Middle school & confirmation
Middle School Forum
Middle School Forum is for 6th – 8th graders. It follows our Confirmation curriculum, but it is open to anyone who wishes to join. Forum is held via zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:15-9:45 am.
We believe that Confirmation is the fulfillment of promises made in Baptism. In partnership with parents, youth, and the whole faith community; Saint Michael strives to prepare and support youth for a life’s journey in Christian Faith. We believe that Confirmation is a relationship. It is a commitment of the whole family to grow together, support, and encourage one another to trust in a God who loves us, cares for us and forgives us.
The Confirmation Program at Saint Michael consists of a three-year commitment to education times, worship, service, and fellowship. This year, the confirmation students are studying the stories of the New Testament. If you would like to learn more about St. Michael’s Confirmation Program, please contact Deacon Coco at email@example.com.
Confirmation classes take place on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:00 pm via Zoom and Sunday nights from 6:00-7:00 pm in the church sanctuary.
Old Testament Lessons
Intro to the Gospels
At the end of the semester, students will be able to identify the four distinct Gospels and the book of Acts by their author, historical context, patterns within their books, and key stories.
Activity: Each student is assigned a Gospel to read the beginning two pages to get to know their Gospel and report back on it.
Lesson 1: Matthew Part 1
Students will be able to identify the key identities of Jesus, compare and contrast Jesus and Moses, as well as talk about how God is with us in human form through Jesus.
Activity: Your student will create a faith web of various individuals both young and old whose faith they admire.
Lesson 2: Matthew Part 2
What does it mean for Jesus to be a servant leader? How does a person model servant leadership in their everyday life? In what ways did Jesus teach us to love our neighbor?
Activity: A basic outlining of what your student learns from the video, a space for them to to write who they see as a servant leader, and ways they serve their neighbor.
Lesson 3: Matthew Parables
Jesus often taught important lessons through a specific kind of story called a parable. Parables provoke the imagination of people by encouraging a new way to see God at work in the world.
Activity: Choose one of the 10 Commandments and write a parable teaching your peers about the commandment you chose.
Lesson 4: Mark Part 1
Jesus goes by many names. One of the most famous questions he asked his disciples is “who do you say that I am.” During our time together, we will begin to identify who Jesus is to us by not just looking at his teachings and miracles, but also by talking about our personal relationship with Jesus.
Activity: Take a headshot/selfie and draw a line down the middle. On one side, write the various ways you identify Jesus. On the other side, write the various ways you identify yourself.
Lesson 5: Mark Part 2
Let’s dig a bit deeper into how we identify Jesus by looking at his countless miracles in the book of Mark. Each miracle is a teaching done for someone who is poor, marginalized, or oppressed. Jesus uses these miracles to teach us how to care for our neighbors.
Activity: You’re a reporter for the local newspaper! Chose a miracle from Mark and write or record a news story on the miracle.
Lesson 6: Mark Part 3
What does it mean that Jesus is the bread of life? We will talk about the extraordinary sacrifice Jesus made for our sins while talking about the greatest commandment given to us at the last supper.
Activity: Time to choose your Bible verse/passage that you will use throughout your time in confirmation.
Lesson 7: John Part 1
Each person decides for themselves who they think Jesus is. In the book of John, students will read “eye witness” accounts of Jesus’ miracles and teachings and talk about their own beliefs.
Activity: Begin to write your faith statement using the Bible verse you chose last week.
Lesson 8: John Part 2
“I am…” as a group, we will use scripture to speak to what Jesus’ “I am” statements and his divine signs mean to our faith. God’s covenant name is revealed through 7 “I am…” statements, 7 “I am” declarations, and 7 signs depicting who Jesus is.
Activity: Continue to write and revise your faith statement. You’ll submit the “final” statement next week.
Lesson 9: John Part 3
Your student will continue to explore and define what it means to be a disciple of Christ by researching the mission of Jesus’ disciples in the Gospel of John.
Activity: “Final” submission of your faith statement. Faith statements are constantly changing which is more than expected. This is your submission for now.
Lesson 10: Luke/Acts (Luke Overview)
Lesson 11: Luke/Acts (Acts Overview)
Lesson 12: Luke/Acts Wrap Up
Lesson 13: Intro to the Letters
Lesson 14: Romans
Lesson 15: 1 & 2 Corinthians
Lesson 16: Galatians
Lesson 17: Ephesians
Lesson 18: Philippians
Lesson 19: Colossians
Lesson 20: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Lesson 21: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
Lesson 22: Hebrews
Lesson 23: James
Lesson 24: James
Lesson 25: 1 & 2 Peter
Lesson 26: 1-3 John
Lesson 27: Jude
Lesson 28: Revelation
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