Confirmation

Confirmation at Immanuel provides the opportunity for youth to explore what it means to be a Christian, a Lutheran and a member of a local church. Through confirmation our youth will learn much about their faith and will be able to ask questions to help them better understand the life of faith God is calling them to. This is their chance to develop their own understanding of their faith and beliefs independently. The confirmation program is designed for students to start as early as 6th grade, is three and a quarter years in duration, and includes the following:

Weekly Classes

Classes are held during the school day for students attending Immanuel Day School, while classes for students attending an area public school are offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

First year studies are based on study of scripture.  Second year studies are based on Luther’s Small Catechism and scripture.  Third year studies work to combine both of the previous years and focus on how it will play out in students’ lives as they live in an increasingly diverse community and world.

The Journey meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30am – 10:30am.  This class is focused on students’ personal faith stories; what they are, how they are shared, and how they live them out daily.

Worship

Youth are expected to attend Sunday worship, Advent worship, and Lenten worship.  Worship reports will be gathered throughout the year from services attended by the students.

Fall Retreat

Each fall students in their second and third years go to camp for a weekend of team building and an introduction to what they will be studying in the coming year.  This year’s retreat will take place September 9th-11th at YMCA Camp Duncan in Volo.

Journey Workshop

At the end of each summer, students who have completed their three years of study will have a one day retreat to begin exploring and expounding on their personal faith stories.  This retreat will be held the Sunday after school begins from 12noon-6pm at a local forest preserve.

End of the Year

Each spring, our Third Year Confirmands have the opportunity to share about their faith with the congregation at our witnessing service which is held at 6pm on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.

Third year confirmands receive communion for the first time the following week, on Maundy Thursday of their third year, after a short refresher study about the practice of holy communion.

Students who have completed the Journey will be confirmed on Reformation Sunday in the fall.