Upcoming DIG Events
DIG Celebration: May 21
Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)
Catechism for Children
What is catechism?
Catechism is a question-and-response way of memorizing foundational theological truths.
Historically catechisms were written with at least three purposes. The first was to set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel—not only in order to explain clearly what the gospel is, but also to lay out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrine of God, of human nature, of sin, and so forth. The second purpose was to do this exposition in such a way that the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted. The third and more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counter-culture that reflected the likeness of Christ not only in individual character but also in the church’s communal life. – The Gospel Coalition
For these purposes, centuries-old catechisms have been adapted in recent years to benefit today’s families.
We’ve added The New City Catechism to our DIG Library. Be sure to check it out!
Other helpful resources on catechism:
-Tim Keller video explaining the value of catechism
-New City Catechism free interactive iPad app
–Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism flash cards, scout book, or free pdf download
April’s Memory Verses
Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)
5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
7th-8th Grade: John 20:22-23
Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter
During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:
- Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
- Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.
Preschool: Road to Emmaus
Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Resurrection.
- I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when Jesus died?
- I wonder how they felt when they realized that the man who was eating with them was Jesus?
- I wonder what it was like when Jesus disappeared?
K-1st Grade: Going Home
Younger elementary children are now focusing on Christ’s Resurrection.
- I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when he appeared to them after his resurrection?
- I wonder what Jesus’ body was like after he rose from the dead?
- I wonder why Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life”?
- I wonder how Jesus could “be with us and leave us at the same time?” (p. 324)
2nd-4th Grade: The Ascension (Acts 1:1-11)
Older elementary students are now focusing on Christ’s Resurrection.
- I wonder what it means to be “baptized by the Holy Spirit”? (v. 5)
- I wonder what kind of power the Holy Spirit gives?
- I wonder how the disciples felt when Jesus went up into heaven?
5th-6th Grade: The Resurrection (Matt. 27:57-28:10)
Younger middle schoolers are focusing on Christ’s Resurrection.
- What do you notice about the response of the women who found the empty tomb?
- What do you think it was like for them to see the living Christ with their own eyes?
- What was new to you about this story today? Why does His resurrection matter to you?