St. Paul’s confirmation program exists to help students to know what it means to believe in God, to be a follower of Jesus Christ, to live out their faith in love and service to others, and to grow in faith through worship, witness, questions, and compassion.
Students choose a mentor during their seventh-grade year that walks with them throughout their confirmation experience. Students and mentors work closely together during the Lenten season. Students do not have class, but instead worship with their mentors on Wednesdays and have guided faith conversations.
The seventh-grade year is taught by Deb Bachman, director of faith formation, and focuses on the Bible. The eighth-grade year is taught by Arthur Bergren, lead pastor, and focuses on Luther’s Small Catechism. Students affirm their baptism in the fall of their ninth grade year.
New this year, St. Paul’s is offering middle school youth group for students in grades 5-8. This youth group will bring students together for a safe, fun, and educational experience. As with all youth ministry events, this group will focus on the seven faith practices. The group will meet three times a month on Sundays from 12-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided followed by games, service and Bible study.
Students affirm their baptism in the fall of their ninth grade year. They spend to two months prior working with their mentors crafting a faith statement and learning about being adult members of the church. Affirmation of Baptism (Rite of Confirmation) is typically recognized in October.
High School Youth Group meets every Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. Dinner is provided by families each week in the narthex. During dinner, participants talk about the week before and share joys and concerns. Following dinner, students retreat to the senior high room for a time of Bible study, faith conversations, and games. All students in grades 9-12 are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend.
Week of Service and Lost Island
Register now for our Week of Service opportunity June 10-13. This is open for students entering 5th through 8th grade in the fall of 2019. Service will be daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various locations throughout Waverly. The week will culminate with a trip to Lost Island Waterpark on Friday, June 14.
Each day the students volunteer will earn them $5 off their admission to Lost Island. Students can still go to Lost Island even if they do not volunteer; however, they will pay full price for admission.
Mission Trip to Milwaukee Wisconsin
St. Paul's youth will participate in a Mission Trip to Milwaukee, WI at the Urban Gathering Center July 14-20 in conjunction with Redeemer Lutheran Church. Any high school student completing 8th grade through 12th grade this spring is welcome to attend. The cost is $340/person. A deposit of $125 is due at registration. Fundraising efforts are underway.
Please contact Deb Bachman at email@example.com for further information and trip details.