Confirmation is our Wednesday night, Peace Juniors youth group, open to all students in 7th & 8th grade. Those attending Confirmation desiring to become confirmed members in the Lutheran Church can apply to become Confirmation Students the beginning of their 7th grade year, which entails additional accountability and responsibilities as they participate in our Confirmation youth group. When Confirmation students complete their two years of confirmation, they make a public confession of their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. For more details, check out our 2018-2020 PJ Confirmation Manual.
Parent/Student PJ Confirmation Kickoff: September 4 at 6PM (come at 5:30PM for dinner for a dollar!) – We meet at Peace!
In short, confirmation is for any 7th or 8th grader! While there are those going through the PJ Confirmation with the intention of confirming their faith, PJ Confirmation is also our Wednesday night junior high youth group. Whether your 7th or 8th grader desires to be confirmed or not, they are still welcome to come grow in their walk with Jesus, connect with other believers their own age, and connect with adult, Christian mentors as they learn to live out their faith in our culture.
PJ Confirmation meets as part of Connections on Wednesday evenings, September – April, 5:20 – 7:00PM. The 90 minutes includes a meal, fellowship, bible study, small group discussion, and service. The meal, starting at 5:20 and ending at 5:50PM, is an optional fellowship time. We ask a $1 donation for this meal to cover costs.
PJ Confirmation Kickoff is held for students and their parents each September, the first day of PJ Confirmation. We explain the process in greater detail and answer any questions before students being their first session of the year.
The Rite of Confirmation is the last full weekend in October of the PJ Confirmation student’s 9th grade year. In other words, the weekend of Reformation Sunday! It includes handing in their Statement of Faith projects and a celebration banquet on Saturday. On Sunday, students present their Statement of Faith projects in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15AM, then go through the Rite of Confirmation during the 10:30AM worship service.
Luther’s Small Catechism, a book written by Martin Luther as an instructional piece for families to use to explain the Christian faith as taught in the Bible. It is the main text year one of confirmation, with the Bible as the primary focus for the second year. As a gift, Peace Lutheran provides a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism to each 7th grade student.
At Peace we generally use the New International Version (NIV) Bible and the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. These are the Bibles you find in our classrooms and pews, and are the translations you see in our hymnals, catechism, and the translation we read in worship.
The leaders of confirmation are our Senior Pastor and our Director of Student Ministry. Small group mentors also facilitate discussion in small groups to dig deeper into the topic of the night. These mentors are adults of the congregation who enjoy middle school age students and discussing spiritual things with them. Our Director of Student Ministry and our Senior Pastor are also responsible for administering our entire confirmation program.
Questions about confirmation at Peace can be directed to our Director of Student Ministries or any one of the pastors by phoning the church office, 303-424-4454.