Rally Sunday — September 12
9:00 am Worship – Back to School Backpack Blessing & Bible Presentation
Attend the worship on September 12! Bring your backpack for a special blessing for the new school year and if you don’t have a confirmation Bible, you can receive one that day.
- PARENTS! Call the church office to let us know if your young person is attending confirmation with Gethsemane for the first time this year! We want to make sure we have enough confirmation Bibles for all!
Download the 2021-2022 Confirmation Registration Form HERE
Following worship: Ministry Fair – sign up to help with worship by camera operating or acolyting, being a Sunday School teen guide, and other ways to live out your faith at church!
Confirmation sessions will be held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Our first session is Orientation on September 15. Confirmation students and at least one parent must attend!
Confirmation sessions run from September to May with breaks during Christmas and Lent. Students are expected to attend Wednesday evening worships during Lent.
Confirmation will not be held on the following dates:
- Oct 20 – MEA week
- Nov 24 – Thanksgiving week
- Dec 22 & 29 – Christmas
- Jan 5 – New Years
- Apr 13 & 20 – Holy Week, Easter
We follow the Faith Inkubators: Head to the Heart curriculum. This year (2021-22) our focus is on The Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed. These two topics are foundational to our faith and will help our young people dig deep into what they believe!
How it works…
Confirmation sessions follow the Faith5™ model of Share, Read, Talk, Pray, Bless. We begin with an introductory activity, followed by a lesson on the topic, led by Pastor Amy, which includes Bible readings and real life applications. Then, youth have small group time with an adult guide to share about their lives and discuss the topic of the night. Finally, we end with announcements, prayer, and a blessing.
At least once a month, we also have special service or "hot topic" sessions in which students take part in a service project or learn about a special issue which can be informed by their faith. (Examples of these include: writing encouraging notes to homebound members, singing Christmas carols at local nursing homes, packing care packages, doing work projects around the church, learning about mental health, talking about suicide risk and prevention.)
Students are also asked to attend worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings (Advent/Lent) and complete at least 12 Worship Notes.
We also ask that students complete 12 hours of service in the church or community. This helps our youth find ways to live out their faith in real, tangible ways and find ministries in the church that connect with their gifts and interests.
NEMN Synod Middle School Gathering
November 19-20 OR 20-21 Cragun’s Resort, Brainerd
Mark your calendars for this fun weekend! For more details, go to nemnsynod.org/middle-school-gathering
<<Please also scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom of that page to read their statement on Covid considerations.>>
Confirmation Rite - the final steps
10th graders who have completed at least 2 years of confirmation sessions and requirements are given the opportunity to cap off their Confirmation experience with a public Affirmation of Baptism.
These young people complete a Statement of Faith paper or project that explains or shows what they believe about God and the role of faith in their life at this point. They also decorate a white confirmation stole with symbols of their faith and personality, which they wear on the day of their Confirmation to symbolize the responsibility of nurturing and forming one's own faith, as opposed to being primarily guided by parents and baptismal sponsors (godparents).
The Confirmation Rite - known as the Affirmation of Baptism - happens each year on Reformation Sunday and includes each person affirming the following statement in the presence of the congregation:Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
Confirmand's response: “I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.”