A catechism is a book that presents a summary of Christian doctrine. Catechisms are not meant to be a complete statement of the beliefs and practices of the Christian church, but rather present the basics of the Christian doctrine in the form of questions followed by answers.
The purpose of catechism instruction at St. Paul’s is to lead children to have a greater appreciation for what their Savior, Jesus Christ, has done and continues to do for them. In catechism class, often called “Confirmation” class, the students study in-depth:
- The Ten Commandments
- The Apostles Creed
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Lord’s Supper
- The Use of the Keys and Confession
- Doctrines associated with these chief parts
It is our prayer that after receiving the more in depth study of God’s Word, the children will be led by the Holy Spirit to publicly confess their faith in their Savior and also to publicly promise to remain faithful to God and his word until they die. This promise is a continuation of the one taken on their behalf at their baptism and is called Confirmation. Confirmation at St. Paul’s takes place the first Sunday in May.
At St. Paul’s we use this question and answer approach to teach the basics of Christian doctrine to all of our children. However, in the 7th and 8th grades we spend more time and go into greater depth in the Christian doctrines than we do in the lower grades.
Children enrolled in St. Paul’s School meet with the Pastor and Staff Minister, two or three class periods a week during the morning session of the school day for an in-depth study of Christian doctrine. Children enrolled in public school meet Wednesday evenings for an in-depth study of Christian doctrine. Those enrolled in public school also study core Bible History lessons on Wednesdays.
For more information about Catechism classes, please contact the church office.