“Pastor’s Class AND Confirmation Class”? What’s the difference?
And why does IPC offer both options to our children, youth and adults?
Here at IPC we see our diversity as a form of strength, a sign of God’s marvelous love. And in that diversity, we recognize that we come from a variety of traditions and Christian backgrounds. Some of our members were baptized as infants, some as children, some as youth, and some as adults. Baptism may have been in the form of sprinkling, pouring, or total immersion. Some folks here have not yet been baptized and are still exploring their growing faith.
Because of our diversity, we offer both “Pastor’s Classes” and “Confirmation Classes” for all ages:
Traditionally, the Pastor’s Class is a class offered to someone preparing for baptism as an older child, a youth or adult; someone who is ready to make their personal Good Confession and celebrate the sacrament of Baptism in their life.
Confirmation Class is a class offered to older children, youth, or adults who were baptized when they were too young to make their own confession. Usually the confession was made by their parents on their behalf. Now, as they have grown older, they are ready to “confirm” the decisions and confessions made on their part.
Both classes and individual study are offered on a regular basis to be inclusive of the wide variety of ages and needs of our congregation.
In addition, an annual “Early Communion” Class is offered for younger children and their parents. This class is a 3-session event that introduces the Sacrament of Communion/Eucharist/Lord’s Supper to children who are too young for Pastor’s Class or Confirmation but who are interested in learning more about this wonderful sacrament.
If you are interested in learning more, contact the Pastor: