the desire is that these truths become the faith of their hearts. Students at St. Paul Lutheran School will receive instruction on weekday mornings, and students in public/private/home schools will receive instruction on Wednesday evenings during the school year.
Bible Study
During the school year, our Middle School and High School Youth Group currently meets on Sunday mornings for Bible Study . Each meeting includes games, activities, large group, and small group time. Each year the curriculum will rotate between Old Testament, New Testament, and Life Application. Check out the C4 Schedule here.
Additional Events and Activities
Additional events and activities may include First Communion instruction, retreats, Youth Gatherings, late night events, group outings, and mission opportunities. Activities are always communicated through email and posted on the website.
Faith 5
Faith 5 is shorthand for a time for parents and students to chat about their life experiences over dinner, in the car, or anytime throughout the week.  The simple outline of Share, Read, Talk, Pray, Bless is meant to be an easy way for families to have faith conversations everyday.  Share your highs and lows of the day, Read from God’s Word, Talk about how God’s Word speaks to your day/life, Pray with and for one another, and Bless each other.  Pastor Roggow and Kathy Duvendeck will be giving you ideas, suggestions and resources to use to incorporate Faith 5 into your family’s daily life.
Memory Work
Memory work will be worked on and completed in your homes.  You can complete the required memory work anytime over the two years of Confirmation instruction. Memorizing God’s Word is meant to be a tool that your child can use and return to throughout their lives. As you memorize these passages with your child, you also have the opportunity to discuss different faith topics together. Pastor Roggow and Mrs. Duvendeck will help you track your child’s progress.
Worship Related Service
Students may serve in any way that fits their unique abilities including, but not limited to: Ushering, Acolyting, Greeting, Reading, Singing/Playing Music, Serving on a Family Worship Team or Volunteering at a Nursing Home. Families will be asked to indicate which area(s) of service their child will participate in at the beginning of each school year.
Worship
Students are encouraged to worship at St. Paul Lutheran every week. To be Confirmed, students are encouraged to have 75% worship attendance.
Statement of Faith
Confirmation is all about going public with your faith and acknowledging that you are part of a larger Body of Christ. Prior to the Confirmation Rite, students will prepare a statement that expresses their faith or faith story. These statements will be read publicly at the Statement of Faith night, the Friday prior to Confirmation Sunday.

Locations

Downtown Ann Arbor:
St. Paul Lutheran Church
420 W. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

St. Paul Early Childhood Center
420 W. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

St. Paul School – Main Campus:
495 Earhart Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Worship Times

Downtown Ann Arbor:
Saturdays @ 6:30pm
Sundays @ 8 & 10:45am

St. Paul School – Main Campus:
Sundays @ 9:15am

 

Questions about Confirmation? - Contact Pastor Roggow!

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