Growing Continually In Faith with Confirmation Classes
Midweek Classes for Middle School Youth and Parents | Wednesday Evenings at 6:45 pm
A Word From Pastor Mech
Dear and Trusted Parents,
One of the most sacred tasks our Lord calls us to as parents is that of bringing our children up in the fear and knowledge of the Lord. With no end of nonsense available on the internet, this generation can easily be misled into strange and fanciful ideas of who God is, what God offers, and what He asks of us. When that happens, people of all ages start to order their choices and aspirations by what they want, what seems desirable to them, without regard to what our Creator has said or our Lord has taught. It’s an old temptation; just ask Eve.
Thanks be to God that Immanuel has provided sound Biblical teaching for every age and level of maturity. I am writing to you today to feature perhaps the most concentrated such study your child will undertake: Mid-week Confirmation classes.
The rapid pace of change in today’s world guarantees that effective application of the Word of God to everyday life and decisions will be more intense than in quieter, simpler times.
The Catechism I learned from was about 225 pages long. I was confirmed in 1967. When I started teaching Confirmation 19 years later, we were using the same Catechism I had learned from, but with a different cover. The edition I taught from for years topped 300 pages, and the one we hand out today is well over 400! Of course, we do have 2 years to get through it. (The 6th Grade classes use other materials.)
[Listed below] is a tentative Confirmation Schedule with topics specific to the 7th and 8th Graders. You are welcome and encouraged to attend with your child.
The 6th Graders will meet on alternating Wednesdays in the Youth Center, where classes will be led by DCE Jason Glaskey and members of the Youth Ministry Team. I have the privilege of teaching the 7th and 8th Graders, meeting weekly in the Fellowship Hall. We certainly hope to see you there.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Mech
Confirmation Day for 8th Graders will be Sunday, May 2nd. (NOTE: Although not on the schedule, we hope to host a special celebration meal on the Friday evening before Confirmation Day for our 8th graders and their families.)
Midweek Confirmation FAQs
- When and where do the classes meet? Midweek Classes meet on Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:45 to 8:00 pm. Pastor Mech’s 7/8 class is in the Church Fellowship Hall. The Grade 6 class generally meets every other week with DCE Jason Glaskey in the Youth Center.
- Are parents required to attend the classes? Parents are encouraged to attend class with their grades 7/8 children. Your support and presence communicates to your child that their faith development is important to you. Parent participation enhances the learning too.
- What will students be learning in class? Sixth graders and their parents will be following an overview of the Bible, building familiarity with major themes and basic Bible knowledge and skills. Pastor Mech’s 7/8 class uses Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation and the Bible to guide learners through a 2-year journey through the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism and the basic teachings of the Christian Faith.
- The Ten Commandments
- The Creed
- The Lord’s Prayer
- The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
- The Sacrament of the Altar
- What do students need for class? 7/8 Confirmation students should bring a Bible, Catechism, and something to write with to class each week. Bibles and Catechisms are provided by the church. Looking to the class schedule, students should come to class with memory work prepared.
- Isn’t Wednesday evening Youth Meal Night too? Yes, it is. Youth in grades 6-12 and their friends are invited to come to the Immanuel Youth Center beginning at 5:45 pm for the Youth Meal.
- Students will eat supper, actively connect with friends, and receive a devotional thought that launches them into their Confirmation classes at 6:45 pm. While grades 7/8 meet their parents for class, high schoolers stay in the Youth Center for their Bible Study (trading weeks with the 6th graders during COVID-19). The evening ends for everyone at 8:00 pm.
- What about weather? Does class ever get canceled? Occasionally, weather will prevent us from meeting. As a rule, if Immanuel’s Martin Luther School is canceled for the day, we will not meet that evening for Midweek Classes or Youth Group. If weather is threatening later in the afternoon, check the local TV stations. If it’s dangerous to drive, we encourage you to be safe rather than sorry.
- You can also sign up for Immanuel Youth updates on your phone by using the Remind App. Click this link to get started. https://www.remind.com/join/joplinuth
- What about Confirmation Day for 8th Graders? Confirmation Day is held on the first Sunday of May at the 10:30 am worship service. On the Friday before, confirmands and their families enjoy a banquet hosted by the Elders, located at the church. Eighth graders present their Confirmation Banners and give short speeches explaining their banner, confirmation verse, and what faith means to them.
Stay informed! Sign up for Immanuel Youth Updates on your phone by using the Remind App. Click this link to get started. https://www.remind.com/join/joplinuth
Confirmation Schedule 2020/21
In the schedule below, memory work is in standard font, while topics are italicized.
- 09/30 (None) What is confirmation? Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer; Holy Baptism
- 10/07 The 1st Petition of the Lord’s Prayer and its meaning – Overview of Worship
- 10/14 The 2nd Petition and its meaning – Overview of the Word of God
- 10/21 The 3rd Petition and its meaning – Overview of the Ten Commandments
- 10/28 The 4th Petition and its meaning – Overview of the Creeds
- 11/04 The 5th Petition and its meaning – Overview of Confession
- 11/11 The 6th Petition and its meaning – Overview of the Lord’s Supper
- 11/18 The 7th Petition and its meaning – Overview of Last Things
- Take a break for Advent and Christmas…
- 01/06 The First, Second and Third Commandments and their meanings
- 01/13 The Fourth and Fifth Commandments and their meanings
- 01/20 The Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Commandments and their meanings
- 01/24 The Ninth and Tenth Commandments and their meanings
- 02/03 The First Article of the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning
- 02/10 (none) God’s Creation and Preservation of the World
- Take a break for Lent and Easter…
- 04/14 The Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning
- 04/21 (none) God’s Redemption of the People of this World
- 04/28 The Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed and its meaning
- 05/02 Confirmation Sunday