Our Middle School years are those students who are seventh and eighth-graders. These are the Confirmation years for most of our students. It is a time when the learners begin to grasp symbolic and metaphorical truths; they start to grasp the Divine as an ethereal reality.
Confirmation is also known as “Affirmation of Baptism.” Students are at an age and understanding they can study the Scriptures, and Christian and Lutheran theology. The goal is for them to study the tenets of the Christian faith, learn different prayer practices, and learn how to study the Holy Bible. At the end of their two years of learning, they have a recital where they share their knowledge with the congregation, then write their statement of faith to read during the worship service in which they are confirmed.
The Wednesday coursework alternates every year. One year focuses on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism and its basic teachings of Christianity; the other year teaches the students about the Bible. They study the types of books within the Bible, learn how to use concordances, Bible dictionaries, and Bible handbooks so they can do their own in-depth study of the Sacred Word.
Classes for Confirmation are held twice a month on Wednesday evenings and on Sunday mornings during the school year. The requirements expected to be completed to be confirmed include:
- Regular attendance at Wednesday and Sunday classes
- Twenty-three worship service notes completed each of the two years
- Six service projects each year
- Memorize twelve Bible verses
- Memorize the Ten Commandments
- Memorize the Lord’s Prayers
- Memorize the Apostles’ Creed
- Attend Confirmation Camp at Camp Carol Joy Holing
When the requirements have been completed, the students have a recital for the congregation between worship services, then are confirmed at the 11:00 worship the following week.