Friday, April 14, 2006

Catechism for toddlers

Something I've been thinking of for awhile, and which the coming of Easter has brought more to mind...

Jonathan really likes my cross necklace. I'm starting to label it a "cross" (as opposed to a "necklace") every time he wants to touch it, now, and when we're in church I'll point out the necklace and then the cross up front. Hopefully eventually he'll make the connection. Brigid (Jessica’s daughter) recognizes the cross at church now, and they’re working on a very basic catechism with her:

“Yes, that’s the cross. Who is on the cross?”
“That’s right, Jesus. Why is he on the cross?”

And eventually they hope to help her respond “because he loves us!” She’s not there yet, but it seems like a really appropriate way to catechize a very small child. Gabe and I are going to copy their idea. :)

1 comment:

Amber said...

I really like that too. With Emma I tend to focus more on the sacrifice rather than why and what it means for us all. I don't do this intentionally, but I guess I do it because that's just what comes to mind first. Thanks for posting this!