Middle school and Confirmation


Middle school and confirmation: grades 6-8

ff WritingHandBible 1Confirmation Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a three year ministry program for youth in grades 6, 7 and 8. Over the three years, they will study the Ten Commandments, the Apostle's Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Old and New Testaments of scripture and cover topics relevant to living a life of faith in current times. Students meet on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings throughout the school year. Additionally, each Confirmation Student is assigned an adult Mentor who walks alongside them for the entire three year period. The Rite of Affirmation of Baptism is traditionally celebrated in worship at the end of the 8th grade year for those who wish to affirm their faith.


Confirmation 2017/18

ff ms girls3Confirmation classes for our 6th–8th graders will start in September. We will again be using the re:form curriculum. Pastor Peterson and Bob Lee will be teaching the Wednesday night class, which which deals with Jesus, other beliefs, and tough questions. Deaconess Sarah Loberg and Deaconess Kristen Baltrum will be leading the Sunday morning class, which will cover the Bible, the Creed, and Discipleship. 

  • Confirmation Orientation: Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. We will go over the calendar year, talk about curriculum and expectations and answer any questions. This is for parents, grandparents and confirmands.
  • First Sunday Class: Sunday, September 10, 9:15–10:10 a.m. in the Youth Room
  • First Wednesday Class: Wednesday, September 13, 7:00–8:00 p.m. in the Youth Room
  • Plans are in place for another full year of Confirmation ministry for our sixth through eighth graders. 

Confirmation Ministry at Bethlehem also includes two retreats, our Mentor Ministry, service projects and fellowship events.


2017/18 Mentor Ministry

The Mentor Ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a cross-generation ministry in which one adult in the congregation is assigned to one confirmation student. This adult agrees to pray for that student daily, contact them weekly and get together monthly. Monthly events are coordinated by Deaconess Kristen. Additional times of getting together outside of programed activities are on student-mentor basis and agreed on by the student's parents. The Mentor ideally walks alongside the student for the entire three years of the student's time in the Confirmation Ministry. The relationship that is formed continues beyond those three years in a natural way. Additional information on activities is found below.



Upcoming events


Mentor Ministry: 

Our March mentor ministry activity is a tour of Ahlberg’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory on March 18, 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. We will gain an interesting perspective on what exactly happens after a loved one dies. How do we care for them and us? Together, we will walk through the process from death to burial. As we look toward the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday, we will surround the experience in caring conversation where all questions are good questions. We will depart from BLC in the church bus at 11:15 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Please pack a sack lunch to eat on the way or eat before you come! RSVP to Deaconess Sarah Loberg.



2018 ELCA Youth Gathering: June 27–July 1

Calling all parents of students who are entering grades 8–12 this fall! YOU are the eligible students for the ELCA Youth Gathering 2018 in Houston, Texas! The dates of the event are June 27–July 1, 2018, plus travel days on either end. This event has been a rich tradition of BLC's youth ministry and transformational in the lives of many of our youth who are now young adults. Contact Deaconess Kristen Baltrum (303-817-5482) for more information.


Meeting for ELCA Youth Gathering

Youth who are attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer will be meeting to keep building our community and learn about what we will be discovering in Houston! Please make it a point to be at these meetings! This meeting will be at BLC on March 11, 11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.



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