Youth Catechesis

As the young people in the congregation begin to mature, they are invited to begin a two year study of the Holy Scriptures and the fundamental doctrines of the Lutheran Church. Using the Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, and other resources, the essential elements of the Christian Faith are taught and discussed.

The first year of instruction walks through the Bible and looks at major events and figures. All of the sessions also include how the texts of scripture are related to the six chief parts of Luther's Small Catechism.

The second year features more in-depth examination of the catechism and doctrines of the Christian faith and Lutheranism. The six chief parts of Luther's Small Catechism which are the subject of year two, are:

  1. Ten Commandments
  2. Apostles' Creed
  3. Lord's Prayer
  4. Baptism
  5. Lord's Supper
  6. Office of the Keys

In addition to study of scriptural matters, the participants are also brought into the service life of the congregation through assisting in worship as acolytes, and reading lessons. As part of the community of Grace, it is incumbent on all members and catechumens to join in and support the mission and ministry of the church.

At the end of the two years, the students are tasked with writing a profession of faith. This is a statement of what their faith means to them and what it really means to be a Christian.

Confirmation of the individuals who successfully complete the course, is generally held near Easter. When confirmed, the full rights of membership in Grace Lutheran Church are granted.