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 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 Fall Photo Challenge

This fun challenge begins on Sunday, October 22, at 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Bring your phones or digital cameras (if you don’t have one between your mentor/mentee pair, let Deaconess Kristen know) for this Amazing Race style adventure around town. PACK A LUNCH TO EAT ON THE GO! RSVP to Deaconess Kristen at 303-817-5482 or kristen@bethlehem-lutheran.net by October 20. If you are a mentor who would be willing to drive a group of four, please contact DK by Oct 15.


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. Registration Paperwork and $100 Deposit is due to Kristen by Sunday, September 10 at noon. Heading to Houston for this probably once-in-a-lifetime event will take some preparation of our hearts and brains. We will have the first of our once-a-month meetings on Sunday, September 24 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. where we will begin to unpack what it means that Jesus “Changes Everything.” And don’t worry, there will be food. RSVP to Deaconess Kristen Baltrum at 303-817-5482 or Kristen@bethlehem-lutheran.net by September 23.



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