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Catechism Class Guidelines
The use of the Catechism for the instruction of the young in the church is an ancient and time-tested biblical method. The below catechism syllabus has been adopted for use by Pilgrim Covenant Church (PCC) since its inception. The catechism regime includes Bible History Catechisms as well as Doctrinal or Creedal Catechisms We have attached their curriculum as a reference. Parents and teachers should adjust the curriculum accordingly to suit their needs.To understand why we should catechise our covenant children, read . . . ON THE USE OF CATECHISM 关于教理问答的使用
Toddler’s Catechism by Pastor J.J. Lim
Our children would typically begin the regime once they are able to repeat the answers given in the Beginner’s book I. Before that they attend a class where they are taught one question each week from the Catechism for the Very Young and then listen to a Bible Story.Some of our parents eager to start their children at the Beginner level, have, however, found it to be too great a transition from the Toddler’s Class to the Beginner’s I class.This catechism booklet is produced with the hope of narrowing the jump. It is still based on the Catechism for the Very Young. The child should still be trained to memorise one question each week. But a set of supplementary questions are provided to help the parents ensure that the child understands (as much as possible) what he is memorising.
Beginners Level 1 (Book 1 of 3) by Rev C. Hanko, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
This is the first in a series of three books which treat the history of the Bible in story form for children from the ages of six to eight years. This first book covers the history from creation through the judges. Each lesson covers a certain phase of history and touches only some outstanding event or events. The teacher in the classroom will determine how much other material should be introduced in the discussion, but it should be borne in mind that children grasp the history best when their attention is focused on but one or two outstanding incidents.
Beginners Level 1 (Book 2 of 3) by Rev C. Hanko, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
This is the second in a series of three books which treat the history of the Bible in story form for children from the ages of six to eight years.This second book treats the history from the beginning of Saul’s reign to the return of the Jews from captivity.The teacher will notice that generally only one or two events are treated in each lesson, rather than the many details. The teacher will use his own discretion in determining how much other material should be included in the discussion in the class room.
Beginners Level 1 (Book 3 of 3) by Rev C. Hanko, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
This is the third in the series of catechism books which deal with the stories of the Bible for children from the age of six to eight. The first two books covered the history of the Old Testament, while this one treats the history of the New Testament.Each lesson deals with only one phase of the history, rather than entering into detail on all the events. Also, the facts of history are stressed with the significance brought out, whenever possible, toward the end of the lesson. The teacher should use his own discretion in determining how much other material should be included in the classroom discussion.
Catechism for Young Childrem Original Author unknown, edited and expanded by Pastor J.J. Lim
While a Bible History Catechism traces the progress of redemptive history through the pages of Scripture, a Doctrinal Catechism summarises the most important doctrines in the Scripture into doctrinal propositions. The Catechism for Young Children is designed to be an abridgement and introduction to Shorter Catechism.
Juniors Level 2 (Book 1 of 2) by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
The aim of this book is briefly and systematically to acquaint our children with the facts of Old Testament history.The success of this history course is dependent not only on the book and the teachers, but upon persistent effort at thorough memory work and study by the children, with the indispensable aid of their parents .
Juniors Level 2 (Book 2 of 2) by Rev. G. Vanden Berg, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
This book has been prepared to provide a basis for catechetical instruction for children of nine and ten years old.The twenty- five lessons of this book are based on the New Testament and aim to emphasise the facts and chronology of Scripture. With a review following each five lessons, the book will serve a thirty week catechism season.This book is a companion book to the Old Testament History in Brief, prepared by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema, and it should be followed by the Old and New Testament Books for Seniors.
Character Building Supplement by Pastor J.J. Lim
This new booklet on the theme of character building is designed for those who completed the first two levels of Bible History Catechism. Naturally character building cannot be taught simply by memorisation. But these verses will give a good foundation to our children as they work on building their character through experience and the application of theWord. We would recommend that the children memorise at least the answer to the question (text for before the ‘—’); and if they are able to and at the discretion of the fathers, memorise the supporting verse.
Seniors Level 3 (Book 1 of 2) by Rev John A. Heys, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
This catechism book is based upon the principle that Genesis 3:15 is the mother promise, the first announcement of the Gospel promise, and that all Old Testament history is the unfolding of that promise.We have, therefore, divided the entire period from creation to the birth of Christ into five periods, each period ending with a decisive victory for the Church in the fulfilment of this promise…The sixth victory is treated in New Testament History for Seniors in the glorious coming of Christ at the end of time to usher in the everlasting Sabbath.We have also emphasised in each period the scriptural truth that our covenant God remains faithful to His promise even though His Church constantly reveals herself to be unfaithful.
Seniors Level 3 (Book 2 of 2) by Rev H. Veldman, edited by Pastor J.J. Lim
This catechism book is based upon the principle that Genesis 3:15 is the mother promise, the first announcement of the Gospel promise, and that allOld Testament history is the unfolding of that promise.This book has been composed for children of 11 and 12 years old, and it serves to follow up the instruction as furnished in Rev. G. Vanden Berg’s “New Testament for Juniors.” The purpose of this book is not only to acquaint our children with the facts of the New Testament, but also to introduce them to fundamental truths.It speaks for itself that the use of maps would be of great benefit to the catechumens. This applies especially to Paul’s missionary journeys.