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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 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
  • 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

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

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 offer
  • 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.

 

  • What: Journey to Adulthood
    • online, downloadable youth ministry/spiritual formation program
    • reative, developmentally appropriate lessons
  • ​​​​​​​Ages: 6th-12th grades
  • Foci: inclusive, relational ministry
    • three categories of Self, Society, and Spirituality
  • Includes:
    • Bible study
    • prayer
    • rites of passage
    • outreach ministries
    • serious and playful activities

The three two-year segments included in the program are:

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  • What: Rite-13
  • Ages: Grades 6-7 or 7-8
  • Foci: assist young people as they begin to take first steps of independence
    • creates a safe haven in which to explore new ideas, new interests, and new abilities
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  • What: J2A
  • Ages: Grades 8-9 or 9-10
  • Foci: helps teens create and understand the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood
  • What: 4WARD
    • mentor-based program
  • Ages: Grades 10-11 or 11-12
  • Foci: discern and carry out a ministry within church or larger community.
  • Includes: a final rite of passage sends them out into the world as ambassadors of Christ

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
  • 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

     

     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 ​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.

Icons representing steps to resume ministries beyond worship in fruitful ways

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     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     

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.

 

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

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.

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