BreakThru: From Catechism to Christ

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WELCOME to BreakThru, Epiphany’s confirmation program designed to prepare students for the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism and to help them grow in knowledge, understanding, and relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s people. This meaningful program combines worship, learning events, outreach and service, and fellowship to strengthen the faith journey of young people. By connecting with Christ and each other, our students learn fundamental Biblical principles and teachings based on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism including the Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, sacraments, and other faith topics. Students deepen their knowledge and relationships and make a positive difference in their homes, communities, and the world. Students are challenged to live their faith through service to others. At BreakThru, students are challenged to understand Christianity as a way of life, not just a Word.
 
Confirmation at Epiphanyis a 32-month program beginning in March of each year for students who are in at least the 6th grade and culminating in the celebration of the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism on Reformation Sunday (last Sunday in October) of each year. 
 
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New Student Registration February 1-28

For students in grades 6 and up

Our confirmation program begins with a Bridge Year each spring in March and April for students beginning their confirmation journey. Registration is open to any student in at least the sixth grade and runs during the month of February each year with a mandatory student and parent orientation in March.

Under special circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, we also welcome students to jump in at other times during the year. If you have any questions about registration or getting involved in Epiphany’s confirmation ministry, please contact our youth director.

 
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According to the ELCA’s Task Force on Confirmation Ministry, “Confirmation ministry is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church that helps the baptized through Word and Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission.” Confirmation, also known as Affirmation of Baptism, marks the completion of the congregation’s program of confirmation ministry, a period of instruction in the Christian faith as confessed in the teachings of the Lutheran Church. Those who have completed this program were made members of the church in baptism. Confirmation includes a public profession of the faith into which candidates were baptized, underscoring God’s action in their baptism. If you want to learn more about baptism, please contact one of our pastors at (937) 433-1449.
 

Learning Events (September-May)

The core of our confirmation program runs from September through May along with service and fellowship events throughout the year. Students gather together on select Sundays for a time of thought-provoking teaching, authentic community in small groups, and lots of fun in a safe and encouraging environment. Learning events feature music, skits, quiz/game shows, snacks, and an educational presentation. The students then divide into small groups, led by trained small group guides for discussion and sharing. Service, Worship, Education and Fellowship
 

Service, Worship, Education and Fellowship

As part of our integrated program, students are involved in the life of the church in a variety of service opportunities including serving in the Child Care Center, helping out with children’s Sunday School, ushering for worship, and much more. Students also participate in regular worship and education opportunities. 
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BreakThru Confirmation Program Manual

This manual for parents and students includes everything you need to know for your confirmation journey at Epiphany. 
 

BreakThru Worship Reflections

Capture important notes and reflections from worship services. 
 

Service Credit Form

Document and reflect on service experiences to receive service credits.
 

Annual Parental Consent Medical Liability Media Release

Every student must have an Epiphany Parental Consent and Liability Release form on file. The form must be updated annually, typically at the beginning of the new school year. If the form is completed in the middle of a school year, it will need to be renewed at the beginning of the next new school year. To ensure the health and safety of all students, please fill out the form completely including insurance information. Forms are available at both campus Welcome Centers as well as online.