Confirmation class helps kids transition from their parent’s faith to a faith of their own by experiencing and learning more about the church and what it means to walk as a believer. Each denomination that teaches confirmation class has a different time frame and list of activities for confirmation, but most invite kids to take the class somewhere between their sixth grade and ninth grade years. (Ref 1-4)
Confirmation class helps kids learn about worship. Your child can look at a typical worship service and identify elements of the service, such as the creeds, songs, prayer, Scripture readings and sermon. She can create a worship service for her class or your family. Your child can also look at various rituals or sacraments, such as baptism and the Eucharist, and learn the meaning of the sacraments from the Scriptures and why the church practices them.
During confirmation class, your child will learn what the church believes and why. You can support this at home by reading common faith documents, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, and talk with your child about what these documents mean. Ask him if he believes these as they are written. Your denomination also has documents that explain its basic beliefs. Ask your pastor or minister for access to these documents. Study the history of your denomination and the history of the Christian faith to know how the church came to be what it is today.
An authentic, living faith requires personal faith practices to make a difference in an individual’s life. Your child can learn to pray on a daily basis, read Scripture, participate in group worship and engage in Christian service projects. She can choose a service project or work with other kids in the confirmation class on a group project, such as helping home-bound church members, raising funds to help a children’s shelter or send livestock to a third world village, or collecting clothing for a youth shelter. Ask your child what the faith practices mean to her and how they help her live a Christian life.
Confirmation is preparation to join the church as a full member. Your child should be able to articulate what it means to be a church member and what responsibilities members have to the church. In some churches that means being able to vote on church business, participate in all church activities and rituals and support the church with presence, gifts, service and witness. Talk about ways to serve, such as helping clean the church for services, helping teachers in the children’s department work with young kids or helping to serve at church dinners.