I’m guessing that quite a few of our readers know about the First Catechism, a simple catechism that is something like a kids’ version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Although the Shorter Catechism is concise, some of the language and grammar are dated and the concepts can be difficult for younger children. The First Catechism is a great stepping stone sort of catechism: you start your kids with it and later they can easily take the next step to the Shorter Catechism and then the Larger Catechism.
This First Catechism booklet put out by GCP is very well done. We’ve been using it for quite a few years in our house. The layout is nice, the font is easy to read, and it’s the perfect size to keep next to the family Bible. Our routine is to pray and read at the evening meal – sometimes Scripture but sometimes Catechism Q/As. It doesn’t take kids long to learn these! In fact, every now and then when I ask one of these questions rhetorically in a sermon, a young kid in the congregation will answer out loud. It’s awesome!
Here’s an excerpt if you’re interested:
- Who made you?
- What else did God make?
God made all things.
- Why did God make you and all things?
For his own glory.
- How can you glorify God?
By loving him and doing what he commands.
- Why are you to glorify God?
Because he made me and takes care of me.
- Is there more than one true God?
No. There is only one true God.
- In how many Persons does this one God exist?
In three Persons.
- Name these three Persons.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- What is God?
God is a Spirit and does not have a body like men.
Again, this catechism is really well done and the booklet is inexpensive (currently $2.00 at the WTS bookstore). I highly recommend this resource to train our covenant children about the truths of Scripture in a simple question and answer manner.
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015