A Ministry of Grace in the Heart of Andover

Own Your Faith

OYF-logo-redWhat is Own Your Faith?

Confirmation is a big part of the Lutheran tradition. Own Your Faith is the final phase of our process for Confirmation. It is designed for high school freshmen and is the next step in your spiritual journey. If you have followed the typical path in the Lutheran Church then you have already passed through several milestones in your spiritual journey. When you were a baby your parents brought you to the baptismal font and made a promise to God and the congregation. They promised to raise you in a Christian home, teach you to pray and read the scriptures. They brought you to SONday school where you learned the stories of the Bible. During middle school they brought you to catechism where you learned about the Bible, the 10 Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments.

Your parents did their part to the best of their ability. Now it’s your turn. In a sense, you have been “borrowing” your parents’ faith while you’ve been a child. Now that you are entering high school it is time for you to step back from it all and ask yourself a very important question, “Is this really MY faith?” “Do I really believe this, or is this just something my parents wanted me to do?

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During your freshman year we want you to do three things:

1. Push back and ask the big questions.

When you stand up at Confirmation you will tell the world, Yes, I affirm (agree to) the promises made at my 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.” The question you have to ask yourself is, “do I understand this, and do I mean it?”

In order to help you answer those questions you will partner with a trusted and caring adult (your mentor) with whom you can really talk. This is your chance to examine what you believe closely and get some genuine one-on-one time.

2. Get Connected.

We ask all of our OYF students to choose a community at Grace and get involved.  This could be singing in the choir, taking an adult education class, joining us for donuts and worship on Sunday mornings, teaching Sunday School, one of our mission teams (youth mission trip, Grace to Raki, Grace to Haiti etc.) or several other options.

3. Prepare for Confirmation Sunday.

There are four parts to the actual event of Confirmation:

  • a retreat in April 29, 2017
  • an interview and sharing your faith project with Pastor Mark, Kristi, or Tom scheduled between May 1 and May 15, 2017
  • the rehearsal dinner on May 20, 2017;
  • and the big day — Confirmation Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Welcome!

This truly is an exciting year for you and your family. We hope that you encounter God in a deep and significant way as you move through this journey. Please know that the Youth Ministry staff is here to assist you, encourage you, and pray with you every step of the way.

Helpful Links

Interview Questions

Confirmation Letter

Confirmation Checklist

Bible Verse Suggestion

Confirmation Registration

Interview Sign Up

 

Questions?  Please contact:

Kristi Larson – Director of Youth and Family Ministries

 | 763-421-6520 x.100

Tom Baker – Coordinator of Youth Ministries

 | 763-421-6520 x.123