Confirmation, or Affirmation of Baptism, is an opportunity for young people to reaffirm the Baptismal promises made on their behalf by parents, godparents and the congregation. Confirmation gives young people an opportunity to reinforce their beliefs in God’s love, which empowers them to serve others.
Classes, which meet on Wednesday nights at church, traditionally start in sixth grade, with Confirmation in eighth grade. The classes put Bible lessons and Church history in context, focusing on their relevance for our growth as Christians in a modern world. Our curriculum makes use of multimedia, music, books and activities to engage and interest young people–even employing clips of popular films as catalysts for discussion. This intentional classroom work helps the youth to learn how God loves God’s creation.
As part of the Confirmation process, young people take part in discipleship activities, both at Shepherd of the Hills and within the greater church. Youth may serve as acolytes for worship, office assistants for mass mailings, gathering and distributing food for the Sparta Ecumenical council Food Pantry or serving a Saturday meal at the Faith Kitchen in Dover. These activities allow the youth to experience the command to “love” one another as I have loved you.”