Our young learners at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, tackled some big topics this past Sunday, April 26. After a fun singing time with Ms. Lauren, Redeemer Kids split into their two classes, one for preschoolers and the other for elementary children.
The preschoolers explored a brief recap of Peter’s life: a fisherman who dropped his nets and followed Jesus, a friend who lived and walked with Jesus for three years, and a disciple who saw Jesus’ miracles and believed he was indeed God’s Son. After Jesus’ predicted his own death and the disciples’ desertion, Peter boldly claimed he’d never leave Jesus even if everyone else did. Yet before the rooster crowed that night of Jesus’ arrest, Peter disowned Jesus three times. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus sought out Peter to forgive him–not to condemn or fuss at him. The children learned how just as Jesus’ death on the cross allowed him to forgive Peter, we’re able to be forgiven, too, for our sins.
Though our Catechism questions and answers have some tough words and phrases in them, the children worked hard to say and understand these big words. The focus for the next few weeks will be the topic of sin:
29. What is sin? Sin is any lack of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God.
30. What is meant by lack of conformity? Not being and doing what God requires.
31. What is meant by transgression? Doing what God forbids.
For the past few weeks, the older girls have been learning the first four commandments and how they teach us how to love and serve God. This past Sunday, April 26 they began studying the last six commandments. The last six focus on our relationship with other people, beginning with the family. They learned the fifth commandment which teaches us to honor our parents and is the only commandment that includes a blessing. The lesson also discussed that honor is more than just obedience. It is a lifelong call of respect. When children honor their parents, it is a way they can honor God. Teaching children to submit to human authority, helps them learn to submit to God’s authority.
95. What is the fifth commandment? They fifth commandment is “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
96. What does the fifth commandment teach you? To love and obey my parents and all other that God appoints over me.