Middle School & Confirmation

youthministryMiddle School & Confirmation Ministry

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 self-paced and individual and includes:

  • Courses foundational to the Christian faith on the Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, and the Christian life that all students are required to take.
  • An emphasis on short elective courses, which students choose based on individual interests and schedule. These courses are taught by both pastors and lay leaders of the congregation, allowing students to have a variety of mentors in faith.An emphasis on worship leadership and service to the neighbor.
  • 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 invited to other events just for them, including:
    Annual weekend retreats and summer camp.
  • Periodic fellowship and service events at the church and off-site.

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 Jennifer Kooistra, Director of Youth, Family and Education Ministries.



Confirmation meets on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year from 6:30-8pm. A portion of that time is led by Pastor Paul and Jen and a portion will be spent in small groups. If you are interested in being a small group leader for confirmation, let Jen know.


Youth who are in Confirmation should attend Lenten service on Wednesday and then gather in the Friendship Room after service. Class on February 28th will include a special activity.  Youth will be dismissed at their normal 8pm end time.

High School Youth:

ALL HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH are invited to the synod’s Rise Up Nights on Sundays, from 6-8pm.

2016-2017 Confirmation Handbook


Confirmation Registration 2016-2017


Confirmation SignUpGenius Fall 2016


Youth Activities Parental Consent & Medical Release Form