Middle School & High School

CONFIRMATION (Middle School Youth)

Our confirmation program begins in 7th Grade and focuses on preparing students to affirm the promises that were made by their parents and sponsors when they were baptized. The Confirmation program is designed to create opportunities for interaction and fellowship as well as learning and service.  Small Group Guides are utilized to become a part of each youth’s Faith Web.

  • Courses focus on the foundations of the ELCA faith:  the Bible; Luther’s Small Catechism; and worship and prayer.
  • A capstone faith statement project, which allows the student to tell the story of his or her faith development, as well as his or her plans to continue to grow in faith in the future.
  • In addition to confirmation, middle school students are encouraged to attend Sugar Creek Bible Camp’s Confirmation Camp the summer before their 7th grade year.
  • Periodic fellowship and service events at the church and off-site are an additional piece of the confirmation experience.

Confirmation typically meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm until 8:00pm from the first Wednesday after Sunday School starts until the end of May.  Pastor Paul and Jen take turns leading the class and small group guides help guide conversation that takes the youth through the FAITH5 and helps apply what they’ve learned to their daily life.  If you are interested in being a small group guide, please let either Pastor Paul or Jen know.

Learning doesn’t end during the summer.  The summer before 7th grade, youth are encouraged to attend Confirmation Camp at Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, WI.  Camperships are available to help offset the cost of camp if that is too much of a drain on family finances.  The youth engage in all aspects of camp with the exception of Bible Study.  Instead of having their counselor lead them through the Bible study time, Jen spends time getting to know the youth, assessing their current knowledge, and engaging in activities.

The summer between 7th and 8th grade, families engage in six conversations that are designed to help each other learn more about the faith of their parents and share struggles they may have.  Each of the six lessons has a small assignment that is reported to Jen through the Remind App.

The summer between 8th and 9th grade involves six lessons again, but this time they are designed for a youth to engage in with an adult mentor.

During the summer between 9th and 10th grade, youth will meet with Jen to work on their capstone project – their Faith Statement.  This is a time when youth will be searching through family photographs for memories of baptism, communion, Sunday school, camp, volunteering at church, and any other moments that contributed to their faith formation.  They also will choose a Bible verse that resonates with them.  The writing component will consist of how they plan to keep the promises they will confirm at their Affirmation of Baptism:

live among God’s faithful people;

hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper;

proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed;

serve all people following the example of Jesus; and

strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

Youth are confirmed on Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday in October, of their 10th grade year.

If you are interested in being a part of the St. John’s Confirmation program, or for more information about confirmation and middle school programs, please contact Pastor Paul Markquart or Jen Kooistra, Director of Youth, Family and Education Ministries.  Registration includes a form that both the youth and adults fill out.  We also require your profile to be up-to-date in our online church community.  Details can be found in the middle of the Youth General Information page.

 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH

High School Youth returned this summer from the ELCA’s triennial Youth Gathering.  It was held in Houston, TX at the end of June 2018.  We will meet monthly to view the speakers’ videos from the Gathering and engage in conversation about them.  ALL high school youth are invited to join us.  Dates/times will be posted soon.