Confirmation - Re:Form
Confirmation at St Mark's uses a program called "re:form" which uses humour, videos, and contemporary discussion about what it means to be a Christian teenager in a modern world. The program is designed to affirm and strengthen faith in context that makes sense to young people. Our confirmation classes follow this structure:
Encounter – watch a hilarious animated video (we encourage laughter!)
Engage – Tap into their creativity for activities like doodling, constructing, and journalling that help them dig deeper into their faith
Respond – Share thoughts and ideas about the session’s question
The study program helps prepare the young people for their "Confirmaton".
Confirmation is a Rite within the Lutheran Church whereby people have an opportunity to ‘confirm their faith’ (make a public affirmation of the faith as expressed on the day of their baptism), and to ‘be confirmed in the faith’ (to receive a blessing).
Generally at St Mark's confirmation starts around late primary / early high school (age 12-14) and involves a Course of Instruction which leads up to a confirmation service.
At St Mark's our current confirmation class commenced in October 2019 for a group of six young people being taught by a team of lay people who are following the Re:Form program.
Confirmation also involves instruction to lead to obtainment of first communion (sometimes known as Steps to Communion).
We also touch on the teachings of the Lutheran Church as expressed in Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.