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7TH & 8TH GRADE CATECHISM CLASS
Quick content guide
1.) The what & why of Catechism/Confirmation class
2.) What will go on each week in the class
3.) 2020-2021 Catechism class schedule
4.) COVID-19 guidelines
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1.) What is Catechism/Confirmation class? It is a comprehensive, in-depth study of our Lutheran Christian faith, based on Holy Scripture and provided by our Lutheran Church body's Small Catechism. The Catechism is an excellent summary of the Bible written by pastor, teacher and Church reformer, Rev. Martin Luther. So theologically-solid is the Catechism that it is fittingly called the "The People’s Bible."
Our two-year study will focus especially on Bible passages found in the Small Catechism which serve the purpose of nurturing and strengthening catechumens in the one true Christian faith. The curriculum we use is entitled: “The Lutheran Christian Faith as Taught in Rev. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.”
Why do we have a Catechism/Confirmation class? Youth Catechism instruction, as with adult Catechism instruction, serves the purpose of preparing young men and women in their formative years to become communicant members of Holy Trinity or St. James Lutheran Churches and supporters of the same, and life-long communicant members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; that is, faithful partakers of the Lord's Supper until their last breath.
Catechism class is a rite of passage by which youth in our Churches take their stand upon Jesus Christ (see Galatians 5:1), our only true Foundation, as they are instructed and grow in the Christian faith. They begin their journey as catechumens – those who are taught the Six Chief Parts of our Lutheran Christian faith. They finish as catechized young men and women who are ready to receive the Lord’s Supper, and who are committed to life-long membership and attendance in the Holy Church of God.
PLEASE READ & TAKE TO HEART. It is fully expected of catechumens, along with those already confirmed, that they attend the Divine Worship service on Sundays faithfully and regularly with their families. Catechism Class WITHOUT life in the Church – Divine Worship – honestly makes very little sense. This can be compared to a student athlete attending sports practices, but then being a no-show for the games. What parents would want that for their child? What coach would be okay with it!
And so, please understand - and have the same mind as I do as your pastor - that IT IS NOT GOOD for students to only come to class and NOT to attend Church with their families. Since the Christian is to be instructed all his or her life in the faith, catechumens also ought to attend Sunday school or Bible study on Sunday mornings.
So I implore you all in the Lord Jesus as Christian parents to please bring your young Confirmation son or daughter; your whole family to Church.
Let God’s Word encourage and guide you, parents and catechumens: "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8) “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) “Let us not neglect meeting together [for Divine Worship], as some have made a bad habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day of the Lord approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
2.) Weekly Confirmation class itinerary:
1. Opening Prayer/praying the Catechism together
2. Reciting the Catechism together
3. Questions & Answers from the Catechism
4. Main study of the Catechism (Workbook)
5. Closing Blessing
3. 2020-2021 Catechism class schedule (Class time: Tuesday, 4:45 - 6:15 PM - A snack will be provided each week for students.)
September 2020: 2019: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
October: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
November: 3rd, 10th and 17th
December: 1st, 8th, 15th
January 2021: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
February: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
March: 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th
April: 6th, 13th, 20th. 27th
Confirmation Sunday 2021: TBD
4. COVID-19 guidelines
- Catechumens are encouraged to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon arriving for class, especially as a snack will be provided each week.
- Mask wearing is optional and not mandatory as the governor's orders do not include Churches.
- Catechumens who have symptoms of the virus are kindly asked to stay home and recover there.
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