First Communion and Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation)

First Communion at Good Shepherd typically occurs when a young person feels ready. Before receiving Communion, the student receives instruction from the pastor in understanding the Eucharist. Traditionally, this is a first step before beginning the confirmation process several years later.

The Affirmation of Baptism (or Confirmation) is “part of a process of formation in faith in youth or adulthood at the time of beginning one’s participation in a community of faith, as a sign of renewed participation in the life of the church, or at the time of a significant life passage.” (ELW)

At Good Shepherd, confirmation instruction lasts for two years, starting for young persons at about age twelve and concluding at age fourteen. During this time, students learn about the Christian faith, using Luther’s Small Catechism as one of the guides for instruction. At the conclusion of the instruction, young people make a personal public profession of their faith and a lifelong pledge of faithfulness to Christ.