Confirmation is a rite of the church that is preceded by a time of instruction in God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine. It is a systematic way to help baptized children of God grow in their faith and knowledge of God, and to identify more closely with the Lutheran Church.
Confirmation is not mentioned in Scripture. It is, therefore not commanded by God like the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. However, confirmation was seen early on by the Church as an important rite that helped solidify the relationship of the student and Jesus Christ.
For many years a person could not commune until he or she was confirmed. However, Abiding Savior offers communion to youth in fifth grade or above when they have completed a special instruction class on the Lord’s Supper, and they feel they are ready to commune. A student may also wait until they are confirmed to participate in the Lord’s Supper.
At Abiding Savior, confirmation is a two-year instruction period generally during the seventh and eigth grade (or above) years of a youth, with the rite of confirmation taking place at the end of the second year.