The course of instruction leading up to the rite of Confirmation at St. Mark is a four year curriculum for students in grades 5-8 (exceptions may be made in special circumstances).
The first two years of instruction will be Bible History. This is for students in fifth and sixth grade. This is in addition to regular, weekly Sunday School or Bible class attendance.
This Bible History course runs in two 35 lesson cycles, incorporating 70 Bible stories. The study of these stories will strengthen and increase the faith of the students as they dig deeper into the wonderful history of God’s saving work. The students will learn to see Jesus in both the Old and New Testament. The study of these stories greatly lays the groundwork for the two years of catechetical instruction.
Years three and four are catechetical instruction. This is for students in grades seven and eight. The basis of this instruction will be the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther. This instruction will be in addition to regular, weekly Sunday School or Bible class attendance.
The catechetical instruction will run in two 35-lesson cycles. Over the course of the two years we will study the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the Ministry of Keys and Confession.
The main textbook for both Bible History and Catechism will be the Bible. Each student should have one of his own.
In addition, students should purchase the blue Luther’s Catechism, available from Northwestern Publishing House for about $20. This book will be used for homework assignments.
The role of the parents is vital in this instruction. Parents are the primary spiritual caregivers of these children. As parents, God commands you to (Deuteronomy 6:7-9, Eph. 6:4):
- bring your children to public worship on Sundays and Church festivals;
- bring your children to Sunday School and at the same time be attending Adult Bible Class;
- have regular devotions at home for the family;
- teach and model an active prayer life;
- teach and model the importance of private time in the Word by doing it yourself;
- let your children see the importance of the Sacrament by partaking when it’s offered;
- work with their children in learning and reviewing Bible stories and memory treasures.
Here are some materials for you to download and read concerning catechetical instruction at St. Mark: