What is a Children’s Catechism?
Great question! A catechism is simply a set of questions and answers that provide a summary of Christian doctrine. In our children’s catechism, there are 150 questions and answers specifically written for children that outline what we, as Reformed Christians, believe about God, the Bible, our relationship with God, and the Church.
Why would we teach this when our kids don’t even know all the Bible stories?
We are glad you asked. The value of a catechism is that it begins to build a theological framework through which your children can understand the Bible. Many children have heard familiar Christian language such as God, sin, and covenant but do not really have working definitions of these terms. The children’s catechism fills in the gaps, giving your children a solid foundation to grow in their faith and eventually share their faith with others.
Are you sure that teaching a catechism is still relevant for families and churches in 2021?
Catechism is an old word that comes from the Greek word catechesis, which means to echo. Teaching students to answer questions from memory has helped children grow spiritually since the Reformation in the 16th century!
Today, we continue to see many kids, teens, and adults grow in their understanding of who God is and what He has done for us through the memorization of these great truths. It is as simple as calling out a question and having the student answer in return. You can call it catechesis or you can call it learning. We prefer to call it learning!