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2021-2022 FINK (Confirmation) Registration!

Please fill a registration out for

EACH child in 7th, 8th and 9th grades

Click HERE to access the 2021-2022 registration form

Click HERE to access the 2021 – 2022 FINK Schedule

Click HERE to access the 2021 – 2022 FINK Sermon Notes Google Form online

Click HERE to download a WORD DOC of Sermon Notes sheet

 
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Soooo….WHAT IS FINK?

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. 
 
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS – PER THE SCHEDULE
 
Large Group Presentationsfinksters1
AKA “FINK Nites” combine music, skits, video clips, “game show” previews and reviews, analogies and images as Pastor Dave teaches 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
finksters2This is 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 Guide. 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.   Discussion about the topic of the night takes up most of the rest of small group time.
 
Final 15
All small groups gather once again in the sanctuary for a wrap-up called “. This is a contemplative and candlelit time together for reflective prayer.  This is often the favorite part of the night for our youth!  Sr. High youth and the mixed choir, along with parents of FINK students also are part of the Final 15.
 
 
 
FELLOWSHIP EVENTS AND SERVICE PROJECTS
 
Fellowship Events
Having fun.  Goofing off.  Spending time together.  Creating shared memories.  Each small group will plan and take part in four Fellowship Events together.  This could be on those Wednesdays when we do not have FINK presentations, or it could be agreed upon to do it at another more convenient time.  What are some possible Fellowship Events?  Having a campfire.  Going for a bike ride on the Mesabi Trail. Having a game night.  Going to the game together.  Playing broomball against another small group. The sky is the limit!  There may be times when all small groups do this together. 
 
Service Projects
God calls us to live lives of service.  God calls us to “love and serve God by loving and serving people”.   It is very clear in God’s call to each and everyone of us that we serve others by sharing God’s love. We should always be the hands and feet of our God and Savior. Each small group will plan and take part in four service projects.  This might include helping with a dinner at church, or , raking or other outdoor work for the elderly.  It could be upkeep of the church property, visiting a nursing home and much more. (how about washing every parent’s car! And don’t forget Pastor Dave’s and Nikki’s cars too!) 
 
 
OTHER COMPONENTS
 
 
Each Fink Youth is to complete 20 Sermon notes each year of FINK – 60 over the course of three years.  Forms are available in the church lobby area. Click HERE to access the online Sermon Notes form.
 
Home Huddles 
Each FINK family is expected to do regular devotions. Ideally “every night in every home.” Each FINK Nite students will be given a take home sheet with those devotions on them.  Of the 14 FINK Nights, family’s are expected to sign and turn in 5  Home Huddle Sheets. That would be for a total of 15 Home Huddle sheets over the course of the three years. 
 
10th Grade Retreat
Prior to Affirmation of Baptism (aka “Confirmation”)  in the Fall of their sophomore year, all 10th graders take part in a retreat/workshop.  This is a time to review what we have covered in FINK in preparation to writing a Faith Statement. This year’s retreat is scheduled for Sunday, October 3rd from 11am-8pm at Camp Hiawatha.
 
Lent Faith Mentoring
Each FINK Student chooses an adult of the congregation to be their Faith Mentor during the season of Lent each of the three years of FINK.  The student and mentor worship together at the mid-week worship services and participate in a guided discussion  about life and faith, an the worship service they just experienced. 
 
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 2021-2022 FINK Schedule with links to Make up work
 
 
DATE                        TOPIC                                                             LINKS TO MAKE UP WORK
download, print, do the work, and mail or email back to Pastor Dave david@saintand.org
 
September 15             God the Creator                                            It was very Good – God
 
September 29               Jesus the Savior                                                 Jesus is God
 
October 13                     Holy Spirit                                                            Who is the Holy Spirit
 
October 27                    Lord’s Prayer: Our Father                                  Our Father
 
November 3                  Lord’s Prayer: Hallowed                                    Hallowed
 
November 17                 Lord’s Prayer: Kingdom Come                        Kingdom come will be done
 
December 1                  Lord’s Prayer:  Will Be Done                              Kingdom come will be done
 
December 15               Lord’s Prayer:  Daily Bread                                  Daily Bread
 
January 5                      Lord’s Prayer:  Forgive Us                                    Forgive
 
January 19                    Lord’s Prayer:  Time of Trial                                  Save and Deliver
 
February 2                   Lord’s Prayer:  Doxology
 
February 16                  Lutheran Worship Gathering/Word
 
April 20                         Lutheran Worship:  Meal/Sending