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CONFIRMISSION ~ 6pm worship followed by a student/parent meeting 6:45 - 7:30pm
Confirmission is Confirmation, with a mission! What’s the mission? Well it’s pretty simple. Our mission is to journey with families as together home and congregation seek to fulfill the promises made to our kids in Baptism to help them know their God and grow in faith for life. Our goal isn’t simply to teach them doctrine that they can recite back to us or give them a bunch of hoops to jump through in order to fulfill requirements to receive a certificate. Our goal is to help young people encounter their faith, grow their Faith Circles, uncover their gifts, the joy of service to others and to prepare them so that come Confirmation day, they are eager and ready to launch their adult faith which is simply the next step in Faith for Life!
Confirmission at Calvary is a family ministry where parents and students and other family members are invited to participate and grow together! Confirmission runs most Wednesdays September 14 through April 26. The night begins with worship at 6pm and is followed with 45 minutes in one of the following areas: service blitz, small age groups, intergenerational Circle Groups. The first night of the month we break from this schedule to engage a speaker, drama team or musician who will help stretch us in new and faith filled ways from 6-7:30pm!
This ministry is guided by four faith formation goals:
1) Worship is at the heart of who we are as Christians! Let’s worship!
2) Parents and other primary care givers have the biggest impact on faith formation in children. Bigger than pastors, or youth directors! Let’s provide space for parents to engage!
3) Intergenerational connectedness is critical to faith growth. Some would say faith is caught more than it’s taught. Our children need to be surrounded by faithful adults beyond their parents who can share in the highs and lows of this lifelong faith journey! Let’s get connected across the generations!
4) Faith practices till the soil of our lives and help prepare us to recognize the many ways God shows up in our lives every day. At Calvary we’ve named these practices: worship, pray, learn, give and serve! Let’s engage faith practices together!
In short, when together as the church community and home we engage in faith practices with our children and youth, faith has a way of catching for life! You will see that Confirmission is created to engage all of these goals in order to reach our ultimate goal….. Faith for Life!!! Parents are asked to attend with their child. If schedules, work or other family member’s needs prevent a parent from participating we ask that you invite a Faith Circle member or other caring adults to attend with your child. If families run into a night where there simply isn’t someone available to attend with their child, we understand and want to provide support! Please contact the church and stop at the welcome table on the way into Confirmission where students will be connected to adult worship and learning partners for the night!
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The High School Clothes Closet is Reopening! The items listed below are still needed. Please only bring items that are in very good condition. We have extremely limited space and limited time to go through donations. We cannot use items that have student names on them. Please bring student friendly styles. Please drop donations when Katie Christensen is present. Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, or weekdays Monday-Thursday by appointment. Thank you!
LEAPP FROGs! (Leading, Evangelizing And Playfully, Praising, while Fully, Relying On God!) / 6th - 12th Graders
Here at Calvary we believe that people of all ages are uniquely gifted for leadership in the church! You may have heard someone say, “Youth are the future of the church.” We don’t believe that! Instead, we believe that young people are the church right NOW! LEAPP FROGs is a ministry opportunity for young people to build community with people of all ages, learn about their unique gifts, develop leadership skills and grow in faith as disciples!
Throughout the year, Calvary provides important training opportunities for LEAPP FROG students, varying from short, two hour trainings to periodic weekend retreats. During these trainings, 6th-12th grade youth learn and develop leadership and discipleship skills. Students are trained in everything from facilitating games, crafts, Bible studies, skits, and worship, to the very practical instruction in safety, first aid, and CPR. Attention is also given to personal faith development, child development, classroom management, creative engagement, communication with parents, and speaking in public. These skills are then applied to leadership opportunities such as planning and leading day camps, and teaching through ministries such as the after school program, Sunday mornings and Milestones.
Students track their training and leadership hours so that they can be applied to things like Honor Society, job and college applications and references. At times, participation stipends are available and can be applied to summer trips or camps through the church. These stipends are based on the number of hours students participate and track.
Leadership is something that is transferable to all areas of life. Over the years, LEAPP FROG participants have reported how they feel their experience helped prepare them for college and jobs. Students have also received college scholarships and grants based on this formational leadership training. Most importantly, students who participate in these opportunities grow in their own faith and tend to stay on a life-long faith journey that doesn’t end when they leave the nest!
UPCOMING LEAPP FROG EVENTS!
After School Program LEAPP FROG students are invited to participate as leaders in the Faith Forward after school program for 2-5th graders. This ministry is held at Luther Crest on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Middle school participants will get picked up from Discovery after school and driven to Luther Crest. High School participants can either drive themselves to Luther Crest or it is possible to coordinate rides through the church with advance notice. Students who receive transportation from church will ride the bus back to Calvary at 5pm. There is flexibility to work around sports season. We ask that parents and students have good communication with Katie Christensen as to which days students are able to attend and need a ride. Sign up to participate by e-mailing Katie Christensen. Sunday School Leaders High School and Middle School LEAPP FROGs are invited to participate as Sunday School Leaders, 9:30-10:45am, starting September 11 and running most Sundays through May 21. LEAPP FROGs are able to lead or assist depending on their level of leadership. To sign up for your own classroom or to assist, contact Katie Christensen via e-mail. Fall Training November 18-19. All 9-12 Graders will start training Friday evening at 5pm with dinner at Luther Crest and stay over night at camp that night. Students in 6-8 grade join the next morning at 8am and stay until 7pm. Lunch and Dinner will be provided Saturday to these students. Participants are asked to attend the entire retreat as it is difficult to have students coming and going at different times. Attending this retreat moves students to the next tier of student leadership. To register for this event contact Katie Christensen.
Day Long Day Camps All trained LEAPP FROGs are encouraged to participate in the day long day camps held, January 16 and February 20 from 9-3pm. Student leaders are asked to attend from 8-3:30. Students in grades K – 5th grade come to enjoy a day of relationships, games, bible study, skits, stories, crafts, snacks and worship! To sign up to participate as a student leaders for this event e-mail Katie Christensen.
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