This week, we’re continuing with our Catechism questions using the Kid Quest curriculum. The questions we use are based on the Catechism for Boys and Girls, but I’m finding that a few of the answers (and even the questions at times!) are a bit too cumbersome for the kids. We’ve made some adaptations. The reason we began using the Catechism in our church is to:
- Teach the kids the basics of Christianity
- Give them a clear and concise way to share their faith with others
I feel these adaptations will better meet our goals as well as stay true to the original intent of the catechism.
Making Some Changes
Here are some of the adaptations we’ll be making:
Focusing on the Bible
This week, we’re again focusing in on the Bible with Questions #14 and #15. In our own midweek kids program, I’m encouraging small group leaders to help kids memorize one of the three verses during the month of September:
- Psalm 119:17b (I will obey your Word)
- 2 Timothy 3:16 (All Scripture is God-breathed…)
- Psalm 119:105 (Your word is a lamp to my feet
Following God’s Path
This week, we’ll be using the theme “Following God’s Path” to review what we’ve learned so far about the Bible. We’ll decorate the gym with footprints and use hiking through the woods as an illustration for the importance of staying on the right path. If we have time, we might play a few rounds of the “Minefield Game” to give kids a hands-on way to remember the importance of staying on the right path.
Activities and Projects for “God’s Path” Theme
- God calls Abraham Lesson by Treasuring Christ
- Choosing the Right Path lesson based on Psalm 1
- Two Paths of Life: Lesson from Ministry to Children based on Psalm 1
- Make a paper lantern (Psalm 119) using these lanterns from the Crafting Chick for inspiration!
- Check out the amazing ideas on this Bible based Pinterest board (lots of lamp to my path ideas)
- Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet lesson from Ministry to Children based on Psalm 119
Take a look at these suggestions for kid’s activities focused on God’s Word. You can also look at the Who Wrote the Bible lesson for more ideas.
- Using this worksheet (Praise Psalm), have kids write their own song of praise like David.
- Check out these super fun games from The Better Mom including Bible Ball and a Scripture Scavenger Hunt.
- Make a Bible timeline with the kids to show how the entire Bible is one big redemptive story of God’s love for us.
- Do a Bible Book report with the kids, assigning a different book to each child.
- Check out these Bible basics interactive folders from Teachers Pay Teachers.
- Play a revised game of “Go Fish” with books of the New Testament as cards. Grab a set here at Teachers Pay Teachers!
- Make a paper chain dividing up the books of the Bible by type via Hands on Bible Teacher.
- Check out these highly visual one page pictorial summary of books of the Bible via Picture Smart Bible.
- Find more ideas on my Books of the Bible and Memory Verses Pinterest Board!
- Books of the Bible with author and other details from 1+1+1: Printable Cards
- Have a Bible SHOW AND TELL with the kids, letting them show off their own Bible. Have a variety of other Bibles and cool Bible tools available as well to let kids check them out and look at them.
Songs to Sing
- All Scripture (2 Timothy) by JumpStart3
- I Love My BIBLE by Kids on the Move
- Books of the Bible by North Point Kids
- One Way, Jesus by Uncle Charlie
That’s it for now!
Leave me a comment if you’ve got a great idea too!