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Faith Formation: Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation

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 for Online or In-Person - including:
    • Justice/Relationship Based Curricula
    • Spiritual Practices Based Curricula
    • Bible/Lectionary Based Curricula

As well as:

  • Out-of-the-Box Suggestions
  • Books
  • 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 

Justice/Relationship Based Curricula

ImageAfter the Altar Call is a free, downloadable resource from the West Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC. It is created with a mentor/mentee relationship at its core, but can be adapted for use with one adult and a small group of confirmands.

Each session includes Scripture reading, Spiritual Practices, learning/activities, and discussion/reflection. A take-home Scripture reading guide and workbook are to be completed between sessions. The 11-week course includes one introductory week then covers the 7 themes of: Creation, Crisis, Covenant, Christ, Church, Calling, and Completion.

All-ages curriculum include:

Learn more here.

Year 3 (for ages 9-12) lessons offer:

  • a Christianity that is radically inclusive
  • a willingness to foster connections
  • questions in pursuit of 'the Oneness and Unity of all Life' and includes:
    • heart-centered and experiential
    • informed by Christian mysticism and Earth-centered spirituality
    • include interfaith and interspiritual perspectives

 

Safe and Healthy Relationships - Youth Guide
  • What: four-session guide
  • Ages: middle- and high school youth
  • Foci: safe and healthy relationships
    • 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
Bake With the Bible: a Children's Curriculum (Church license)
  • What: bread-based and dinner church curricula
  • Ages: individuals, households, or congregations in a variety of age-groups
  • Foci: edible theology
  • Find their full line-up here.

Pair the curriculum with intergenerational/family-based hunger work:

Baking Homemade Bread Becomes a Public Good

The Seattle-based Community Loaves project enlists home bakers to help those facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

     

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.

Spiritual Practice Based Curricula

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)
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
  • What: Augsburg Fortress's  curriculum
  • Ages: Intergenerational
  • Foci: based on Daniel Erlander's Manna and Mercy
    • about God and the continuity of God’s covenant of life, justice, and inclusion to all people and all of creation
  • Includes: leader sourcebook of lesson plans

Bible/Lectionary Based Curriculum

Spark House offers a number of interactive, engaging affirmation of baptism/confirmation curriculum, including:

 

Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation

Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation

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Colaborate: Methodist Confirmation

Colaborate: Methodist Confirmation

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Colaborate: Presbyterian Confirmation

Colaborate: Presbyterian Confirmation

Learn more

  • re:form

    re:form

    Empower youth to explore faith and ask questions about the Bible, the Apostles’ Creed, disciples, Jesus, and hot topics.

    Learn more
  • re:form Traditions

    re:form Traditions

    Discover the backstory, key beliefs, and practices for specific Christian faith traditions, why they matter, and how they are relevant today.

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.

Clergy Stuff

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

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

     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.

Out-of-the-Box Resources

Mark Hinds' Commissioned to Change the World Confirmation Curriculum here.

FREE Confirmation Retreat Resource: Confirmation in the Spirit, Bread for the Journey

Watch Chuck Knows Church | Prime VideoWays To Use The Original Series

Worship: Many congregations use Chuck each week in worship.

Meetings: Open a church meeting with Chuck; it helps set the tone.

ConfirmationAll confirmands should be introduced to the topics addressed by Chuck.

New Member Classes: Select those episodes that work for you. 

Youth Group: Chuck can open a great discussion on a topic. 

Family: Show a Chuck to your family and see what happens!

Post to Facebook: Post each week’s episode to your personal or congregation’s Facebook page.

Sermon Series: Choose 3-4 episodes as the opening to a sermon series. 

Late-night snack: Grab a snack and watch a couple Chuck Knows Church episodes before nodding off.

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.

Filter the News allows you to:

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

OnBeing's 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

 

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

A silver shell on the edge of a Baptismal font.

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

Other Lists

The UMC's Discipleship Ministries has resources for youth and young adults.

AUCE-2019-horizontal-#2-no-WHY.pngFind resources from the Association of United Church Educators, UCC, including webinars, curriculum, book lists, and more.

Books

          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     When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics     When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Volume 2: More Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics     

In Our Library

Book - Paperback                    Book, Bath, Table, and Time | Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry (Edie)          Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World          Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School               The Faith and Friendships of Teenage Boys  -     By: Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Donald Capps          9780829818536: Holy Things for Youth Ministry: 13 Practical Sessions     9780819221964: Hungry Souls, Holy Companions: Mentoring a New Generation of Christians     Paperback It's Not Conformation: Confirmation Sermons from the Front Lines of Post-Christendom Youth Ministry Book     Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys  -     By: Robert C. Dykstra, Allan Hugh     Image 1     My Confirmation | A Guide for Confirmation Instruction, Revised and Updated (Dipko)     Practicing Discernment with Youth | A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach (White)     Raising Hope: Four Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth  -     By: Anne E. Wimberly, Sarah Frances Farmer               When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics