Growing in Faith, Service, and Community
We love connecting faith, service, and fun as we learn and grow together! Confirmation meets Wednesday nights in Fellowship Hall for 7th and 8th graders as we prepare the youth to affirm the promises of baptism in the spring of 8th grade.
We support the youth in caring small groups as they grow in faith, with groups of 4-6 youth and two adults. The small groups learn together during large group time and break into small groups to discuss and apply the lesson in their lives as they practice the FAITH5: Share highs and lows, Read the night’s scripture, Talk about how the scripture applies to their highs and lows, Pray for one another and extend a Blessing. We utilize a two-year rotation, focusing on Lutheran Life and Luther and the Small Catechism utilizing Faith Inkubators Head to Heart curriculum.
In Confirmation youth participate in the life of the church and are formed in faith through learning, experiencing God at work in the world, and experiencing God incarnate in one another. We ask parents to partner with us in walking beside your youth and modeling a life of faith.
Service and Fellowship
Five times a year we break from our usual classroom routine for nights of Service and Fellowship which “give legs to” this experience of living out a life of faith. Service and Fellowship nights have included hosting individuals supported by Mosaic; visiting our elders at Kennybrook Village to play BINGO, roast marshmallows, bake Christmas cookies or otherwise share in Fellowship; Visiting our homebound member, Jessie May Perdue, to hear her incredible faith story; participating in Random Acts of Kindness in the community; meeting with Pastor Mark to learn about his call story; learning about our partnership with our companion parish in Myamba, Tanzania and raising funds to purchase confirmation supplies; learning about our food pantry and collecting food items for donation.
CFUM Supper Club
Confirmation students prepare and serve a meal at the Children and Family Urban Movement Supper Club once each year in their small groups. Confirmation includes this project because the faith we nurture during our confirmation sessions simply will not become a practical outgrowth of life without concrete experiences of God’s love out in the world.
The confirmation experience at St. Peter includes fall and winter/spring retreat experiences to set aside dedicated time away from the demands of our busy lives to concentrate solely on building relationships and exploring our identity as beloved Children of God. In an increasingly connected world, this can seem nearly impossible. However, we as adults know with unfortunate experience the toll taken on a life constantly “plugged in” to technology, sports, activities, and social circles. Jesus and his disciples took time away to reflect and renew and establish the bonds of relationship, and we aim to do so also.