St. Andrews partners with two other local congregations (Immanuel, Des Plaines, and St. Paul, Skokie) in Confirmation instruction. Typically, our students begin the two-year program in their 7th grade year. Both 7th and 8th grades meet together. While both years make extensive use of Luther's Small Catechism, Alpha year is a focus on basic Biblical knowledge, and year Beta focuses on applying what we learn in the Catechism to our every day lives. All classes are taught by Pastor Matt Hoffmann and DCE Katie Otto and guest speakers from our congregation and school.
ACOLYTING: Our St. Andrews Confirmation students also have the opportunity to serve in worship by acolyting during all of our services during the school year. There are also a few opportunities to participate in processionals on Reformation Sunday, All Saints' Sunday, and Easter. We ask that each student sign up for a minimum of 6 services. Sign up with THIS Google Sheet.
This is our ALPHA year in our two year Confirmation Schedule. ALPHA year is time when we focus on digging into Scripture and getting a solid foundation of being able to see Christ in all of Scripture. Each session will have a CENTRAL QUESTION, CENTRAL PEOPLE, and CENTRAL APPLICATION. If you miss a week, we will be posting make-up packets on this page after each class.
OPENING MEETING – SEPTEMBER 11, 1:30-4:00pm
Make a note that we are starting later than normal this day. Instead of having a meal together, we ask that all students and families come to the Church and School picnic after the later service. The kids will start at 1:30. Parent and Students will meet at 3:30.
CENTRAL QUESTION: “What does faith in real life look like?”
CENTRAL CHARACTER: Namaan
CENTRAL APPLICATION: We will spend time looking at the story of a person who was changed by God, but had to figure out how to life out his faith in real life, and in the culture around him. We will also be spending some time getting to know one another and introducing the plan for the year.
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October 16, 12:30 – 4:00pm
CENTRAL QUESTION: “Does my life matter?”
CENTRAL CHARACTER: God as FATHER and CREATOR
CENTRAL APPLICATION: If we look at ourselves as beings created in the image of God, how does that change our view of ourselves and those around us. What if we see ourselves as here simply by time and chance? At the root of it, how does this effect how we see ourselves and others?
November 20, 12:30 – 4:00pm
CENTRAL QUESTION: “Who am I, really?”
CENTRAL CHARACTERS: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph
CENTRAL APPLICATION: We will look at the central figures of the Old Testament and see how God uses the VERY different people to share the love of God in the culture around them. From the Faithfulness of Abraham to the cheating Jacob who is changed by God, to the steadfastness of Joseph, we will ask ourselves the tough question – How is it that God wants to use ME to share his love in this time and place?
December 18, 12:30 – 4:00pm
CENTRAL QUESTION: “Who do we really worship?”
CENTRAL CHARACTERS: King David (as opposed to the idolatry of most of the kings)
CENTRAL APPLICATION: We will look at the sin of idolatry and the First Commandment. We will dig into the books of Exodus, Judges, and 1 and 2 Kings. As we learn about what Idolatry was back then, we will see how our culture struggles with idolatry in a different, maybe worse, form. We will talk about how it is that we stay focused on the TRUE God.
***SATURDAY JANUARY 21 – 5:00pm – 9pm***
CENTRAL QUESTION: “Why does the Resurrection matter?”
MOVIE NIGHT: We will gather for the Saturday Night, 5pm Worship service at St. Andrews. After the service we will have popcorn and pizza and watch the movie RISEN, and have important conversations about the importance of Jesus literal death and resurrection as we go. It should be a fun and informative night. Parents and other family members are more than welcome to join in!
Feb 26, Time TBD – (This will be an abbreviated session before HYMN-FEST. We would like all students to stay for Hymn Fest)
CENTRAL QUESTION: “How does God teach us?”
CENTRAL CHARACTERS: Jesus as he tells Parables
CENTRAL APPLICATION: Jesus teaches using Parables. How are we to understand these simple, yet very stirring stories, and how can we apply them to our lives?
March 12, 12:30 – 4:00pm
CENTRAL QUESTION: “What did Jesus really teach?”
CENTRAL CHARACTERS: Jesus, Sadducees, Pharisees
CENTRAL APPLICATION: We will begin to dig into such central topics as Law and Gospel, Jesus and his opponents, and do a cursory study of the Sermon on the Mount. What do Jesus teachings look like in our day and age, and why do they still matter just as much now as they did 2,000 year ago?
April 9, 12:30 – 4:00pm
CENTRAL QUESTION: “Where do we go from here?”
CENTRAL CHARACTERS: Christ at the Center of the Early Church
CENTRAL APPLICATION: We will explore the good, the bad, and ugly of the struggles the early church faced. We will zero-in on the Book of Hebrews and relate the tough choices they had to make regarding their faithfulness to God with the choices our students will have to make in High School and beyond.
April 30 – After late service on Sunday
We will be doing Confirmation rehearsal and PHOTOS after church on April 30. All those who have completed BOTH YEARS (not the 7th Graders) of Confirmation need to be present to get their pictures taken and prepare for the Rite of Confirmation the next week.
May 7, 12:30 – 10:45am
All those getting confirmed need to be here 15 minutes before the 11am service to get ready for Confirmation Sunday and the Processional.