Children & Youth

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Children & Youth

ECMN has a history of providing transformative formation opportunities for children and youth, allowing them to take ownership of their own faith by rooting in the story of Jesus, connecting with one another, and building community across our diocese’s vast geography.

A light blue square with bright orange-red text reads, "B4 Diocesan Confirmation Class." The ECMN logo is in the top right corner. A light blue square with bright orange-red text reads, "B4 Diocesan Confirmation Class." The ECMN logo is in the top right corner.

B4: Diocesan Confirmation Class

Discipleship is the core of the Christian experience. As Episcopalians, we take seriously the call to make disciples who are rooted in Jesus, and we are commissioned as partners with Christ in this work.

Living out our baptismal vows, we promise to "help [young people] grow into the full stature of Christ." Confirmation is historically the transition to adult membership in our communities of faith. 

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is offering a simple format for Christian Education for Confirmation for faith communities of all sizes.  This four-part curriculum will bring together young people from across the diocese for four Zoom meetings, which will each focus on four different elements of Christian formation necessary to shaping young people into full members of our faith communities. The purpose of this curriculum is to offer a simple option for Confirmation curriculum, to support existing relationships, and to help build new ones among young people across ECMN. 

Starting in the Winter of 2023, students grade 9+ are invited to join together via Zoom to explore four sessions, Before Confirmation, (B4), instructing them on how to live lives for Jesus. 

The classes will meet on: 
Sunday, January 8
Sunday, February 5 
Sunday, March 5
Sunday, April 16

Attendance at these classes will satisfy the requirements for participation in Confirmation on April 29 at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Faith communities may also continue to conduct confirmation services during the Bishop's visitations, if you prefer.

If you’re satisfied with what your own faith community is offering for Confirmation, students are not required to participate. But, if you as a priest, deacon, or youth worker are looking for a resource, please give this one a shot! 

Confirmation Sponsors/Mentors/Presenters: Candidates for Confirmation are welcome to have a confirmed adult from their faith community with them on this journey to help contextualize their learnings and root them back into their sending community of faith. Those adults are welcome to be present in this class, and are invited to indicate so on their registration by marking "Adult Companion" in the drop-down field.