You could spend a lifetime unpacking this first question of The New City Catechism:
Q: What is our only hope in life and death?
A: That we are not our own but belong to God.
Catechisms are designed to teach children and adults the core doctrines of the Christian faith. In the beginning, what is memorized may not be understood, but as comprehension grows, the catechized meditate on the doctrines and seek to apply them to daily living. To facilitate this kind of mind-and-heart development in the Christian faith, The Gospel Coalition and Crossway have developed The New City Catechism Curriculum.
The New City Catechism Curriculum features 52 engaging lessons developed from the questions and answers of The New City Catechism, designed to help children ages 8 to 11 learn and apply the truths of our faith in a Sunday school, classroom, or homeschool setting.
Each lesson covers one catechism question and is based around an expositional Bible lesson. The format—designed for maximum flexibility—includes different outlines for 30-, 45-, or 75-minute sessions. Games aid memorization and reinforce the catechism, and activities help children understand and apply the doctrines discussed.
Melanie Lacy—director of theology for children’s and youth ministry training at Oak Hill College, London—designed the curriculum to guide teachers in expositional Bible lessons and also to help children understand the key doctrines of the Christian faith.
Inside Each Kit:
- 3 Teachers Guides covering all 52 questions and answers in The New City Catechism
- 1 Resource Book containing reproducible activity sheets tied to each lesson (also available as a free digital download)
- 4 copies of The New City Catechism for Kids featuring the short version of all 52 questions and answers (additional copies sold separately)
- Introducing Songs from The New City Catechism
- The New City Catechism—Now in Print with New Devotional, Apps, Music
- Tim Keller on Why You Should Catechize Your Children
This curriculum was made possible in part through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in the curriculum are those of the publisher and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.