At the heart of faith
St. Paul’s confirmation ministry is a wildly popular experience that gets to the very heart of where middle-schoolers live. It’s a creative, spirit-enlivened venture into the life of faith.
Built solidly on relationships with God and others, confirmation relies on the care and attention of a caring Christian mentor for each of the dozen or so small groups of kids.
For St. Paul youth in grades 7 and 8, confirmation meets on the first three Wednesdays during the school year, 6:30-8 p.m. This ministry is deeply embedded in the authenticity of the church community.
Learning | Serving | Fun
Learning, serving, and Christian community are the cornerstones of the confirmation experience. This ministry embraces a spirit that declares, “It’s a sin to bore a kid.” The focus is on the great biblical stories of God’s grace, forgiveness, and love.
Youth gather for confirmation on three Wednesday evenings each month in the Youth Rooms (on the lower level). Each Wednesday combines interactive learning sessions with pastors and other key leaders, explorations of the Bible, small-group experiences with dedicated adult sponsors, and worship moments. Games and activities “bring home” the evening’s theme.
Camp Shalom near Maquoketa is the splendid outdoor setting for the seventh-graders in September. The eighth-graders explore faith pathways throughout the area in an overnight retreat in November.
Regular worship is the key to lifelong habits of faithfulness — for confirmation youth and their parents. Youth are heartily encouraged to participate in worship as acolytes.
Confirmation: Ryan Bailey