Confirmation in the Lutheran Church is a public profession of faith. It is called “affirmation of baptism” and is a mature and public reaffirmation of the promises that parents, sponsors, and congregation made for them at their baptism. At their affirmation of baptism, confirmands are asked to make this promise for themselves: “…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.”
The process of preparing to affirm these promises includes classes and increased involvement in congregational life. The end goal is to prepare youth to boldly and confidently make these promises, affirm their baptisms, and continue to live out their faith in the church. St. Philip’s youth participate in small group activities and learning during their grade 6 through grade 8 years. Youth will be confirmed during the fall of their grade 9 year. Requirements and expectations for Confirmation are important to guide and form the youth into active members of our congregation. Each program year consists of roughly 30 weeks.