Youth: Rite of Affirmation Preparation
How Do We Live Our Baptism? Five Gifts of Discipleship
Affirmation of Baptism
Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
RESPONSE: I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.
Preparing for the Affirmation of Baptism
How do we prepare confirmands to answer the question: Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism? That’s a big question. Fortunately, the question in the Affirmation of Baptism includes a five-fold guide for living our baptism—the Five Gifts of Discipleship. (See Handout #1)
Arrange opportunities for the confirmands to explore each of the Five Gifts of Discipleship. How are these gifts from God? How do these gifts help us to follow Jesus? Adapt the following activities into a format which works best in your setting. Possibilities include a mini-retreat, two-sessions, or a five-week series. (See ELCA web page: www.elca.org/faithpractices for additional Five Gifts of Discipleship resources.)
Explore the Five Gifts of Discipleship! These activities can be done alone or with a group.
Live among God’s faithful people
Interview 3 people who you admire for their faith. Sample interview questions: How has your faith helped you in life? What faith practices do you use on a regular basis?
Pray for those you interview every day for a week.
Hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
Assist in worship (provide music, serve as greeters, select hymns, read lessons.)
Visit someone who can’t come to worship due to illness. Bring church to him or her!
Proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
Select people in your life who are discouraged and share the good news of God in Christ.
Serve all people, following the example of Jesus
Choose a local non-profit agency who is serving the community. Find a way to help by serving food, reading books, cleaning up trash, or helping in some other way.
Strive for justice and peace in all the earth
Select an issue of injustice which you feel strongly about and learn the facts. Then, share your findings with someone who can make a difference. In doing so, you make a difference!
Create: What does it mean to live our baptism?
Show your answer by creating a collage, mobile, essays, diary, film, music or other project. Include at least one symbol of baptism, such as a cross or water. Display these projects at your church.