Faith is caught as much as it is taught. We are proud to offer oppurtunities for young people to explore faith for all age levels. Students in middle schools are invited to a time for both learning and growing relationships with one another and with adults in the community. For more information about confirmation and middle school faith forming contact the pastors.
The Ten Commandments: Loving God in Action!
Lesson 2 - The Giving of the Commandments
The correct answer to the survey in Lesson 1 is that God gave commandments to the people of Israel by telling them to Moses up on Mount Sinai while they were on a 40-year journey in the wilderness. This took place about 1,250 years before Jesus was born!
The people of Israel were the descendants of Abraham and Sarah, a couple that God chose to start a family that would live in a relationship with God and bring blessings to the whole world. From that one couple, a whole nation grew. Their grandson Jacob and his wives had 12 sons and one daughter. That large clan eventually moved to Egypt when there was a famine in Israel.
In Egypt the clan grew to be hundreds and hundreds of people. The leader of the country, Pharoah, did not like how strong they were so they were made into slaves who built the cities and pyramids of the Pharoah. But they kept growing! Even when the midwives were told to kill the boy babies, the people grew. (Exodus chapter 1)
One Hebrew baby boy was hidden by his family and later discovered by Pharoah's daughter in a basket in the Nile River. She adopted him. He grew up in Egypt. When he was around 40 years old he had to run away becuase he murdered an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave.
Moses married and was living with his family in Sinai when God called him to be the leader of the Israelites so they could get out of Egypt.
Read the story of Moses meeting God in Exodus chapter 3, watch the YouTube video (The Passover Story for Seder) and answer the questions!
For Lesson 3 on May 24th
Print "The Exodus & The Wandering of the People of Israel in the Wilderness". You do not have to fill it out. Have the paper, a pen, and your Bible ready when you meet with the class on May 24th!
Lesson 1 - Intro to the 10 Commandments
The Ten Commandments are a part of how God wants us all to live our lives in community. This introduction video helps us see how they fit into the way Jesus summarized all God's commandments. You can watch the video and do the assignment with your family participating, too! Here's your assignment.
1. Watch the video. Have your Bible available. The pastor will be reading Matthew 22:24-40. Be ready to read along in your Bible.
2. At the end of the video the pastor asks 3 questions. Write your answers to those questions and put them into an email to Pastor Donna.
The questions are:
What are different ways the world uses the word love?
How are these similar to and different from the love Jesus is talking about here?
What is so amazing about the love Jesus has for you? Why is that?
3. Make a colorful poster of the two commandments Jesus gives us in verse 37 and verse 39. Take a picture and send to Pastor Donna! She'll share them here.
Confirmation Process Guide