The days are growing shorter and the calendar is bursting with scheduled events, and now that the school year is underway, it is time to turn our attention to a new year of confirmation class. Confirmation is part of our middle school ministry and is meant to prepare our middle school students to answer for themselves the questions that were answered by their parents and godparents at the time of their baptism. It is meant to give them a basic structure and vocabulary to speak their faith with honesty and boldness. It is a place to begin to struggle with questions that last a lifetime. This is a challenging assignment, but with the assignment comes the privilege to watch young minds and hearts awaken to the tasks of a lifetime.
This year we are excited to introduce a brand new confirmation curriculum, CoLabOrate. This curriculum allows students to discover the ways the doctrines, traditions, and beliefs of their faith are relevant to their lives. In keeping with current educational best practice, students are encouraged to grapple with their beliefs through challenging questions and collaborative learning. We are asking each family to contribute $30/child to help defray the cost of their child’s materials. Checks can be made payable to HTLC and brought to our first Sunday afternoon class meeting.
This year confirmation classes will meet on Sunday afternoons from 12:15-2:15 p.m. Generally these classes will meet once a month, but please note the exact dates and times on the class schedule. In addition, we are excited to offer two music ensembles for our middle school students: Chime Choir and a new vocal ensemble.