Middle school and Confirmation

No Sunday School or Confirmation classes on Sunday, February 19.


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 2016-2017

ff ms girls3Confirmation classes for our 6th–8th graders will start in September. We will again be using the colaborate curriculum. Pastor Peterson and Bob Lee will be teaching the Wednesday night class, which will cover the New Testament. Sarah Loberg and Deaconess Kristen Baltrum will be leading the Sunday morning class, "Lutheran Living."

  • Confirmation Orientation: Wednesday, September 7, 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 11, 9:15–10:10 a.m. in the Youth Room
  • First Wednesday Class: Wednesday, September 14, 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. 

The Sparkhouse curriculum colaborate challenges students to think theologically and ask deep questions about the Bible, Lutheran history and their lives as people of faith. These adolescent years often mark a new phase in their faith formation, one in which they start thinking about what they believe and why they believe it. We want to be a part of this formative time.


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


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

ELCA Youth Gathering Informational Meeting: August 20

Sunday, August 20 at 11:30 a.m.: 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. We will be registering on September 15. This means we need to get you some information! Please plan on attending our no-commitment, informational meeting on August 20 to have all of your questions answered. This event has been a rich tradition of BLC's youth ministry, not to mention transformational in the lives of many of our youth who are now young adults. At this meeting, we will cover registration, adult leadership, event content, transportation, and dates for fundraising, etc. Our registration/paperwork meeting will be September 10 at 11:30 a.m. Contact Deaconess Kristen with any questions.


Middle and Senior High Day at Water World: August 7

Monday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.: Come join in on the soaking wet fun at the water park! If we get 15 people to sign up, tickets are only $25, with the option to add an awesome, all-you-can-eat-all-day, amazing, and totally-worth-it buffet for an additional $15. So, sign up, sign your friends up, and let's go remember our baptisms! HARD DEADLINE for sign-up is August 5 by 5:00 p.m. Contact Deaconess Kristen with any questions.


Middle and Senior High Day at Elitch Gardens: July 17

Monday, July 17, 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.: A super fun day of water slides and roller coasters! We will leave the BLC parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return by 9:00 p.m. (leaving the park at 8 p.m.). Pack a lunch for tailgating. Bring extra money ($15-$20) for snacks and drinks in the park and dinner together. If we can get a group of 15, tickets are only $20, so recruit your friends and RSVP to Deaconess Kristen no later than July 15! Also, let DK know if you'd like to use the money in your account to pay for your ticket.


Confirmation Camp: incoming 6th–outgoing 8th graders!

Confirmation Intensive Camp at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp is June 25–30, 2017. This year, our theme will be "Jesus: The Passion" where we will experience Jesus' life, ministry, trials, death, and resurrection in a way only possible at camp. We are "Saved to Serve" so there will also be an afternoon of service at the camp. This is the second year in a three-year cycle (the other years are "The Exodus" and "The Early Church"). Deaconess Kristen will be taking the group up the mountain on Sunday and staying there until mid-week—when Pastor Mark will arrive and complete the week with the group. He will bring them down the mountain back to BLC.

Confirmation Intensive Camp is open to incoming 5th–8th graders. The cost is $425 before April 1 (BLC deadline). BLC will cover $100 of that cost, after you turn in the participant release form (available from Deaconess Sarah Loberg) and a $100 deposit (payable to BLC—either by check or online; if online, choose youth activities/write in Confirmation Camp and name of camper). Deaconess Sarah will register our group and add the BLC contribution to each of the camper's accounts. This way, you will only receive balance due notifications of $225. These notifications will come directly from the camp. After April 15 (camp deadline), the price goes up to $445.

Contact Deaconess Sarah Loberg with any questions.



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