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November 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

New Confirmation Plan, Beginning 2018



Parents have a God-given responsibility to raise up their children to know the Lord and walk in His ways.  The Church has also always had the mission to baptize and to teach the faith.  So, from the very beginning, training children with the Word has been the work of both the church as a whole and parents specifically.

In our modern age, because many Americans have very busy and active lives and because we are all on different schedules, it can be difficult for parents to make faith formation a priority for their children, and it can be difficult for a church’s education program to accommodate the many and various scheduling needs of its families.  It is not easy for a church to fulfill as it ought our Lord’s commission to “teach” and to support parents in their role.

So, what to do?  Since there is no one-size-fits-all education plan outlined in Scripture, churches and parents of every time and place must figure out how best to pass the faith along to future generations.

For years and years a system of “Wednesday Night” confirmation has worked well for Beautiful Savior, and, in truth, it still works.  However, we recognize that our Lee’s Summit culture is changing.  More and more Wednesday night activities are competing with our Midweek and Confirmation classes.  Sports, recitals, competitions, concerts, rehearsals, and the like are popping up regularly on Wednesday nights.  This puts parents in a difficult spot because they want their children to be able to participate in those activities and receive spiritual instruction.

It used to be that Wednesday Night was “Church Night” in our culture.  That is changing before our eyes.  But rather than griping about the culture shift, we have brainstormed options, surveyed parents, and processed with the Board of Elders.  We have decided to trial an innovative and creative approach for the second half of this confirmation year.

Beginning January 7, 2018, confirmation instruction is moving to Sunday morning during the education hour (9:15-10:15). Because of this adjustment we hope and expect that student attendance in confirmation will improve.  We expect that family attendance in the Divine Service (worship) will increase since there will be additional incentive to be there (not that more was needed).  We also hope that this will better help families that want to prioritize their time.  Of course, we want you here on Sundays and Wednesdays (yes, we’ll still have something for your students on Wednesdays!—more on that below), but if families feel forced to choose between Sunday and Wednesday, we are encouraging you (without diminishing the importance of Wednesday) to come on Sunday.

On Sunday, we are formed by the Word.  On Sunday we are founded on the solid Rock of Christ.  On Sunday we receive Word and Sacrament in worship.  On Sunday, the Word taught in Sunday School, Confirmation, and Bible Classes impacts our lives.

Wednesdays, then, will be C3 night.  C3 stands for “Christ Centered Connections.”  Wednesday is a night for all ages, and each person will connect with others in the family of God, and connect to the Word of Christ that dwells in us richly, and will therefore connect with Christ Himself.  What does it look like?  Mostly the same as it does now with a small change to the FIRE Jr. High ages. There will still be nursery care.  Midweek classes will be held as normal.  High School and Adult Small Groups will continue to meet.  The confirmation age kids (FIRE Jr. High) will now have Small Group time as well.  It’s a chance for them to play together, study together, pray together, to build lasting friendships and to be connected (most importantly) to Christ.

Remember, this will be a half-year trial, from January through May 2018.  (Dates and Locations of classes will be published separately.)  We will review the results after the school year and will determine what the 2018-2019 confirmation year looks like early in the summer.

So, in summary, here is a snapshot of what Sundays and Wednesdays will look like at BSLC:

Formation
Saturday

Divine Service at 6 p.m.
Sunday
Divine Service at 8:00, 10:30, and 10:45 a.m.
Education Hour - 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. (Sunday School, Confirmation, High School and Adult Bible Classes)

C3
Wednesday

Meal - 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
C3 Groups - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Nursery Care, Midweek, FIRE group, BLAZE group, Adult small groups).

Do you have any questions or concerns?  Please contact the Called Staff or Board of Elders.

In Christ, who is unchanging and yet reaches a changing world,

BSLC Ministry Team and Board of Elders


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