Our Philosophy of Confirmation:Trinity firmly believes that parents are the primary faith teachers. Our responsibility is to support you as you raise your children to know and love Jesus. Because of the Biblical command, we expect that you will be an active part of the Confirmation process.
Confirmation is a man-made practice or “rite” in which a person publicly admits (or “professes”) his/her faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We pray that this is a special and meaningful milestone in the lives of our young people.
Does my child have to be confirmed?Confirmation is not required in the Bible, but it is an important part of our Lutheran heritage. Confirmation is
- a voluntary act
- a connection to the people of the congregational and synod
- a public recognition that the Confirmand has studied the Bible and the doctrine of the Lutheran church
- a public proclamation that the Confirmand believe and trust in Jesus as their Savior from sins
Frequently Asked QuestionsDATE: Youth Confirmation is held the FIRST SATURDAY in May at 1 pm. Typically that is during the 8th grade year when a person has completed the education and requirements to be confirmed. Students need to arrive by 12:30 pm, and families can be seated at that time.
WORSHIP SERVICE: The Confirmation worship is typically 1.5 to 2 hours long depending upon the size of the class. This is a special event and we keep it moving, but we also want every family to enjoy the personal experience of blessing and praying for their child.
ROBES: Youth will need to purchase or borrow a robe for the service. There are a limited supply available to borrow on a “first come, first served” basis.”
PHOTOS: Each year a professional photographer comes to take individual pictures of the class members. The photographer provides a robe and flower for the photo, and there is no cost for the sitting. Families may purchase photos if they choose. The pictures are taken the LAST WEDNESDAY of January in the year a student will be confirmed. Day school students can have photos taken during their study hall, while Midweek students can have photos taken before their evening class. Families are welcome to take photos before and after the service.
FLOWERS: Trinity Lutheran Church will provide a red carnation corsage for each Confirmand. Parents are welcome to put those on prior to the worship service, or a teacher will help the students.
BIBLE VERSES: Students select their own Confirmation verse, so we strongly encourage parents to begin conversations early to help them choose a meaningful and appropriate verse. Verses must be approved.
SPECIAL NEEDS: We understand that no two students learn in the same way. We also understand that you know your child best. Please communicate specific concerns about learning issues because we will work with every student to make necessary and appropriate modifications to help them be successful in the program.
General Student RequirementsAll students will…
1. Need to have been baptized in a Christian church
2. Have regular faithful church attendance. (75% minimum, as indicated by “We Care Card” participation)
3. Successfully complete their course of study including memory work, and class assignments
4. Complete a confirmation portfolio documenting their outside activities
- Acolyting a minimum of 9 times in 6-8th grades. Acolyte service is counted by a signed worship folder. We recommend that a student serves 3 times per year for grade 6, 7, and 8.
- Service hours from helping one of the various ministries around Trinity or the community. The MINIMUM service requirements are 2 different times of service for at least 2 hours each for BOTH grade 7 and grade 8. (A total of 4 hours per year.) Service projects are a great family activity!
- Retreats: Students in grades 7 and 8 will do one retreat each year. There are a variety of experiences that will count as a retreat and these will be posted in the Evangelist and the website. Examples are a family trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, the Michigan District Junior High Youth gathering held in Frankenmuth each June, or the Believe Conference held in Holland MI each April.
- Confirmation Interview: Students will need to complete an interview with a Pastor or Confirmation Coordinator, an elder, and their parents during the spring of their Confirmation year.
- Confirmation Application: Students in grade 8 will need to apply for Confirmation by completing a special form. This will be due with their selected Bible verse early in the 8th grade year.
How does a young person get confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church?
- Students in grades 5-8 who do not attend Trinity Lutheran School have a special weekly class that meets on Wednesday evenings from September through the first week of May. Class time is generally from 6:30-8:30 pm
- Students in Trinity Lutheran School participate in religious studies that can culminate in the Rite of Confirmation, but it is not a school requirement.