The Girls and Boys Catechism: A Resource for Younger Children

I had previously posted the first ten questions from the Boys and Girls Catechism and mentioned how they were developed to be used with our younger children. After further study and discussion with the Elders of Emmaus, we believe that that the entire Boys and Girls Catechism would be a great resource for parents to use alongside the Emmaus Catechism.

I’m providing a side-by-side comparison of the Emmaus and Boys and Girls Catechism. The intent of this document is for parents to supplement the Boys and Girls Catechism with the Emmaus Catechism when applicable. For example, the Westminster Shorter Catechism standard #4 asks “What is God?” the answer is “God is a spirit, Whose being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.”

The Girls and Boys Catechism addresses this standard in four separate questions:
GBC 9.Q. Who is God? A. God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like men.
GBC 10.Q. Where is God? A. God is everywhere.
GBC 11.Q. Can you see God? A. No. I cannot see God, but he always sees me.
GBC 12.Q. Does God know all things? A. Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.
GBC 13.Q. Can God do all things? A. Yes. God can do all his holy will.

As you review this document, you will noticed that all the doctrinal standards do not align perfectly. Much effort was made to align them as close as possible.

It is also important to note that it is still our desire for our children to memorize and understand the Emmaus catechism. We believe that the Girls and Boys catechism can be a great resource to help teach our toddlers through early elementary age children the essential truths of our faith.

The side-by-side comparison of the Emmaus and Girls and Boys Catechism can be downloaded here.

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