Confirmation instruction at Spruce Run Lutheran is a two-year program offered to young people in grades 7 and 8. The first year instruction centers on the Bible. The second-year instruction covers Lutheran church history and Luther’s Small Catechism. The classes are held on Sunday mornings at 9:00-10:00 AM during the regular Sunday School session.
At a child’s baptism, the parents and godparents promise to nurture the child in the faith. Specifically, they promise to faithfully bring the child to the services of God’s house, teach the child the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in the child’s hands the Holy Scriptures, and provide for the child’s instruction in the Christian faith. (LBW, Holy Baptism, p.121) Confirmation instruction helps baptized young persons to assume those responsibilities for themselves so they will become responsible young adults in the congregation, committed to the mission and ministry of the Church.
Young people who are enrolled in the program are expected to meet the basic requirements of worship attendance. They are also required to participate in various activities in the life of the congregation. As is often stated at the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, the day on which the young people are confirmed, “Confirmation is not graduation from church!”