Our confirmation ministry for youth in grades 7, 8, and 9 is called “FINK.”  That’s short for Faith Inkubators – the
ministry organization who developed the materials and approach we use.  It’s a combination of large group presentations, small group processing, fellowship events (goofing off!) and service projects.  
The presentations 
combine music, skits, video clips, “game show” previews and reviews, analogies and images as the pastors teach the different parts of our faith.  We cover the major components of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism (Sacraments of Baptism and Communion, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments and Apostle’s Creed), Lutheran Worship and the Bible.
Small Groups are where “the rubber hits the road.”  This is where faith formation happens and relationships are built.  Youth are divided into small groups of between 3-6 youth, based on gender and grade level, and are joined by an Adult  finksters1 Guide and a Youth Mentor, who is a high school student.finksters2
In most cases, the same people are in the same small group all three years of FINK.  The first thing – and perhaps the most important thing – that happens in small group time following each presentation is the sharing of Highs and Lows and praying for each other’s Highs and Lows.  Then guided discussion about the topic of the night takes up most of the rest of small group time, before all groups gather once again in the sanctuary for a wrap-up. 
Fellowship Events and Service Projects –  In addition to FINK NITES (Presentations) every month each small group meets  for either a Fellowship Event or a Service Project (four of each during the FINK year). Fellowship events are times when the group gets together just to have fun being together. It could be a campfire, or going out fishing, or a movie night, riding bikes on the Mesabi Trail, a makeover night. The sky is the limit!  It is a way to build relationships through the sharing of common experiences.  We do Service Projects as serving is something followers of Jesus are called to do.  “We love and serve God by loving and serving people”. From projects at the church, to raking or shoveling for an elderly person, making a meal for someones grandma, baking cookies for someone in grief, visiting and reading to residents at a nursing home, washing the cars of all the group’s parents,cutting and stacking wood, providing child care so parents can go on a date night or shopping or attend an event at church.  The possibilities are endless!



 NOTE:  this does not include dates & times for the additional one time each month for either a service project or fellowship event. Attendance at these are just as important and expected as the FINK NITEs
DATE                              TOPIC                                                                        MAKE UP
September 12              ALL FINK SERVICE PROJECT 6:30 – 8:00 pm
September 19              Apostles Creed: God the Creator                                        The Small Catechism-Unit 16


September 26              Apostles Creed: Jesus the Savior                                        The Small Catechism-Unit 19


October 10                  Apostles Creed: Holy Spirit                                                 The Small Catechism-Unit 21
                                                                                                                            The Small Catechism-Unit 22
October 24                  Lord’s Prayer:  Our Father                                                  The Small Catechism-Unit 9
                                                                                                                            The Small Catechism-Unit 10

November 7                 Lord’s Prayer:  Hallowed                                                    The Small Catechism-Unit 11

November 28               Lord’s Prayer:  Kingdom Come                                            The Small Catechism-Unit 12     

December 5                 Lord’s Prayer:  Will Be Done                                                The Small Catechism-Unit 12

December 19               Lord’s Prayer:  Daily Bread                                                  The Small Catechism-Unit 13

January 2                    Lord’s Prayer:  Forgive Us                                                    The Small Catechism-Unit 14

January 16                  Lord’s Prayer:  Time of Trial                                                 The Small Catechism-Unit 15                                                  

January 30                  Lord’s Prayer:  Deliver Us from Evil                                      The Small Catechism-Unit 15

February 13                 Lord’s Prayer:  Doxology

February 27                 Lutheran Worship:  Gathering





April 24                         Lutheran Worship:  Word

May 8                            Lutheran Worship:  Meal/Sending

May 15                          party/wrap-up (=FELLOWSHIP) and Church & yard cleanup (= SERVICE)

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