Catechism Dance Party - The New City Catechism

It is no secret that over the last few weeks the pandemic and the subsequent quarantine has totally turned our world upside down and inside out. For those of us that have school age kids, our lives have been complicated by the fact that whether we wanted to or not, we are doing some level of homeschooling with our kids as they wade through online classes, teaching, and homework. If you have several kids, in multiple grades, with teachers all approaching online learning differently, then you have some real fun on your hands like in my household.

But as Christian parents, there are some great opportunities to disciple our kids in the midst of the crazy. In fact, I would encourage you to plan some intentional discipleship time into your daily routine with your kids. This is your opportunity to include Bible lessons and prayr into their school curriculum. For all the moms (and dads) out there that are at home with their kids, trying to educate, disciple, discipline, keep your cool, and not go insane, I wanted to share one of my favorite FREE apps for discipling my kids that is easy and really fun.

This app is not new, but deserves a highlight as a great help in times like these. The app is The New City Catechism put out by Crossway. The New City Catechism is based on Calvin’s Catechism, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and Heidelberg Catechism and is adapted primarily for kids (though it is equally educational for adults - there is an option in the app to learn lengthier answersThe New City Catchism is, “What is God?” and the answer is, “God is the creator of everyone and everything.” The New City Catechism has written 52 questions, one for each week of the year, to learn a basic and solid understanding of Christian theology. They have also included an appropriate Bible verse to memorize, classic commentary, and a suggested prayer for each of the questions and answers. You can access all this content through the icons at the bottom of the screen in the app.
for adults). Maybe you are wondering at this point what a catechism even is? Basically, a catechism is way to learn Christian doctrine by asking a question and memorizing a response. For example, the second question in

Now I know what most of you are thinking….Boring. But here is the best part of th
e app in my opinion. Each question has a song. Yes, a song! And the songs are great. My kids love to sing these songs and dance around the room as we rehearse the questions.

Here is how we use this app in our home. When things are getting crazy with school, no one is listening, and everyone is getting tense, we throw out the idea, “You know what, how about we all get up and sing and dance to our New City Catechism songs!” And the kids cheer and they love the break. It has been a great way to learn theology and at the same time totally change the mood in our house. 

Here is another example. You know how after dinner kids kind of go crazy until bedtime? Time for The New City Catechism! Embrace the crazy and channel your kid’s energy into a dance party that teaches them theology! Seriously, we have so much fun as a family doing the questions and dancing to the songs while we are learning great Christian truths. There are slower songs to work on your interpretive, heartfelt dance, upbeat songs to go crazy with and release all that kid energy, and contemplative songs that just stick with you that I even find myself humming throughout the day.

If you are looking for a great way to teach your kids Biblical truth about God, our world, and the Gospel, I highly recommend working this app into your day.
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