At Bethlehem, Confirmation is an opportunity for our youth (typically 7th-9th graders) to learn more about what it means to be Lutheran, what it means to be a believing Christian, what it means to live out our discipleship, and what it means to take personal responsibility for the promises that parents make when we are baptized.
Through a mixture of games, learning, and discipleship experiences, our youth learn what it means to be an active disciple in the world today, and choose for themselves if that is something that they want to do.
In an effort to deepen relationships with kids gathering from different schools, our confirmation education takes place in a retreat model. Twice a year all confirmands gather for retreats where they learn and grow together. These retreat dates, chosen by parents each fall become a highlight of the year for our confirmation students.
Does worship really matter?
We believe at Bethlehem worshipping is a part of how we offer praise to God, hear the Word spoken aloud, and are fed at the table. In this time of pandemic, we still believe that worship is important, and encourage confirmation families to worship together however that might look in these days.
Student are encouraged to fill out worship notes, which can be found here.
What does discipleship look like?
We believe at Bethlehem that part of being a disciple means that we are active in helping lead worship. caring and serving others, and learning all along the way.
Students are encouraged to "do discipleship" throughout their time both in Confirmation and after they are confirmed. Confirmation students are encouraged to record what they do for discipleship by filling out the form found here.