Each year on Reformation Sunday (the last Sunday in October), a group of your gather and affirm their baptism in Christ in the presence of their brothers and sisters in Christ.
When a child is baptized, their parents or guardians make promises on their behalf to raise them in the Church and teach them the faith. The Affirmation of Baptism, or Confirmation, is a time when a person acknowledges those promises and declares their intention to be responsible for their faith journey. They also become full members of the congregation.
A baptized Christian can affirm their baptism in the assembly at any stage in life. At Hope, this typically takes place in 9th grade after two years of preparation. One year is devoted to learning about the Bible, and the other is about Lutheran Christianity. In the final year, 9th graders meet with the Pastors and prepare Faith Statements where they talk about their faith life – how it has been built, when it has been challenging, and where they hope it will go. By the time of Confirmation, a Confirmand will have studied:
- The Bible
- The 10 Commandments
- The Creed
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Worship (including the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion)
- Living as Lutheran Christians
If you are interested in Confirmation, please contact the parish office by phone number (724-776-3141) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the Confirmation process.
Those in Confirmation are asked to serve as acolytes, and are invited to participate in the life of the congregation in other ways. Check out the links below for more information:
Center for Lutheran Pride
Luther’s Small Catechism
Online Youth Forum
In Confirmation, we affirm:
the covenant God made with [us] in holy baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
– ELW Affirmation of Baptism