Our practice is to have our confirmands write faith statements prior to affirming their faith (Confirmation) publicly in the church. For those being confirmed and affirming their faith this fall at St. John Lutheran (May 13, 2018), this is the faith statement information that was shared. It is here for reference purposes.
Faith Statement Details
A faith statement is a summary of what you believe, hope, and trust. The finished project will be your own statement of faith in God, your Savior Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Your faith statement should answer the question, “What is my relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?”
Have fun thinking about how you can best express your sense of God’s work in your life, and feel free to include bits of songs or artwork that connects with your faith as long as there is a way to share that as you share your faith statement during your Confirmation service. This faith statement isn’t meant to be a final document, but a kind of journal entry along your lifelong journey of faith as you prepare for the ceremony of Confirmation.
The following are some suggestions or ideas to consider as you work on your faith statement:
- Don’t begin by thinking, “How long does it have to be?” The answer is however long it takes to tell your story.
- Do NOT stress about it. Just write/create whatever comes to you. If it is not complete before then, you will complete it during the last confirmation class.
- Be honest; don’t worry about saying the right or wrong thing.
- Be creative; some students have written poems, songs or children’s books. Some have created an art piece
along with a written description on what inspired you to create it. Other ideas might be to play a piece of music
or share a dance along with a written description on what inspired you to create it.
- Here are some topics to consider as you work on your Faith Statement. (PICK ONE FOCUS)
- Let others know:
- What impact has Jesus had on your life?
- What does confirmation mean to you?
- Why is faith important to you?
- Have you ever been transformed or changed through your faith?
- Think about and share:
- How do people know you are a Christian?
- How would you like to change the world because of your faith?
- Do the relationships you have reflect your faith?
- How does the way you spend your time show your faith?
- Why do you want to make a difference in our world?
- Share a story of your life that helps illustrate what your faith is all about or how your faith in God has been
- Give personal examples of times in your life when your community and faith helped you through difficult times or to grow in faith.
- Share the questions or struggles you may have about your faith. Are you going through a difficult time in your life? How can your faith help you?
- Who has helped you grow in faith?
- Share a Bible story or Bible verse that is special to you? How have the story or verse helped you to grow?
- How do you see yourself living out your faith in the future?
- What help or support do you need from your classmates, parents, family, pastors, godparents, friends and
members of the church to help you grow in your faith and keep your Affirmation of Baptism promises? Be specific.
- Let others know: