Christian education is the responsibility of both the family and the Church. When a child is baptized, the parents make a covenant with God and the Church to teach their children the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the 10 Commandments, to place in his/her hands the Holy Scriptures, and to provide for his/her education in the Christian faith.
Confirmation is not a way to fully fulfill the baptismal covenant, but it is a way to provide a structured learning environment in which a young Christian can engage the faith, the scriptures, and the mission of the church.
At Bethlehem, catechism classes are held for youth in grades 6 through 8. The Wednesday evening program runs in the fall for all three grades; and the 8th grade continues in the winter and spring in preparation for Confirmation.
Confirmation is usually held in the spring. Students have a public examination followed by the affirmation of baptism the following week.