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 in April
This year Confirmation Sunday will be May 6 at the 10:15 a.m. service.
Here is the schedule for the Wednesday night classes in April:

  • April 11: Last class for all three grades
  • April 18: 8th grade confirmands meet with their mentors to write their faith statements.
  • April 25: 8th grade confirmands meet with their mentors to make their confirmation banners.
  • May 2: Banquet for the 8th grade confirmands and their families.

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

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.


Elitch Gardens Extravaganza for Middle and Senior High

RSVP for this super fun day of water slides and roller coasters! We will leave the BLC parking lot at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, and return by 9:00 p.m. (leaving the park at 8:00 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 will be a reduced rate of only $25, so recruit your friends and RSVP to Deaconess Kristen (kristen@bethlehem-lutheran.net) NO LATER THAN JULY 13! Also, let Deaconess Kristen know if you’d like to use the money in your “account” to pay for your ticket.


Water World Day

Middle and senior high day at Water World! Middle and senior high students, come join in on the soaking wet fun at the water park on Monday, August 6, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
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 buffet that’s totally worth it for an additional $15. So, sign up by emailing Deaconess Kristen (kristen@bethlehem-lutheran.net), sign your friends up, and let’s go remember our baptisms!!! HARD DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP IS AUGUST 3 by 5:00 p.m.





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