Middle School (Chi Rho)
Chi Rho is the faith formation ministry for middle school and junior high students typically in grades 6-8 (age 11-15). Chi Rho is the congregation’s confirmation ministry. Chi Rho meets each month from 11:15 am-1:30 pm between September and April. The Chi Rho students also take part in servant activities and weekend events. At the end of the third year, Chi Rho students who have fulfilled the expectations of the program, affirm their faith before the congregation with the Rite of Confirmation and Affirmation of Baptism.
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. In addition to Sunday classes, Chi Rho students are expected to complete one worship worksheet each month, to serve in worship, to participate in overnight events such as Cardboard City, and to take part in servant activities like the Community Meal.
Parents of Chi Rho students are asked to commit as well. This includes participating in 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. Also, parents provide a light lunch on Sunday class days.
Chi Rho is the time when middle school and junior high kids go deeper in 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, and so parents and sponsors, with the support of the congregation, 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 for their own faith formation, with the support of their family and the congregation. 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.