“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”1 John 4:12
Our youth are not the future of the church – They are the church!
At First Lutheran we provide many opportunities for youth to come together not only with each other but also with others in our church community. Faith grows through relationships with others. Our hope is that all the activities that we do build relationships with the faithful and help youth grow in to healthy adults.
Confirmation/ Middle School (7th-9th)
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a man-made practice or “rite” in which a person publicly admits (or “professes”) his/her faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Confirmation at FLRB is a 3 year program usually starting in 7th grade with youth being confirmed in June of their 9th grade year. Confirmation focuses on the learning of important Bible stories, aspects of the Christian faith such as prayer, service and learning about what makes us unique as Lutherans including the small Catechism. The confirmation program is a time where youth learn about and explore their faith so that they can stand in front of the congregation and proclaim their faith. At the end of confirmation they are considered full members of the church.
Confirmation as Part of Faith Formation
Discipleship – Discipleship is the practice of digging into the Scripture and spiritual practices that Jesus taught us.
Confirmation instruction – Through zoom or in person (once that is possible) Youth should not miss more than ¼ of classes in a regular year that is about 8 classes a year. Class time still TBD for fall of 2021.
Fellowship – God created us to be in relationship, a key part of our faith are the friendships that we have with others.
Youth Group – The friendships and bonds that are created in youth group are just as important in faith development. So much of the things that we learn that stick are ones that are tied to experiences. Youth Group is a time where youth experience God’s love and grace. Youth group will be at 7:00pm on Wednesdays.
Worship – Worship is a verb it is part of what we do. It is an active part of our faith.
Worship notes – Worship is a verb it is part of what we do. It is an active part of our faith. Worship notes are designed to help students are expected to attend Church Services. Students should strive to be in worship each week to that end, students are expected to turn in worship notes for each year. Notes must be fully filled out. Worship note will be filled out on google forms.
Service – God loves us and therefore we love others. We show our love for God through our love for others.
Outreach Projects / Service hours – Youth will be expected to complete service hours each year. Service hours cannot be fundraisers. Service hours can be done with the youth group or outside of church. Service hours include: Hospitality teams, vbs, mission trips, service events and more. Youth will need to fill out a form in order to keep track of the service hours.
7th Grade – 5 Service Hours
8th Grade– 10 Service Hours
9th Grade– 15 Service Hours
Total: 30 Service Hours
Other Confirmation Expectations:
- Personal Creed Statement of faith – Every year of confirmation students will write a faith statement. This statement will be based on their experiences and knowledge of faith and God. The last year of confirmation they will read all or a portion of this during the service.
- Retreats – Most years there is both a fall and spring retreat. Youth should plan on attending both. However this year there may not be any. We may try to find an alternative. The spring retreat is where we put a lot of time into faith statements and planning the confirmation service.
- Confirmation Worship Service – Each year the youth in confirmation are expected to help plan and lead this service.
- Mission Trips – There is so much faith development that happens organically on mission trips that just can not be replicated in anyway. Every youth should strive to attend at least one mission trip. We offer a trip to Tillamook OR to work with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations.
High School Youth Group
High school youth group consists of games, service projects, worship, and small group bible study. Activities that we have done in the past include, Fear factor night, Family Feud, bowling, ice skating, Pump it up, photo scavenger hunts, making blankets for Children’s hospital, and much more. At the end of each night the youth break into small groups, read a bible passage, and have a discussion that is either relevant to the activity they just participated in our something going on in the world or at church. This is a great time for youth to continue to have a place in the congregation that is theirs.
Mission trips / Youth events
Each summer, both the middle school and the high school youth have opportunities to participate in a mission trip. The middle school youth serve somewhere in our region. The high school youth alternate between a mission trip within the USA and one out of the country.
Throughout the year, all the youth have opportunities to participate in youth events. These events range from retreats and a “lock-in” sponsored by our church, to events put on by other organizations. These events offer opportunities for the youth to bond with each other, with the adult sponsors, and with other Christian youth.