The sacrament of Confirmation gives adolescents and adults the opportunity to make a mature confession of faith in the God made known in Jesus Christ. At St. Mark’s, preparation for Confirmation takes places during the winter months, as participants meet together to learn about God, faith, and the church; share stories from their own lives; and get to know an adult mentors, picked especially for each person in the class.
God’s Story, My Story
In fall 2018, the Confirmation class is using Pastor Adam’s curriculum titled God’s Story, My Story. This program pairs topical teaching with personal story-sharing, as a way to connect, as the name suggests, the vast compendium of God’s movement in creation with the lives of each of God’s beloved people. Along with sharing during class, participants have the opportunity to share one-on-one with adult mentors. This element is crucial, as it offers a spiritual role-model other than parents for youths to connect with at church.
Here is our curriculum for fall 2018. All classes meet 11:45am to 1pm (lunch provided). The class is open to 9th and 10th graders.
Breaking our preconceptions about Jesus as a way to start fresh.
“Let Me See Some I.D.”
Figuring out the current pieces of our identities.
“The Library of the Bible”
Learning what the Bible is – and what it is not.
October 7th: No Class, Columbus Day Weekend
“Bread, Wine, Water, Light”
Capturing the sacred in the ordinary.
“Worship is Life”
Patterning our daily lives using the lessons we learn in worship.
“Calling to You”
Praying as a way to strengthen our relationships with God.
Asking what is belief and how does it shape us.
November 11th: No Class, Veterans Day Weekend
“To Love and Serve”
Partnering with God in mission is why we’re alive.
November 25th: No Class, Thanksgiving Weekend
Giving of ourselves and our resources keeps us in right relationship.
Imagining how we will be telling God’s story in our lives 15 years from now.