What is Confirmation?
Affirmation of Baptism is a more descriptive name for Confirmation. It’s an opportunity for people to affirm for themselves the promises that their parents, sponsors and congregation made for them at their baptism.
At baptism, parents or the baptized themselves make a promise to live and nurture those being baptized according to the Christian faith: “… to live among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy Scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that you may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.”
At The Lutheran Church of Our Savior those being confirmed speak individually to the congregation and give a personal statement of faith. Then, as a group, they express, before the congregation, a public affirmation of their baptism. The congregation then promises to support and pray for those being confirmed.
To prepare for making a personal declaration of faith (often at the start of 7th grade), a series of classes, lead by our pastor, are attended. The classes and confirmation service are seen as an important part of faith formation and an outward expression of renewed participation in the Church.