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Confirmation

Otherwise known as Catechetics, this two year program is for 7th graders and older who wish to learn more about their Lutheran faith and become full adult members of the congregation.




Confirmation

Otherwise known as Catechetics, this two year program is for 7th graders and older who wish to learn more about their Lutheran faith and become full adult members of the congregation.







What’s the program about?


Students, usually beginning in 7th grade, participate in activities to Worship, Learn, and Serve throughout the two years. We use these marks of discipleship to coincide with Atonement’s mission statement: By God's grace, we strengthen one another in faith and share the good news of Jesus through worshiping, learning and serving. To keep track, we do require a certain number of credits in each area (25 worship, 22 learning, and 10 service). In addition, we encourage the student disciples in prayer, discernment, conversation, and fellowship. 

Worship:  Anytime we gather as God’s people to hear the word of God and participate in the sacraments counts as a worship opportunity. Worship outside of Atonement counts as well. 

Learn:  Every Sunday morning, we gather for class in the Community Center. We use the Re:form curriculum and supplement with additional materials prepared by the staff and/or lay teachers. Some other youth events include a learning element as well. 

Serve:  We reach out to our communities in various ways; some service opportunities are internal to Atonement, some for the wider community of Berks County, and some are even out of state. Service opportunities are wide-ranging and do not have to be done through Atonement – as long as the student disciple can verbalize what serving in that way had to do with their faith. 

At the end of the two years, we require the students to do a project to show some aspect of their faith – these have been anything from creating a faith word search, to service projects, to prayer journals, to works of art. On Reformation Day each year, the students who have completed these requirements affirm their baptism (are confirmed) in worship. We celebrate with all of those young people who have gone through the program and affirmed their faith! 





What’s the program about?


Students, usually beginning in 7th grade, participate in activities to Worship, Learn, and Serve throughout the two years. We use these marks of discipleship to coincide with Atonement’s mission statement: By God's grace, we strengthen one another in faith and share the good news of Jesus through worshiping, learning and serving. To keep track, we do require a certain number of credits in each area (25 worship, 22 learning, and 10 service). In addition, we encourage the student disciples in prayer, discernment, conversation, and fellowship. 

Worship:  Anytime we gather as God’s people to hear the word of God and participate in the sacraments counts as a worship opportunity. Worship outside of Atonement counts as well. 

Learn:  Every Sunday morning, we gather for class in the Community Center. We use the Re:form curriculum and supplement with additional materials prepared by the staff and/or lay teachers. Some other youth events include a learning element as well. 

Serve:  We reach out to our communities in various ways; some service opportunities are internal to Atonement, some for the wider community of Berks County, and some are even out of state. Service opportunities are wide-ranging and do not have to be done through Atonement – as long as the student disciple can verbalize what serving in that way had to do with their faith. 

At the end of the two years, we require the students to do a project to show some aspect of their faith – these have been anything from creating a faith word search, to service projects, to prayer journals, to works of art. On Reformation Day each year, the students who have completed these requirements affirm their baptism (are confirmed) in worship. We celebrate with all of those young people who have gone through the program and affirmed their faith! 




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Info for Current Students

Check back regularly for updates!




Info for Current Students

Check back regularly for updates!







Summer time is upon us!
Remember that you can accumulate credits throughout the summer—they are due for this year on or before August 30. Projects for those completing their second years must at least have been approved by Pastor Julie by August 30, but I recommend you work on them sooner!

Service - anytime you 

  • Help create the VBS set - contact Pastor Julie for more details.  
  • Vacation Bible School helper, June 19-23. 1 credit per day, sign up for your preferred area of service (games, story, craft, group leader, etc.) via a registration form or online.
  • Any of the service events Pastor Julie advertises over the summer
  • Doing other service outside Atonement? Tell Pastor Julie what it has to do with your faith, and you may get credit for it!

Worship— don’t forget to turn in your slips!  

And take note that the new summer schedule starts June 4:

  • Saturdays @5 p.m. in Lundin Fellowship Hall (old church nave)
  • Sundays @9 a.m. in the nave (main worship space)
  • Sundays @10:30 a.m. God Time in Lundin Fellowship Hall 
  • Wednesdays @7:30 p.m. Common Ground Recovery Worship in Lundin Fellowship Hall 
    *Anytime you go elsewhere—bring in a bulletin with the date and your name on it

Learning— Sunday morning classes are finished for the school year.  Until the fall, here are some other opportunities to learn!  

  • Summer Small Groups sessions—one credit per group you attend
  • Common Ground—you may write up your experience after attending a Common Ground worship experience for a credit
  • Interview a congregation member—come up with some questions about faith and church, and ask a congregation member unrelated to you (If you need suggestions, check with Pastor Julie!)
  • Makeup class (if there is enough interest - contact Pastor Julie if you would like this option)

 

 

 

 


Confirmation

The Confirmation program is about learning to live a life of faith.

In baptism, God promises that we are God’s children forever, marked with the cross of Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. 

We respond to God’s love with an outpouring of love through Worship, Learning, and Serving. 


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