5TH - 9TH Grade faith formation
Our 5th - 9th Grade Faith Formation program is made up of small groups within each grade level. These small groups stay together as they move through each program year and into 9th Grade confirmation. Groups are led by volunteer adult leaders, and large group learning is taught by a multitude of adult instructors, including pastors, staff, and guest presenters.
Three year theme rotation
Each year will focus on a different theme, so that by the time a student moves to 9th grade confirmation, they will have engaged in three different elements of Lutheran faith.
Theme 1: Practices of Faith
This theme is grounded in God’s promised and faithful relationship with creation. Some of the topics in this theme include: the history of God’s promises in scripture, the daily promise of God’s presence in the sacraments, and the theological understanding of promises from the Lutheran perspective.
Theme 2: Living Your Faith
This theme will focus on three aspects of relationship we experience: Gods relationship with us, our relationship with the world, our relationship with creation. Additionally, the living word, made known in Jesus and examining the concepts of tension in faith will guide this theme The content for this theme will center on the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, Apostles’ Creed, and the life of Jesus.
Theme 3: God’s Story, Your Story
This theme will engage in the examples of faithful storytellers from scripture, in the world, and in this congregation. Young people will be nurtured to develop a language and practice of faithful living that not only connects with congregational identity, but makes sense to them in daily life. The content for this theme is the living examples of faith in Old and New Testament, examples of faith in the world, and congregational stories.
- Know that faith is a journey lived in a community which shares joy, pain, and lives life prayerfully
- Experience scripture as a living example of the ongoing, faithful promise of God
- Experience Jesus as the pioneer, perfector and model of a faithful life
- Experience the Holy Spirit as the very real and very mysterious presence of God at work in the world
- Intentionally think and talk about the joys and challenges of living a life of faith
- Think about their gifts and talents and how they can be used to love and serve the world
Small group ministry is an opportunity. It is a time to uncover the mystery of God's promise in the world; a time to affirm, daily, the promises made in Baptism and most importantly to say YES to God who first said yes to us.
New WEDNESDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
Dinner on the Go: 7:00pm (Eat in small group)
Age-Specific Small Groups: 7:00-7:45pm
(Adult groups also meet)
Extended Care Time: 7:45-8:00pm (Youth Room)
Faith Formation students are expected to attend 70% of worship services during the program year. Worship as a community is an important part of the faith formation experience, and will be integrated into small group learning.
worship and learning merge
What would happen if worship was the center of the night on Wednesdays? What would happen if conversations and questions were carrying over to the car because everyone is learning the same thing in the context of worship? This evolved way to merge worship and learning will be taught by Pastors and staff with opportunities to process in age-specific small groups. Since, learning is a part of worship, there will NOT be a dedicated large group. Students used to arriving at 6:45PM will be invited to be there at 6:15PM (NOTE: The requirement for 5-9th grade is STILL attending worship 20 times during the year).
small group (CASY GROUP)
Small groups are at the heart of youth faith formation. When large group ends, CASY groups meet in assigned classrooms with their CASY (Caring Adult Supporting Youth) and go over what they've learned, share highs and lows, dwell, and pray together.
RETREATS & EVENTS
6th Grade: Moonlight Madness (November 10-11, 2017) (Cost: $40)
MOONLIGHT MADNESS is a Twin Cities event with over 500 middle school students from all over the metro coming together for fun, food and connecting with others in a Christian environment. Think about it as a “lock-OUT” instead of a lock-in. We meet at Mount Olivet at 9PM on a Friday and return at 7AM on Saturday. In between young people will experience a youth rally, recreation time at a fitness club or Grand Slam, a movie, and bowling. It’s a can’t miss event for your student! Cost includes program fee and transportation.
7th & 8th Grade Retreat: Urban Immersion (October 27-29) (Cost: $120)
7th and 8th graders will take a deeper dive and immerse themselves into organizations and communities that fight hunger, homelessness, and racial inequity. This retreat will include hands-on service learning in partner organizations in the Twin Cities. This is a two night retreat beginning on October 27th and ending on Sunday morning, October 29th. Cost covers food, lodging, and program/staff fee.
9th Grade Retreat: Growing a Personal Theology (February 23-24, 2018) (Cost: $110)
The 9th grade Confirmation retreat takes place at Camp Courage in Annandale, MN on February 23-24, 2018. During the weekend, young people will focus on developing a personal theology which will allow students of different back-grounds and faith experiences to:
- Understand their strengths, talents that are a gift from God,
- name their beliefs about God,
- connect their personality and life experiences to their understanding of faith,
- reflect on how their theology affects the way they live, and
- claim their identity as theologian.
In addition to that work, 9th grade students will do the practical work of gearing up to the Rite of Confirmation May 6, 2018. Students will make stoles, write “I Believe” statements, and pick a Bible verse for the confirmation service.