Milestone 10: Connecting our Faith through Confirmation

Connecting our Faith through Confirmation

A Milestone Celebration for 4th graders.

“Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure.” Proverbs 4:27

As tweens begin to “connect the dots” in their survey study of the Old Testament, they grow in their awareness of the One Story of the Bible – the story of God’s redemption.  It is an exciting time of coming together as a body of faithful disciples through the study of Old Testament scripture and discussions that center around faith and life connections.


Gifts for Remembrance

Each child will receive a stone to add to their faith chest to remember this milestone. The faith stone will have one of two symbols: either two footprints at the foot of the cross, reminding us of the readiness to step forward with both feet as God’s faithful disciples; or a triquetra, which reminds us that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are intimately connected, and so is the church body connected in unity with God.

Books for the Home

As you celebrate this milestone in your child’s faith journey, here are some books you may want to add to your family library.

For Kids:

For Parents:

Faith Practices for the Home

Caring Conversations

  • Explore together the characters of the Old Testament and the way that God used ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
  • Discuss together the daily choices that your tween faces and how God is glorified through the words we say and the actions we take.
  • Continue to reassure your tween of God’s grace that is ever-present in his or her life.  Encourage your tween when he or she makes mistakes and remind them that God’s forgiveness is for all who ask.

Daily Devotions

  • Read together the scriptures being studied in Sunday School using the weekly postcard provided.
  • Spend time exploring your tween’s Student Bible and the marvelous tools and resources it provides.  Use the timelines, subject guide, and notes to make connections between the stories of the Old Testament and the ONE STORY of God’s redemption.
  • Pray together on a daily basis remembering teachers and leaders in your tweens life.

Family Traditions

  • Make Sunday School and worship attendance a priority in your family schedule.  This is the first of a three-year-long Confirmation Journey for your tween that will build a foundation for a lifetime of learning and faithful discipleship.
  • Celebrate the family traditions that build community and strengthen relationships in your family.

Servant Acts

  • Adopt one mission project that your family can participate in together.  Plan how you will serve as a family to someone who is in need.
  • Make connections with other families who are serving in your church or community.  Celebrate your acts of service by sharing with one another the impact that serving together has on your family.

Professing our Faith: Catechism Connections

Presbyterians have historically professed their faith through their creeds, confessions and catechisms.  Belonging to God: A First Catechism provides simple language for parents and children as they profess their faith.

Question 15. What is the covenant?

Answer:  The covenant is an everlasting agreement between God and Israel.

Scripture background: Genesis 9:12-13; Romans 11:29; Genesis 15:18; Genesis 17:4; Psalm 89:3-4; Hebrews 8:10

Question 16. What is in this agreement?

Answer:  When God called Abraham and Sarah, God promised to bless their family, which was later called Israel.  Through the people of Israel, God vowed to bless all the peoples of the earth.  God promised to be Israel’s God, and they promised to be God’s people.  God vowed to love Israel and to be their hope forever, and Israel vowed to worship and serve only God.

Scripture background: Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 17:1-7; Exodus 6:6-7; Exodus 24:3; Jeremiah 7:23; Galatians 3;14; I Peter 2:9-10

Question 17. How did God keep this covenant?

Answer:  God led Israel out of slavery in Egypt, gave them the Ten Commandments through Moses, and brought them into the land that God had promised.

Scripture background: Exodus 15:13; Joshua 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:29-30

Question 20.  Did the people keep their covenant with God?

Answer:  Though some remained faithful, the people too often worshiped other gods and did not love each other as God commanded.  They showed us how much we all disobey God’s law.

Scripture background: Exodus 32:1; I John 5:21; Deuteronomy 29:25-27

Question 21.  What did God do to bring them back to the covenant?

Answer:  Although God judged the people when they sinned, God still loved them and remained faithful to them.  God sent them prophets to speak God’s word.  God gave them priests to make sacrifices for their sins.  God called kings to protect the needy and guarantee justice.  As last God promised to send the Messiah.

Scripture background: I Samuel 3:19-20; Exodus 28:1; I Samuel 16:13; Jeremiah 23:5; Isaiah 9:6; Acts 3:18, 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 18:33-37

Faith Development for 9-12 Years Old

These children are on the threshold of adolescence  – they are no longer children, but not yet teenagers – they are “tweens.”  This is a time they especially need consistent input from significant adults.  Their lives and faith are greatly influenced by the expectations of others.  Physical sexual development and a newfound interest in the opposite sex may begin to emerge.  Hormones make them emotionally volatile and fragile.  Children vacillate between the need for dependence and independence.  Social relationships are marked by moodiness on the one hand and improved relational and verbal skills on the other.  They are beginning to reason and question on a more abstract level. From Vibrant Faith Milestones Ministry

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