Beginning in Grade 6, youth can participate in many faith-development opportunities at Mount Olive.
Metamorphosis is an intergenerational learning experience designed to help us more deeply embody and understand our shared faith through communal experiences as you prepare to move towards the congregational rite known as Affirmation of Baptism (often called Confirmation). Through many eras of the history of the Church, preparing for Affirmation of Baptism has been a deep, rigorous, and formative process. We seek to continue this tradition in our congregation today.
This experience is a team endeavor, and requires a fair amount of discipline: from the Confirmands seeking to affirm their baptism, from their families who support and learn alongside them, and from this congregation that has promised to support and pray for them. It is not a compulsory program required for each youth member of the congregation. Rather, it only seeks to be an intensive relationship-building experience designed to deepen your faith and prepare you to be an even more active member in this congregation and in the world at large.
Together, we will seek to learn what it means to be the people of God in our context, and how we might respond as individuals and as a community to God’s Good News for humanity and all creation. This is not to be taken lightly. If you commit to this, commit to it. Make time for it. Prioritize it. If that means taking a break from another activity for two years while you commit to this, so be it. We think this process gets at the heart of what it means for us to be Christ’s people, and we are really excited about it.
So, are you in?
Metamorphosis is, at minimum, a two year intensive movement. It is targeted specifically for students in Middle School (beginning at Grade 6) to provide meaningful development in preparation for Affirmation of Baptism. It also seeks to provide opportunities on Wednesday evenings for their families, along with people of all ages, to learn, explore, and develop in our shared faith life together.
Metamorphosis runs the entirety of the program year (September through May) on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m., engaging multiple learning styles in multiple venues. Midweek, diverse voices will be heard and shared at our evening intergenerational (and family!) gathering, while Sunday mornings will provide space for Confirmands to learn in a peer-focused setting. Each year we will make our way through a threefold pattern corresponding with the seasons of Fall, Winter, and Spring: Proclaim Story, Proclaim Justice, and Proclaim Community, respectively.
On Sunday mornings from 9:15 -10:15 a.m, students in grades 6-7 will be using Sparkhouse’s Colaborate . This will help them expand what they are learning on Wednesday evening Metamorphosis. This curriculum resource uses a problem-based learning approach to help students think theologically and ask deep questions about the Bible, Lutheran History, and their lives as people of faith. There are four units the youth will engage in over two years covering topics dealing with the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), Lutheran History and Catechism, the New Testament, and Lutheran Living. Find them in Youth Room 7/8.
Please note that the rite of Confirmation is always observed on the last Sunday in October, on Reformation Day.
For more information contact Pastor Paul and check out this link with important information and dates.
The best way to learn about the Sacraments is to participate in them. We call this mystagogy: teaching through participation in the mystery of God’s presence in, with, and under the Word, the Water, the Bread and the Wine. We have ongoing opportunities for you to learn about what it means to be invited into Baptism and Communion.
Preparation for baptism begins with a conversation with a pastor. Please contact the Church Office at 507.288.1580 to schedule a thirty minute meeting with Pastor Glenn or Pastor Paul to learn, share, and prepare for this important congregational event.
People of all ages (yes, even small children!) are welcome to join the whole church at the Communion table. An intergenerational session called Welcome to Communion: An Introduction to the Sacrament is available twice a year for those who want to learn more about the sacrament (October 22, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. and February 25, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. ). All ages are welcome.