What is "confirmation?"
Many Lutherans are baptized as infants, and their parents make promises for them:
When children "affirm their baptism," that is, choose to make these promises for themselves, we celebrate their coming of age with the service for Affirmation of Baptism, also called Confirmation. In this service, they make promises of their own:
Confirmation is a life-long process. Throughout our entire lives, we are constantly learning new things about our faith, the Bible and God, and growing in deeper relationship with God and one another. One important step in this process is the Affirmation of Baptism. At Our Redeemer's, young women and men participate in our confirmation classes during their 7th, 8th and 9th grade years. They may affirm their baptism after these classes have been successfully completed.
Why do we do confirmation at Our Redeemer's?
All of us have deep, sometimes unsettling questions about God: Why does God allow suffering? Does God care if I'm in church? How do we know that the Bible is correct?
Confirmation is the process through which we engage these questions as a community. The faith of our neighbors helps us build and shape our own faith, and vice versa. God is here to walk alongside all of us as a community, not just as individuals. Confirmation helps us accompany one another along the way, engaging these hard questions, so that whether or not we find answers, we know that we are not alone.
Lutherans do not consider confirmation a sacrament like the Roman Catholic Church does. Nevertheless, confirmation is an important part of a Christian's life. All Christians are called to deepen their faith and relationship with God. This begins as soon as our parents begin singing "Jesus Loves Me" to us in our cradles and doesn't stop until we are commended to God's care at our funerals. Confirmation is not just for children, but for all God's people.
Requirements for Confirmation
In order to be confirmed at Our Redeemer's, candidates must complete the following criteria:
Mandatory - these things must be completed in order to be confirmed.