Catechesis is ". . .the sounding again of the historic truths of the Christian faith from one generation to the next. An elder generation presents the content of our common faith, and the younger generation echoes back what they have learned. Catechesis, then, in its simplest form is a sort of call and response of the truths of the Christian faith." (from Teaching the Faith at Home by David Reuter).
To learn more about catechesis in the home using Luther's Small Catechism, click here, and Teaching the Faith: What Does This Mean? How is This Done? by David Reuter, click here. To access free online Luther's Small Catechism and other Biblical resources for home teaching and
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In Luther's Small Catechism, question #306 asks: "What is confirmation?" and answers, " Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community." To be confirmed is to mark the beginning of a mature life of learning the Scriptures and growing in the faith given to an individual in their baptism.
We offer a two-year catechesis program at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, where our young adolescents learn Biblical doctrine as summarized in Luther's Small Catechism, taught by our pastor. The study ends in a public rite of confirmation, which provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God's promises given in Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ.
Ages: 7th-8th grade students (the Pastor & parents may make exceptions, depending on what seems best for the individual child)
Times: Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30 PM during the school year.
Confirmation classes will include study of the Biblical doctrine of The Lord's Supper. Confirmands will first receive the Holy Sacrament of the Altar (Communion or The Lord's Supper) at the time of the rite of confirmation, after their two-year catechesis. To learn more about The Lord's Supper, read: "What About The Sacrament of the Altar?" -- click here >>
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Painting: Catechism Lesson, Jules Alexis Muenier 1890