2017-18 Ignite Confirmation Registration for 7th & 8th Graders

Why do we do this?

Confirmation ministry at Faith Lutheran is one of the most important elements of our faith formation program.

Students in 7th, 8th and 9th Grade are on the edge of independence. They are ready to think for themselves and learn and absorb the lessons of the Bible, to evaluate and experience how God is with each and everyone of them in everyday life.

Living Faithful Lives

Confirmation is not an ending of the faith-forming process, nor is it a graduation. Rather the day on which each young person is confirmed is a send off to lives of more grown up faith.

In the spring of their 9th Grade year, these young people will stand in front of their Faith Lutheran family to publicly “take ownership” of their own faith. Each of the young people is supported on this journey of faith in personal and trusted relationships. Each will experience caring conversation and faith talk with their parents, peers, Small Group guide, their mentor and church staff.

It is our intent to make Ignite as meaningful and memorable for 7th, 8th & 9th grade students as we can.  This spring, we’ve done lots of evaluating and planning.  We take our role very seriously.  Faith Lutheran partners with parents in the formation of the faith for our children.  We need to reach them where they are.  We guide them as they explore faith in personal and trusted relationships. Using the Bible, technology, games and active learning activities, each week’s meeting will be a new adventure.


Orientation for Students and Parent
is Wednesday September 13, 2017 @ 7:00pm

First night of Large Group and Small Groups
is Wednesday September 20, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Child Participant Information

Important Details
 
Enter grade for 2017-18 School Year.
Church Member? *

Household Contact Information

Relationship to participant: *
 

Baptism Information

Confirmation is an extension of the baptism celebration.  Children can be enrolled in Confirmation without being baptized, but they must be baptized before the completion of the confirmation program.
If yes, complete information below.  Otherwise, contact the church office for more information on baptism. 

First Communion Info

First Communion is one of the sacraments that we celebrate in the Lutheran Church. Students can be enrolled in Confirmation without having had First Communion instruction, but they must complete a First Communion class before the completion of the Ignite Confirmation program.

(Seventh Grade Only) Small Group Information

Mentor Contact Information

Mentoring is a time-honored way of passing faith down from one to another. A mentor is a wise and trusted teacher/counselor. Ignite Confirmation at Faith includes this faith tradition which is designed to enhance a young person's faith by having intentional discussion of faith with a Christian adult who is typically not the student's primary caregiver.
 
For Ignite students, a mentor should be someone who meets the following criteria:
1) Chosen by the student and approved by the parent.
2) At least 25 years of age
3) An active Christian; any church
4) Is willing to be influential in the life of a young person.
5) Mentors should be someone from Faith Lutheran Church, preferably.
 
This could be a new experience for students. Parents are encouraged to work with the student choosing a mentor. Remember, it is the students responsibility to invite the adult into the mentoring relationship with them.
 
Throughout the year, mentors and students will need to meet for at least one service project and three more times for prepared sessions that explore faith and life. Each session may be done with other mentors and students, over dinner, or any way that best nurtures the relationship.
 
A Mentor Handbook and Lessons will be supplied to mentors. This will be available on-line by Aug 1.
 
Below: Please provide the name of an influential adult who will serve as your child's mentor. 

Contact the Youth Minister for more information on mentors.
Do you have an idea of who will serve as your child's mentor? *
If "yes," please complete information below.

Parent Volunteer Roles

The parent’s role in faith formation must not be overlooked.  Studies have proven that the influence of a parent is the most present and important influence. Whether we like it or not parents, our children are watching us and taking their cues from us.

Faith is seeking volunteers to lead and guide these students along their journey of faith.  Volunteers will be trained and supported. The time spent in small groups will follow a similar pattern each week.  Small Group Guides and students, together, will come to know what to expect and how to relate to one another. Each small group will become a “Faith family” - a group of church friends that grows and learns together. Our goal will be to have groups of six - eight kids with at least two-deep leadership. Meaning that there should be two adult leaders for each small group. Invite your friends to assit you!

With this, the list of parents for each group will be the substitute list for that small group.

Parents are encouraged to take turns in spending quality time with their student’s small group. In fact, two nights are designated as Parents & Popcorn Nights. This will be a time for parents, students and Small Group Guides to connect by discussing the theme for the night, sharing stories, snacking on popcorn, playing a game and more.

If you cannot be a Small Group Guide, there are plenty of other opportunities. We at Faith, expect that each parent will support the Small Group Guides, their students and the church. There are plenty of other opportunites in which you can do this. 

Game leaders, musicians, snack providers, drivers, service project helpers, special project leader/assistant and so much more!

Please let us know how you can help out this next year. 

If you are unable to be a Small Group Guide, in what other areas could you be able to assist with Confirmation?

Questions about IGNITE Confirmation?

Email: youthminister@waconiafaithlutheran.com
952-442-2101 x111
http://www.waconiafaithlutheran.com/

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