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Confirmation

Welcome to Zion’s Confirmation Program!

As you may be aware, some considerable changes were made in our Confirmation Program for the 2016-2017 school year. We have been evaluating the success of these changes and decided it is important to further adjust the Confirmation Program for the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited to implement these modifications and we are looking forward to you being an integral part of it.

To begin, as we look at Scripture, we find that God’s intent is for the parents to be the primary faith educators for their children. Martin Luther felt so strongly about this that he wrote the Small Catechism.

We believe that the ministry of the church in this context is to prepare, encourage, and support our parents to fulfill this God ordained commission. We recognize that we fell short in this regard last year and we sincerely ask for your forgiveness. This is critical area that we hope to significantly improve on this year and in the years ahead. It is a work in progress and we ask for your patience and your creativity.

This year, we are planning monthly “Boot Camps” to help better prepare our parents as they pass on the faith to their children. These Boot Camps which are intended for parents, will be held at church in Ministry Room A and are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. At this time, the parents will receive resources and direction on how to work through the material for the coming month. As we develop these resources, we will also post them below in the Resource List section of this page for your convenience.

During the same time period on the other Tuesdays of the month, help will be available at church for parents and children who find particular topics to be a bit more challenging. We also hope to use this time to check in with parents via phone or e-mail to receive feedback on how the confirmation process is going.

We are currently putting together our schedule for Tuesday evening Boot Camps and will post this schedule below to help you determine which classes you and your child might want to attend.

In the years ahead, we plan to work with younger families in teaching faith at home. We hope this will develop confidence in our parents over a period of years so the confirmation process will simply become a natural step in lifelong faith development.

We look forward to working with you and walking with you on this journey of faith.