General Confirmation Information

 

Jesus said to make disciples "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you..." (Matthew 28.19-20).

Making disciples begins with our baptism and follows on through with teaching God's word. This begins at home with parents and continues at our church with Sunday Youth Bible Study, Worship Services, and Midweek Bible Studies.

Tuesday Evening Bible History Classes 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level

We have a class for third and fourth grades and for fifth and sixth grades. In these classes we focus on the basic Bible stories of the Old and New Testaments. For more information contact Carol Walther.

Tuesday Evening 7th and 8th Grade Catechism 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level

This class prepares students for Confirmation and participation in Holy Communion. This class focuses on the main teachings of the Bible using Martin Luther's Small Catechism.  Teachers: Pastor Walther, Pastor Adle

7th and 8th Grade Bible Class at Good Shepherd Lutheran School

This is the same as above. These classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. 

Materials:   

Third through Sixth Grades use Bibles and workbooks. Seventh and eighth grades use Bibles and Luther's Small Catechism. The can be purchased at church or in the school.                    

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Sermon Notes:

We like to say that the Catechism class really begins on Sunday. Everything we teach is connected to Christian worship. An important part of our learning process is to learn what is going on in worship. To help with this we require our students to take sermon notes. Students who are unable to attend worship may take notes from the online sermons. Directions for taking sermon notes.

Learning By Heart:

God encourages us to learn His word by heart (Psalm 119.11). This is a great help to our living by faith. But it also has other benefits as memorization trains the mind.  We encourage you to set aside a little time each day for Learning by Heart.  See Learning by Heart verses below.

Parent's Role:

We urge parents to work with their children in this vitally important aspect of their lives. Please help them with their Learning by Heart, Sermon Notes, and other homework. Especially pray for and with your children about the blessings God has given to us in Jesus and the goodness we have in following Him.

Members of Other Churches Who Attend Our School:

At this age students often ask very challenging questions. They can be especially sensitive to the differences in the teachings of different churches.  If there are things taught in this class that you don’t understand or have questions about, don’t hesitate to email or call the teacher.

You know by now the classes at Good Shepherd are thoroughly Lutheran.  We also hope you know that we are respectful of those who differ with our beliefs.  “Respect” means that we will not ridicule or falsely characterize anyone’s beliefs.  We are also careful to show the good that can be found in all religions.

However, sometimes we do have to say that we disagree with a certain teaching.  This can cause tension in a young person’s heart.  There’s no way to avoid this.  We all have to wrestle with these things sooner or later.  If there are doctrinal differences, our advice is to talk about them with your children.  Explain what you believe and show them why.  Talk to your pastor or with the teacher for more clarification.  We do have a series of classes which cover the same teaching for adults. You’re welcome to attend at anytime.

Important Dates:

Practice for Profession of Faith Service, Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Confirmation Profession of Faith Service, Friday, April 24th, 2020 7:00 p.m. (Pictures 6:00 p.m.)

Junior Confirmation, Sunday, April 26th, 2020 12:00 noon

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