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Middle School Fall Retreat: Unplugged
Confirmation Starts September 13th, 2015. 6th Graders meet in the second floor youth chapel. We are looking forward to getting to know our newest members of Student Ministry through lessons and experiences designed just for them. You must register your student for confirmation.
We are so excited to begin a new season of Confirmation with the incoming 6th graders! Some big and exciting changes have been made to the structure of Confirmation at St. Luke's over the past few years, and we hope you will take a few minutes and read all about them here.
The new confirmation registration packet can be found here.
Here are some FAQ's about the new program:
When will conﬁrmation take place?
6th grade: Sunday mornings in the fall in the youth chapel and during the fall retreat.
7th grade: Field trips, including church visits and group service activities and Disciple Now retreat. Here is the 7th grade confirmation schedule.
8th grade: Sunday mornings in the spring and the spring "Breakthru" Retreat.
Why are we doing this?
This new program is a result of years of feedback from both parents and leaders. The consensus is that many sixth-graders don't possess the maturity needed to fully understand conﬁrmation. However, our team recognized that the 6th grade year is an extremely valuable window of opportunity to connect the 6th-grade students to other students, the church and the St. Luke’s community. The Journey is designed to create an experience that is always age appropriate and always meaningful.
Who designed this program?
This plan was developed over several years by committed parents, student ministry staﬀ and volunteers who have prayerfully considered how we could better prepare our young people for a lifelong faith journey.
What is our hope for this new program design?
It is our hope that
1) students will be able to make an informed and conscious choice to trust in Jesus.
2) students will experience their faith as a journey and not a one time event.
3) students will develop deep and lasting relationships with other students and adults.
4) students will feel a deep sense of belonging with this church community.
Families are so busy already. Will this take up more time?
This new system is designed to be more manageable for busy families. The conﬁrmation activities that we have always done in one very busy year are now spread among three years.
What about the trips?
Retreats will continue to be an important component of connecting students in the life of the ministry. We recommend students continue to participate in as many trips as possible. However, we have designated a ‘focus’ trip for each year that aligns with the theme of that year.
When does my student become a member of St. Luke’s?
At the end of their 8th-grade year.
What about Cross Dedication?
There will be a special cross dedication ceremony on December 13 at 12:20 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This will be an important ‘rite of passage’ as the 6th-graders complete the ﬁrst part of their conﬁrmation journey.
What will happen with my student in between formal conﬁrmation programs?
Student Ministry programming will continue throughout middle school. We encourage students to join one of our small group Bible studies, experience our retreats, and bring a friend to one of our monthly Sunday Night Momentums. On Sunday Mornings when students are not in conﬁrmation they will meet in the attic.