During Children’s Church on Easter Sunday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our little ones hunted eggs under the beautiful blooming cherry tree. The children were also mesmerized by the story of Easter told through this wonderful video.
Our children have been busy learning their Catechism questions and answers during the Christian-Education hour on Sunday mornings at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Below are the concepts they focused on this past Sunday, March 15.
On Sunday our preschoolers’ lesson focused on the broken relationship Adam had with God after he and Eve sinned. They learned that all of mankind was affected by this brokenness. But even though Adam broke his part of the covenant by disobeying God, Jesus obeyed God perfectly making a way for us to have a relationship with God again.
Here are the Catechism questions from the past two weeks.
23. What covenant did God make with Adam? The covenant of life.
24. What is a covenant? A relationship that God establishes with us and guarantees by his word.
25. In the covenant of life, what did God require Adam to do? To obey God perfectly.
26. What did God promise in the covenant of life? To reward Adam with life if he obeyed God perfectly.
27. What did God threaten in the covenant of life? To punish Adam with death if he disobeyed God.
28. Did Adam keep the covenant of life? No. He sinned against God.
The older kids began their focus on the Ten Commandments this past Sunday. They learned the first commandments teach what it means to love and serve God and the last six teach what it means to love and serve our neighbors. Frankie Bennett, the teacher for this unit, sent home several handouts with each of them. One of the handouts is a poster of the Ten Commandments, so your family can review them each day. The other poster lists the verse Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Please help your child memorize this verse.
New Catechism questions:
76. How many commandments did God give on Mount Sinai? Ten commandments.
77. Why should we obey the Ten Commandments? Because God is our Creator, Savior, and King.
78. What do the first four commandments teach? What it means to love and serve God.
79. What do the last six commandments teach? What it means to love and serve my neighbor.
80. What do the Ten Commandments teach? To love God with all my heart, and my neighbor as myself.
81. Who is your neighbor? Everybody is my neighbor.
82. Is God pleased with those who love and obey him? Yes. God says, “I love them that love me.”
83. Is God displeased with those who do not love and obey him? Yes. “God is angry with the wicked every day.”
To wrap up this current section, our children recited their Catechism questions this past Sunday, March 1 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. They celebrated their learning with a small party during the Christian-Education hour for Recitation Sunday!
For this next section of the Catechism, the preschool class will begin learning new concepts and questions this Sunday, March 8 led by John & Alla De La Cruz. Parents can continue this week reviewing the previous Catechism questions with their children.
The older children began their new set of questions this past Sunday, as they studied why we need Jesus as our prophet, priest, and king. Since we are sinners and sin broke our relationship with God, Jesus our prophet teaches us how to trust and obey him. Though we are guilty of breaking God’s law, Christ our priest offered the perfect sacrifice–Himself–to pay the penalty for our sins. And Christ our king rules over us and defends us from the power of Satan and sin.
The children learned three new questions for reciting this coming Sunday, March 8 as Frankie Bennett begins teaching this elementary class.
73. Why do you need Christ as your prophet? Because I am ignorant by nature.
74. Why do you need Christ as your priest? Because I am guilty of breaking God’s law.
75. Why do you need Christ as your king? Because I am weak and helpless.
Our children at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, are working hard to learn their Catechism questions, and we want to help equip parents to reinforce these important truths at home. This upcoming Sunday, March 1 will be a Recitation Week for both classes. The preschoolers will recite answers to Catechism questions 16-22, and the elementary kids will recite answers to questions 58-72. The children will celebrate their accomplishments during the Christian-Ed. hour with a small snack. Below is a recap of what each class learned this past Sunday, February 22.
The lesson this past Sunday, February 22 focused on life in the Garden of Eden before sin entered the world. Both Adam and Eve enjoyed perfect communion with the Lord, with each other, and all of creation. However, just as Adam and Eve fell into sin and became unholy and unhappy, the children learned they, too, cannot be perfectly happy because our hearts are sinful and we live in a sinful world. But we can trust in God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth one day that will be free of sin (II Peter 3:13). The preschoolers learned their last question and answer for this section:
22. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve? He made them holy and happy.
The older children learned this past Sunday, February 22 about Christ’s fulfillment of the offices of priest and king. They first discussed how the Israelites needed a priest to speak on their behalf. They also learned how an animal was sacrificed–not because the animal could pay the penalty of sin, but the sacrifice reminded the people that someone had to die to pay the penalty. Finally, the children studied that Jesus was the last priest. Christ was the priest who offered the perfect sacrifice to God when he sacrificed himself. “But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 10:12 Their last questions and answers for this section are below:
68. How many offices does Christ fulfill as the promised Messiah? Christ fulfills three offices.
69. What are they? The offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king.
70. How is Christ your prophet? Christ teaches me the will of God.
71. How is Christ your priest? Christ died for my sins, and continues to pray for me.
72. How is Christ your king? Christ rules over me, the world and Satan, and he defends me.
The preschoolers continued learning about what it means to be made in the image of God. They learned that just like Adam and Eve, we are made with a spirit that will last forever. We are made different from the rest of God’s creation in that we will be able to love and worship Him forever. And because we are made in God’s image, each person on earth has value.
19. What else did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies? He gave them souls that will last forever.
20. Do you have a soul as well as a body? Yes. And my soul is going to last forever.
21. How do you know your soul will last forever? Because the Bible tells me so.
The older children continued learning about salvation and that only through faith in Christ can we be saved. The children read about Abraham and his faith in God. God made many promises to Abraham, and God was faithful to keep each one. And when God sent Jesus, He kept his promise to bless all the world through Abraham because Jesus was a descendant of Abraham.
64. How long ago did Christ die? About two thousand years ago.
65. How were sinners saved before Christ came? By believing in the promised Messiah.
66. Before Christ came, how did believers show their faith? By offering the sacrifices God required.
67. What did these sacrifices represent? Christ, the Lamb of God, who would come to die for sinners.
Our children at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, began their new section of Catechism questions and answers this past Sunday, February 8. Below is a recap of what each class learned, so parents can help reinforce these truths with their children.
This past Sunday, the preschoolers began learning about being created in God’s image. They learned our first parents were Adam and Eve and they were made to reflect God with their ability to communicate, love, and do good deeds. The children also learned that God gave Adam the important jobs of caring for the garden and naming all the animals.
Their Catechism questions for this week are:
16. Who were our first parents? Adam and Eve.
17. How did God create man? God created man, male and female, after his own image.
18. Of what were our first parents made? God made Adam’s body out of the ground and Eve’s body out of a rib from Adam.
The older children had the big task of reciting answers to Catechism questions 36-57, and they did a great job. They also continued learning the Catechism and discussing the topics of repentance and salvation. They learned about repentance by studying the life of Zacchaeus, who truly repented of his sin, turned away from it, and followed Jesus.
Their Catechism questions for this week are:
58. What must you do to be saved? I must repent of my sin and believe in Christ as my Savior.
59. How do you repent of your sin? I must be sorry for my sin, and hate and forsake it.
60. Why must you hate and forsake your sin? Because sin displeases God.
61. What does it mean to believe in Christ? To trust in Christ alone for my salvation.
62. Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power? No. I cannot repent and believe unless the Holy Spirit changes my heart.
63. How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit? God has told us to pray for the Holy Spirit’s help.
Our preschoolers took part in their first recitation Sunday of the new year. They all did a fantastic job reciting the answers to questions 14 & 15. They also got to enjoy snacks as they celebrated their accomplishments. The children continued their study and memorization Psalm 119:105a.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Thanks to Tom & Cindy Darnell for teaching these past for weeks! Liz Jarvis will be teaching the preschoolers for the next rotation starting this Sunday, February 8.
Our older children have been learning some really big truths lately, which continued this past Sunday, February 1. The children studied the term justification and learned that it means God forgives all our sins and declares us to be righteous. They also learned this is only possible because Christ lived a sinless life and stands in our place. They were supposed to also recite answers to questions 36-54, but because of the intensity of the lesson and the length of the questions, they were not able to finish their recitation. Parents, please continue to work with your children this week because they will do their recitation first thing during class on Sunday morning, February 8. And they also learned three new questions and answers last Sunday, so now they will recite answers 36-57.
55. What does God the Father guarantee in the covenant of grace? To justify and sanctify all those for whom Christ died.
56. How does God justify you? God forgives all my sins and accepts me as righteous through Christ.
57. How does God sanctify you? God makes me more and more holy in heart and conduct.
Thanks to Matt & Laura Slagel for teaching our elementary-aged girls these past four weeks. The next teaching rotation begins this Sunday, February 8 with Jason & Lori Moore leading the class.
Both of our Redeemer Kids classes have been working hard to learn their Catechism questions and answers during these last few weeks. This coming Sunday, February 1 is recitation Sunday–which includes a little party with snacks during the Christian-Ed. hour. Parents, help your kids continue learning and memorizing this week!
This past Sunday, January 25 the older kids studied more in-depth the words atonement and grace. They learned that Jesus was fully God yet fully man. Christ obeyed the law perfectly and was able to die in place of us for our sins. They learned an acrostic to help them remember this truth.
G – God’s
R – Riches
A – At
C – Christ’s
E – Expense
Some of these words are big concepts, and it’s not expected that the children have a full understanding of them the first time they hear them. But we share them in hopes that truth is being planted, and with repetition and care those seeds will grow into great understanding. Our elementary class studied questions 49-54 this week:
49. Did Jesus ever sin? No. He lived a sinless life.
50. How could Christ suffer? Christ, the Son of God, became a man so that he could obey and suffer in our place.
51. For whom did Christ obey and suffer? For all whom God the Father gave to Christ.
52. What kind of life did Christ live on earth? A life of obedience, service, and suffering.
53. What kind of death did Jesus die? The painful and shameful death of the cross.
54. What is meant by the atonement? Christ satisfied God’s justice by his suffering and death as a substitute for sinners.
The elementary class will recite questions 36-54 for recitation Sunday. This grouping is a lot of questions and answers that contain many hard words and meanings. Parents, work closely with your child to make sure she is answering correctly but also be there to help answer any questions she may have about the subject matter.
The younger children this past Sunday, January 25 continued their learning about God’s Word. The focus was the Bible is God’s Word. We know that God does not lie; therefore, we know the Bible is completely true. It was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The children learned Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and light for my path.” To help them learn this verse, they sang the well known song because music is a great way to help young children learn Scripture. They also played a game to help illustrate the point. Using a flashlight, the children played follow the leader learning that the flashlight was their guide. Our preschool class continued studying questions 14-15 this week:
14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God? In the Bible alone.
15. Who wrote the Bible? Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The preschool class will also have a recitation week this coming Sunday, February 1 over questions 14-15.
During our Christian-Education hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our little ones continued in their Catechism lessons this past Sunday, January 18. Parents can use the following information to help reinforce Sunday’s teaching and encourage memorization of the Catechism questions and answers.
The 1st-4th graders discussed the truth that we can’t change our hearts–only the Lord can. One of the Bible stories used to explain this truth was the story of Saul’s conversion. The Lord spoke to Saul even when he wasn’t looking for the Lord. His heart had been hard, but God changed it. And when He did, Saul’s life changed (and his name, too). Paul then had a heart for the Lord and wanted others to know about God, too.
This past Sunday the kids focused on Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved.” And they learned LOTS of Catechism questions!
41. What is this change of heart called? The new birth, or regeneration.
42. Who can change a sinner’s heart? The Holy Spirit alone.
43. Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life? No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
44. Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life? Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
45. How did you break the covenant of life? Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.
46. How, then, can you be saved? By the Lord Jesus Christ through the covenant of grace.
47. Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace? His elect people.
48. How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace? Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due for their sins.
Last week the preschoolers learned that they can learn to love and obey God from the Bible alone. So, it was natural this week that they discussed who wrote the Bible. They learned that the Bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, focusing on II Tim 3:16a “All Scripture is God-breathed.” They also learned this truth: Because we know that God is trustworthy and cannot tell a lie, we can trust that His word is true. Catechism question for the preschool class this week:
15. Who wrote the Bible? Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
This past Sunday the kids learned about Abraham’s life specifically when God told Abraham to move but yet Abraham didn’t know where he was going or when he would get there. Abraham had to listen to God speaking to him, trust God’s promises, and obey. The kids learned that God still tells us how to live today through His holy Word. Abraham is just one of the examples of how God keeps his promises, and we can trust God’s Word. By reading the Bible, we can learn who God is and how we can love him. which brought them to the question 14 in the Catechism.
14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God? In the Bible alone.
The 1st-4th graders discussed this past Sunday more in depth about original sin, including how every person since Adam has been born a sinner in need of a savior. They also discussed how this sin nature affects every part of our being. To help the kids see this visually, they used a glass of water and added a few drops of food coloring. The food coloring slowly takes over the whole glass and changes all of the water. Thankfully, God has given believers the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that we are sorry for our sins and want to love and obey God.
- What was the sin of our first parents? Eating the forbidden fruit.
- Who tempted Adam and Eve to this sin? Satan tempted Eve first, and then he used her to tempt Adam.
- How did Adam and Eve change when they sinned? Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.
- Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of life? No. He represented the whole human race.
- What effect did the sin of Adam have on you and all people? We are all born guilty and sinful.
- How sinful are you by nature? I am corrupt in every part of my being.
- What is the sinful nature that we inherit from Adam called? Original sin.
- Can anyone go to heaven with this sinful nature? No. Our hearts must be changed before we can believe in Jesus and go to heaven.