Confirmation training

International Confirmation Training

Nuori kirkko ry. “The Young Church Association” organizes two International Confirmation Training camps in 2019:

  • International Confirmation Training KV70, from July 1st to 10th 2019. The Confirmation Mass is held at Pieksämäki on Wednesday July 10th at 2p.m.
  • International Confirmation Training KV71, from July 12th to 21st 2019. The Confirmation Mass is held at Pieksämäki on Sunday July 21st at 2p.m.
    This Training is already full, you can queue to it.

 

REGISTRATION 2019

 

For more information:
Elise Kyttä, elise.kytta@nuorikirkko.fi 040 731 8578
Annika Väänänen, annika.vaananen@nuorikirkko.fi 044 299 0553

Structure of Confirmation training

There are about 35 young participants from Finland and 35 participants from other countries in one Confirmation Training.


Our Confirmation Training has been divided in three different parts:

  1. part where we would like you to get in touch with your local parish and participate in their activities. As each community is different their activities varies slightly at times. Please contact your pastor or the congregational youth worker and make an appointment with them. three different parts.
  2. part includes tasks which are sent to participants during winter time.
  3. part is camp , which last 9 days and is held in Partaharju, Pieksämäki.

 

1. My home congregation

With the first letter in October you will also receive a letter to be given to the local pastor/minister. In that letter is told that the young adolescent is coming to Confirmation Training of the Young Church Association (Nuori kirkko ry). Local congregation is asked to help this Confirmand to take part local activities.

The duty of a local parish (in Finland) is to help their member to take part different congregational activities. If this is not possible we do have our own rule of this.

To help local parishes the Finnish Church has written a leaflet My home congregation. You need to fill in this leaflet together with local congregation worker.

This duty is for every Confirmand. If you are living in a country without any Christian Church, you can follow Finnish Lutheran Worship Services  in Finnish (https://evl.fi/verkkokirkko)(https://evl.fi/webbkyrkan).

2. Tasks to do in your own country

All confirmands both Finns and others have the same Confirmation Training tasks: First letter (in October), Second e-mail and moodle platform (February, invitation e-mail) and Third letter (May).

They need to explain if  they have had religious teaching and what kind of. And if they haven’t had any they’ll have additional tasks to complete.

The tasks are reviewed in the order we receive them. If confirmand hasn’t done these before the camp part he needs to complete these at the camp on his free time.

3. Camp

The Camp part of the International Confirmation Trainings is held at the Partaharjun toimintakeskus in Pieksämäki. The camp part of our Confirmation Trainings are organised one after another in July. One Confirmation Training every year is ment to be held together with The Finnish Seamen’s Mission and they’ll send one leader to the camp.

Contact with parents

With first Confirmation Training letter we’ll send a letter to parents. There is some basic information of Finnish Confirmation Training and what it includes. Confirmation Training Plan is informed.

We are asking the parents to write a letter to the leaders of Confirmation Training because we find that the role of parents is very important. Coming to the camp part of Confirmation Training we’ll collect Important information – leaflet, this is for safety reasons. We’ll find out from that leaflet parents contact information during camp part if we need contact them during camp.

About half of parents or relatives of confirmands are visiting camp on Visitors day. The program of the day is quite compact because those confirmands who doesn’t get any visitors can enjoy the day.

We are invited parents and relatives to join the Confirmation Training closing event in Partaharju Activity Centre on the morning of Confirmation Mass.

Confirmation

Konfirmaatio, kansainväliset rippikoulut

Bus is taking all confirmands to the Pieksämäki Veturitallit where they are dressed to the alb. You can buy the Confirmation picture before and after Confirmation Mass.

Confirmands are coming with procession in and are seated in font benches. The program of the Confirmation Mass is distributed at doors. More information is given before Mass. Confirmation Mass is about 1.5 hours long and it’s bilingual. You can take photos at your seat.

After Confirmation we’ll ask one of the godparents of every confirmand to come at altar behind their godchild. Godparent together with the Confirmation Training leaders are blessing the youngster as they were blessing them at their baptism.

After Confirmation Mass confirmands are going out of church as procession, they’ll give the alb away and after all this they are ready to congratulate, to give flowers and to say farewell.

Staff at confirmation training

At the International Confirmation Trainings of Nuori kirkko there is seven employees, three assistant teachers, who are also over 18 years old and who have been group leaders before.

At least one of the staff members is a pastor of Finnish Lutheran Church and one is music teacher. The other employees are mostly students of Church youth work or theology.

We in Nuori kirkko are obeying the Finnish church rule statute orders and criterion of Confirmation Training teacher. Also it is very important that all the teachers have a good knowledge about the religion they are teaching

The tasks are reviewed in the order we receive them. If confirmand hasn’t done these before the camp part he needs to complete these at the camp on his free time.

FAQ

How and when can I apply to Confirmation training?

To apply to Confirmation training, please use the online form located on our home page. Training dates are usually published in March, and the application can be accessed at any time. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an e-mail as soon as possible confirming your application. If you have any questions, please contact our office: +358 44 299 0553. Those applying for the waiting list, should follow the same process.

Does the Young Church Association (Nuori Kirkko) provide the same Confirmation training as local parishes in Finland?

Yes, we follow the same Confirmation training plan as local parishes of the Lutheran Church of Finland. Our Confirmation training is international and we use both Finnish and English during the classes and during all other activities.

Why is the participation fee of Confirmation training higher than in the local parish?

Local parishes in Finland receive church tax revenue, which they use to cover some of the costs associated with Confirmation training. Seeing as how we are an independently run organization, we do not receive any tax revenue and therefore must request a higher fee from our training participants. However, in order to make our services more accessible, we do offer a plan in which payments can be made in three different installments.

Can I attend Confirmation training if I am under 15 years old?

Fourteen-year-old prospects are permitted into Confirmation training so long as it is within the calendar year they have their 15th birthday. For all other younger persons who will not turn 15 within the calendar year, there are some special circumstances under which Confirmation training is allowed. Requests for these special accommodations allowing early admittance into Confirmation training should be taken to the vicar of your home congregation.

Can I attend Confirmation training if I’m not baptized?

Yes, you can attend Confirmation training without having been baptized. You can also attend the training if you are not a member of Finnish Lutheran Church. In order to be confirmed however, you must be baptized and join/belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is possible to be baptized during our Confirmation training. In order for us to baptize you at one of our camps, you must gather the necessary forms from your local parish office before attending training. Please contact the pastor of your Confirmation training camp for more information and details.

What if I’ve been baptized in a denomination other than Finnish Evangelical Lutheran?

So long as you have a church membership form that shows you have had a Christian baptism, it is not necessary for you to be baptized again. If your church membership form does not show any record of your baptism, please send a copy of your baptism certificate to the Nuori Kirkko office before your Confirmation training starts.

How can I participate in the activities of my home congregation while I’m taking part in Nuori kirkko Confirmation training?

Our Confirmation training includes a module in conjunction with participants’ home parish. This portion of training requires about 20 hours and can be completed in different ways. For example, these hours can be obtained by participating in services and congregational events in your home congregation. Regardless of how these hours are accumulated, your home congregation is responsible for these activities, and you should work with your pastor or youth worker in order to complete this requirement. If you would like to learn more about this requirement now, there is additional information in the tab labeled “My home congregation.”

What if I can’t work with my home congregation to complete this module?

Your local congregation is responsible for organizing suitable activities for you, but if this proves to be an issue, you can contact our office and we will send you a leaflet offering alternative ways to proceed.

How can I take part in the activities, if I’m is not a member of the Lutheran Church?

If you are not a member of the Lutheran Church, you should find out which local congregation you will belong to after the Confirmation training. You should then contact the local Lutheran (or Christian) Congregation to become a member if you wish to be confirmed.

How can I take part in the activities if there is no Christian church in my home country?

When you are visiting Finland, you can participate in worship services and other congregational events in local parishes. It is also possible to participate in some congregational activities via internet.

What do I do if I’ve had little or no religious education?

Before coming to training, you need to read To be a Christian in Finland. This book offers information about the activities of the Finnish Church and local congregations, as well as a few general points about faith in Finland. For English speakers, you might also find Finnish Catechism a useful book to read as well. More information about religion in Finland will be provided during Confirmation training.

What are the housing accommodations like at camp?

You will be housed in a room with 2-5 other participants in one of our activity buildings.

What will the food be like during Confirmation training?

Activity Center Partaharju mostly serves homemade Finnish food. If you have food allergies or follow a special diet, please contact our office directly before you begin training.

Are visitors allowed during Confirmation training?

We will host a visitor’s day, on which we will warmly welcome visitors in to camp to see how training is going. Detailed information about the specifics of this day will be provided in the final Confirmation training letter. Visitors are only allowed on this specific day.

Are friends and relatives allowed to attend the closing ceremony at Confirmation training?

Yes, all friends and relatives are welcome to this event. We will hold the closing ceremony on the morning of the last day of Confirmation training, just before Confirmation Mass. We also invite all visitors to join us for lunch in Partaharju after the closing ceremony, before Confirmation Mass. We will provide more detailed information in the last Confirmation training letter.

When and where is Confirmation Mass?

Confirmation Mass is held in Pieksämäki Veturitori, on the last day of Confirmation Training. More details will be provided in the last Confirmation training letter

Do my godparents take part in Confirmation Mass?

Yes, you are allowed to have one godparent at the altar to bless you. If your godparent can’t be present, you can ask another relative or good friend to perform this task.

What kinds of clothes should I wear at Confirmation Mass?

For Confirmation Mass you will wear a white alb over your clothing. The alb will be borrowed from the Pieksämäki congregation, but you will be responsible for the clothing you wear under the alb. For this attire, we advise avoiding bright colors, as they can be seen through the alb. Otherwise, we ask that you wear proper clothing, keeping the occasion in mind. Please choose socks and shoes carefully. You will dress in your full dress in Partaharju before the closing ceremony.

Can my family organize a Confirmation celebration in Pieksämäki?

Families are allowed to hold Confirmation celebrations in Partaharju. Reservations of space should be made by contacting the Partaharju manager. There are several spaces to host celebrations in Pieksämäki as well.

Will organized transportation to the Activity Center Partaharju be offered from the Pieksämäki railway station?

We will not offer organized transportation, so visitors will need to make their own way to Partaharju. Trains and busses run through Pieksämäki from various parts of Finland. From the stations, the easiest way to come to Partaharju is by taxi. Partaharju is 8 kilometers from the stations.

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