Last spring, in one of the meetings that I have periodically with the pastors, I volunteered myself to teach a Catechism class every other Wednesday night.
- Our Associate Pastor hosts the largest community group at the church every Wednesday. There are over 20 children, and childcare has been a headache. I’m a huge fan of our hardworking, fun, and wise Associate Pastor and his amazing wife, so I want to help when I can.
- The Senior Pastor gave me a new Sunday School curriculum to look at, called The New City Catechism. I liked it, but I didn’t see where it would fit on a Sunday morning.
- I often get an itch to go back to the classroom full time.
We did a “pilot” lesson in the spring. It was pretty terrible. The kids were used to having no structure, and all of a sudden Miss Ursula came along and ruined that. I even had to kick a kid out of the room and give him a stern talking to. But was I going to let a bunch of kids ruin our plans? No.
Fast forward to the fall. I came prepared with a better game plan. I had a behavior chart in place, with a treat for them if they obeyed. I’m not usually in favor of giving treats for behavior, but let’s face it. It’s Wednesday night. And kids need to have memories of a happy time at church.
With my new system in place, every night of Catechism has been awesome. We even painted and hot glued a nativity set for their families. I hate doing crafts, but this was so much fun! 4 year olds were hot gluing! It was amazingly terrific!
If you are not familiar with what Catechism is, it’s a way of remembering truths about God, using a “Question and Answer” method. It’s really great, especially for kids.
Since it’s every other week, with 2 weeks of Christmas craft and 3 more weeks of Christmas break, we needed a review day. I thought about how I was going to accomplish a review day in a fun way, and when I arrived at church that morning, the creative juices started flowing.
The first game was a Jeopardy-style Flyswatter game. Two kids faced off, with flyswatters. I gave the answer, and they had to swat the question. It was not as easy as they thought it would be!
Then, I broke the kids up into groups and they completed the rest of the games in a rotation. The kids lined up, oldest to youngest. I put the oldest with the youngest and one in the middle to form a group of 3.
Question 1: What is our only hope in life and death? Answer: That we are not our own but belong to God
All of my games are simple. The post-its were scrambled and then they had to put it back together in order. Of course I awarded points!
Question 2: Who is God? Answer: God is the creator of everyone and everything.
Cup stacking and shooting them down. Everyone’s favorite.
Question 3: How many persons are there in God? Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Question 4: How and why did God create us? Answer: God created us male and female in his own image to glorify him.
Question 5: What else did God create? Answer: God created all things and all his creation was very good.
I’m a sucker for a clothesline. They’re so cute!
Question 6: How can we glorify God? By loving him and by obeying his commands and law.
I don’t have a picture for this one because we played Sparkle. (Or would have played, if we had enough time!)
So there you have it, a bunch of happy kids and a happy teacher memorizing truths about God in a fun way. I love teaching, and it’s even better when it’s creative.