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Faith Formation: Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of faith formation resources for Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism. Here you'll find:

  • Curricula suitable for sharing online or in person
  • Out-of-the-Box Suggestions
  • Activity Suggestions & Resources
  • Additional Curricula Lists from judicatories, denominations and others

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Minnesota’s Department of Health’s COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Youth and Student Programs 

Curricula

Safe and Healthy Relationships - Youth Guide

This four-session guide is for middle- and high school youth (confirmation classes or youth groups); for exploring safe and healthy relationships and imparting lifelong skills to make safe and healthy choices.

Sessions include:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Online Safety
  • Understanding and Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking
  • Making a Safety Plan and Resources

https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/teentext-lent-easter-sunday-middle-school-year-a/                              

Bake With the Bible: a Children's Curriculum (Church license)

edible theology offer bread-based and dinner church curricula for individuals, households, or congregations in a variety of age-groups. Find their full line-up here.

Journey to Adulthood is an online, downloadable youth ministry / spiritual formation program for 6th-12th grades. Fully revised and updated, it is centered on inclusive, relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities. Creative, developmentally appropriate lessons are arranged within three categories of Self, Society, and Spirituality. There are three two-year segments included in the program:

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The Rite-13 program assists young people as they begin to take the first steps of independence from their families into their own lives and creates a safe haven in which to explore new ideas, new interests, and new abilities.(Grades 6-7 or 7-8)

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J2A helps teens create and understand the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood.(Grades 8-9 or 9-10)

This mentor-based program helps older teens discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. A final rite of passage sends them out into the world as ambassadors of Christ.(Grades 10-11 or 11-12)

If you have any questions about this new program, please contact the editorial team at j2a@cpg.org.

     

Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     Manna and Mercy Leader Sourcebook: A Congregational Guide to a Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise

Augsburg Fortress has created a full intergenerational curriculum based on Daniel Erlander's beloved book Manna and Mercy, a book about God and the continuity of God’s covenant of life, justice, and inclusion to all people and all of creation.

This curriculum includes a leader sourcebook full of lesson plans for all ages, an interactive edition of the book for kids, and four board books for young children, in addition to Erlander's original book.

     User friendly for both in-person and online faith formation.

Big God Big Questions equips students to employ the study of Scripture, tradition, and church, to tell their own story as Christian believers in the context of their local congregational experiences. Sample sessions are available here. Download the Scope and Sequence. Order the free sampler, here.

 

Updated Shine! curriculum for a range of ages.

Short introductory teaching videos - appropriate for 7th grade - adult - enrich the Salt & Light curriculum series and can be used for teacher prep and to introduce each weekly session. The videos are free and available online.

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Bold Transformational Faith

A partnership to bring faith formation tools and resources â€‹from CAMP to your CONGREGATION

Clergy Stuff

Clergy Stuff offers resources for Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries, including confirmation, worship, preaching, children's stories, and VBS.

Faith Questions is a PC(USA) youth curriculum that explores questions asked by real youth about important faith topics. Each unit offers connections to media resources and fun, enriching activities and comes in both print and Coffeehouse (i.e. online-friendly) versions. Sessions include:

  • 7 Bible Studies
  • 8 Real Life Topics
  • 8 Basics of Faith
  • 9 Understanding Theology (from a PC(USA) perspective)

Feasting on the Word is a lectionary based curriculum that allows all ages to study the same text each week. Preparatory materials equip leaders with the biblical background they need to feel confident with any age group.

Sample Sessions are available for:

The Free Guide offers tips for online use.

Out-of-the-Box Resources

Why follow Jesus if you don’t believe all of scripture?

by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers

AND

God Is No Longer a Working Number: Rethinking Christianity for the Twenty-first Century

by Martin Thielen

Both include helpful insights when walking youth through faith and the Bible.

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5 Steps to Resume Ministries beyond Worship in Fruitful Ways

Lovett Weems says that churches should be deliberate and careful in making plans to resume ministries disrupted by the pandemic. The restart of youth ministry, Christian education, mission, and other programs presents an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of your pre-pandemic approach, consider new options, and innovate in ways that promote fruitful outcomes.

OnBeing's new Poetry Films forum could be great as contemplative prayer prompts, worship elements or small group discussion starters.

It’s not your typical fare, but you might consider creating a watch group for any of these movies and working your way through with the study guides:

 

  • Coffeehouse versions
  • zoom or socially distanced settings
  • pick the topic
  • great conversation starters

 

          Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     The Totally True Book of Strange and Surprising Bible Lists     

Invite kids to make videos for all sorts of different projects and share them securely with one another via Flipgrid: used by public educators for the same purpose. Lots of fun ideas for utilization on the website.

Explore intentional community and radical social justice with Seven Radical Elders.

Activities

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Building Faith's Margie Baker shared these Baptismal Promises Stations - easily adaptable for different denominations and group sizes.

Indoors or out: share some Community Art While We're Apart!! Check out these great ideas for engaging worship.

 

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  • the site analyzes the article’s political bias
  • compares it to other articles, etc.
  • could be useful in teaching

Other Lists

  • video and podcast series
  • small group study series, Church at Home
  • accessible for many age-groups,
  • BUT:
    • God is imaged as exclusively male
    • their motto reflects a Christo-centrism that subsumes the Hebrew narrative for its own purposes;
    • Significant editing may be required, but might also make for powerful conversations about biblical interpretation and usage.