Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation)

The Affirmation of Baptism (or Confirmation) experience is a way for students to explore and grow in faith and then affirm their faith publicly. The experience also provides community, connection with caring adults, and the opportunity to affirm their baptismal identities as God’s beloved children.



Confirmation Classes at Good Shepherd

Here is a general overview:

  • Classes are taught by the pastor, the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Kelli Gapinski, and other adults who also help with Confirmation.
  • Students explore the Bible, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments as well as Lutheran teachings about them.
  • Class is held most Wednesday nights in the school year from 7-8pm except during Advent and Lent. During Advent and Lent, students are expected to attend midweek worship with their family. During Lent students meet with a mentor during Lenten Soup Suppers.
  • Most students do regular Confirmation classes in 7th and 8th grade but students can start later as well.
  • During the fall of 9th grade, students meet two additional times to prepare for Affirmation of Baptism. 9th graders are asked to write a brief faith statement.
  • The Affirmation of Baptism service happens on the last Sunday in October on Reformation Sunday during the 9:30am worship service.

Here are specifics for 2023-24 for 7th-8th graders:

  • Sunday, September 10: All 7th-8th grade Confirmation students will be blessed and new Confirmation students will be given a Bible.
  • September 13 at 7pm in Fellowship Hall will be first Confirmation class this year.
  • There will be no class and no midweek worship: 11, Nov. 22, Dec 27, Jan. 3, April 3.
  • During Advent and Lent: Wednesday worship at 5:30 pm takes the place of class, students are expected to attend with families.
  • Advent: Wednesdays, Dec. 6-20, 5:30pm
  • Lent: Wednesdays, Feb. 21- Mar. 20, 5:30pm
  • Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14), Maundy Thursday (March 29), Good Friday (March 28) worship services are at 7pm and take the place of class. Students are asked to attend with families.
  • The last class of the year will be May 8.