Last night we had our Family Night for Confirmation Ministry and we started the process of writing a Family Faith Statement as well as our youth writing their statements for their Affirmation of Baptism in the fall of their 9th grade year. It was a fun night and we will continue the process of writing a faith statement in the coming weeks and you can follow at home as well as with this blog!
If you were unable to make the meeting last night please stop by the church sometime before Wednesday and pick up your folder with the information and packets for the Faith Statements. Your youth will need to bring with their copy of their packet each of the following weeks to ensure they are able to build on their writings from the previous weeks.
Here is some information on why Faith Statements and family faith conversations are an important part of the Confirmation Ministry here at First Lutheran Church!
There is much research done recently regarding who faith sticks with youth after high school. Many studies have come back with the much of the same information: Families Matter. More specifically family faith practices matter. Everything from worship practices, to faith conversations. We get what we are, when it comes to our youth's faith.
Parents/Guardians/Families maybe you feel a bit like this when you try to talk about faith at home:
This is a reality for many families today. Maybe even starting to have a conversation on faith can be intimidating to you. Maybe not having all of the answers to the tough questions makes you fear that you will mess up your child's faith. All of these are real fears.
So, we're giving you permission to not have the answers. We're giving you permission (not as though you need it) to say "I don't know!" There are many times when my 7 year old son will be thinking in the back seat of the car and ask a question about something related to faith and I have to say "I don't know, buddy, but let's keep thinking about that!" Or sometimes I ask him what he thinks about the question. More often than not, kids and youth have some sort of idea of what they think and when we can tease it out of them or ask more questions to get them to think more about it, this strengthens their faith in amazing ways!
If we are only talking about faith at confirmation or at church on Sunday mornings, we are missing a huge opportunity. Consider the following image. On average a church has about 40 hours per year to influence a life. Some churches have more some less, here at First Lutheran it is around 40-50 including our time at Confirmation Ministry and if families attend worship on Saturday or Sunday. The dots represent the number of hours per week.
Then consider how many hours you have together during a year with your youth. An average family has 3,000 hours per year to influence a life. Now the reality is that these 3,000 hours may be split up into smaller chunks during a busy season of life, and maybe larger during other times of the year. But the overall idea is the church, worship or confirmation ministry has far less influence on a child's faith. Families have a great opportunity to enter into this discussion with an unlimited possibility of what one conversation a week about faith can have on their child's faith and their family's faith!
First Lutheran is here to help! We have the tools to help these conversations happen and to provide information on the topics as well! Each week we post a blog with short questions to help start the conversation. You do not have to be a profession to understand and learn together about faith. It is important to take advantage of this opportunity no matter where you find yourself in the journey of faith!
Youth may be asking themselves why they have to do Confirmation, or more specifically, why do they need to write a faith statement to get confirmed.
What is this?
Weekly posts pertaining to the Confirmation Lessons for the week. A great way for families to have conversations of faith at home, on the road, or around a meal.