First Catechism: Teaching Children Bible Truths (Booklet)
Introduction to the Shorter Catechism, for children up to age 9.
Revision of Catechism for Young Children.
From the Preface: First Catechism is a primer on the Christian faith in general and the Reformed faith in particular. It is intended to be used with children, beginning at the earliest age feasible.
In this adaptation, we have incorporate changes in vocabulary, grammar and the sequence of questions to make the catechism clearer and more accessible to young children. Where possible, the more personal first- or second-person pronouns are used.
Ideally, covenant children should begin learning the answers from First Catechism as they begin to talk. By so doing, they will add to their vocabulary the words that reflect biblical truth and especially the doctrines of grace. This will prepare them to take on a God-ward perspective toward themselves, God, and his creation. It should be regarded as a steppingstone for young people to later study the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
First Catechism teaches children to know, love and serve God. Our prayer is that the fruit will be a desire in them to fulfill man's chief end - "to glorify God and enjoy him forever."