Middle School (Chi Rho) has begun!
Chi Rho has begun our 2020 - 2021 year via Zoom! Chi Rho is our faith formation confirmation ministry for middle school and junior high students usually in grades 6-8 (age 11-15).
Each year of the confirmation ministry has a particular focus: year 1 is the Old Testament, year 2 is the New Testament, and year 3 is Christian faith and the Lutheran tradition. Parents of Chi Rho students are asked to commit as well. This includes participating in Facebook worship with their kid(s), praying with and for them, reading the Bible together, and talking about faith and the Chi Rho experience as a family.
Chi Rho is the time when middle school and junior high kids go deeper into learning about their faith and what it means to be a baptized Child of God. In the Lutheran Church, most people are baptized as a baby. With the support of the congregation, parents and sponsors are entrusted with the responsibility for nurturing the faith of their child. Chi Rho prepares young people to take responsibility for their own life and growth in faith. When Chi Rho students have completed confirmation and affirmed their faith before the congregation, they are now responsible to continue their ongoing faith formation, with the congregation and their families' support. They promise to be active among God’s people, to hear God’s word and share in communion, to witness to Jesus Christ in their words and actions, to follow Jesus in serving all people, and to seek justice and peace in the world. Their affirmation of faith is a way of responding to the grace God has given them – and us – in Jesus Christ.
For our next class on October 18th, 10:30 AM-12 PM (via Zoom) please complete the following: ~tell your youth the story of their baptism (provide as many details as possible) ~complete 6 Faith Home Huddles on pages 6-7 of youth Journal. Each is composed of both youth & adult sharing highs and lows for that day, the Bible verse assigned, making a connection to the Bible verse, and each high and low shared, praying for one another and blessing each other. For a blessing sample, see the bottom/right side of page 5 for example. These Huddles are to be done a minimum of 6 times per lesson. Therefore there will likely be 12 each month. Each will take 10-15 minutes. If you get in the habit of doing these huddles each day, with your youth, it will add a faith component to their daily life. Please have youth write their answers in their journal. ~Work through Chapter 2 of the Youth Journal with your child (pgs 9-16) Be sure to complete Faith Quiz Bowl on pg 13 (youth marking their answers in their journal) This chapter will take up to 30 minutes to complete. ~Use the blessing on the side of page 13 as your blessing for the next 6 Home Huddles (to be completed on pages 14-15). "See ya" on Oct 18!