Our Family Catechism + Free Printable

Our Family Catechism + Free Printable

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Having children has really put me into touch with the sinful nature. And I ain’t talking about my kids. I’m talking about myself. Man alive. I finally see myself a bit more how God sees me – I’m filthy rags. Thanks be unto God for His saving grace.

But really, Barry and I realize the heavy burden that we bear – the burden to teach our children in the ways of our Christian faith. It’s a daily walk for me – and I’m not teaching Annie, she’s teaching ME. Every day I learn things from her. Every day being with her causes me to beg God for mercy toward me. And as I am teaching Annie to obey me, I am teaching her to obey God.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Part of our daily training of Annie includes our family Bible time. It’s something we make a priority to do every day. Andy is also with us. Yes, he’s only 10 months old…but we believe in saturating our family in the Word as much as possible. It will not return void.

Family Catechism

I got the idea to start a family catechism from my fabulous friend, LeighAnn, over at Intentional by Grace. She was doing it with her family, so I copied her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Right? That’s what I keep telling myself.

We looked around on the internet until we found a good catechism for the 3-5 year old age range. But quite honestly, I think it’s good for me and Barry too…and we’re 30+ years old. So, I think this will be our official family catechism no matter the ages of our children. But what IS a catechism?

A catechism is a summary of doctrine used in religious training of children and adults.

We believe that by teaching our children these fundamental truths about God and Christ, that they’ll be ingrained in their mind for their entire life. That’s what the Word has promised us. And so, we started at 3 years old. We could have started earlier…but her attention span isn’t very long as this point.

Family Catechism

I’ll admit, I’m surprised at her ability to retain information. She’s already learned 18 of them and can recite them back to you. Barry and I are learning them right along with her.

Each night, Barry asks the question posed and Annie responds. When she learns them well, we move on to another point. Barry makes sure to explain each one – which can sometimes take a while.

Barry made us this nice lovely chart. I’m making the PDF available to you too – in case you want to print. It’s 11×17 in size to make it plenty big for reading/posting in your home. We had it laminated at Office Depot for a few bucks because, I gotta tell you – there’s a whole lotta spilling going on at the Myers house – and sometimes Annie spills her drink too. Better safe than sorry.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MYERS FAMILY CATECHISM

Family Catechism

Dinner is when we are usually all together, so that’s when we have family Bible time. After we finish eating, we have our devotions together. Family dinner is a big priority here…but it might not be at your house. You just have to find a time that works for you. Maybe it’s before bed. Before bed here is a living nightmare with gnashing of teeth, so that doesn’t work for us.

Here is what our devotion time looks like:

  1. Barry tells a Bible story and reads from the Word. He does questions/answer time.
  2. We take prayer requests and pray.
  3. We sing a song (sometimes Annie requests “You Spin Me Right Round Baby”, which we DON’T sing as part of Bible time, but will take up a bit later)
  4. We do the family catechism

Now, is it always hunky dory? Absolutely not. Sometimes it looks like this:

  1. Barry tells a story while Andy screams his head off and Annie lays in the floor humming.
  2. Annie wants to pray for everything under the sun, including the dirt outside and the ants in the field.  Barry prays while Annie runs from the room to get a toy.
  3. Barry and Stacy sing a song while Annie picks her nose and Andy throws everything in the floor.
  4. Barry tries to do the family catechism and Annie acts like she doesn’t speak English.

But the important thing is, we try…it’s a daily walk. Isn’t everything?

*This post is linked at Show Me What You Got at Our Delightful Home,  at Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings, at Teach Me Tuesday at Growing Home,  at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Domestically Divine Tuesday at Far Above Rubies, at Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family, at Welcome Home Wednesday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain, at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday, at Wonderful Wednesday at Ducks in a Row, at Show and Share Wednesday at Mostly Homemade Mom,  at Thrive At Home Thursday at Live Called, at The Project Stash at Seven Alive, at Thriving on Thursday at Domesblissity,   at Thursdays Treasures Link Party at Chocolate, Chocolate and More,  at Pin It Thursday at Sweet Bella Roos, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life, at Simple Lives Thursday at My Humble Kitchen, at Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger, at Shine on Fridays at One Artsy Mama,   at Freedom Fridays at My Turn For Us, at Friday Favorites on Simply Sweet Home, at Strut Your Stuff at Six Sisters,  at Weekend Whatever at Creative Christian Mama, at Serenity Saturday at Serenity You,  at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Think Pink Sunday on Flamingo Toes, at Clever Chicks at The Chicken Chick, at Friday Link Party at The Pin Junkie, at Better Mom Monday, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way to Success, at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love, at Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks,  at Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, and at Homemade Mondays at Frugal by Choice Cheap by Necessity.


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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Marsha ‘Nana’ Baker

    WOW! I.LOVE.THIS! I’m so very blessed to know of young families doing this with their children. Amazing how WE are the ones who learn when teaching kids huh? May God bless your family as you seek to follow HIS footsteps. You’re so right – as HE is…HIS WORD does not return void. Praise His Holy Name!

    • Stacy

      To God be the glory!

  • Stacy

    Good heavens – hardly anything goes beautiful and glorious around here! LOL LOL I’m glad to have you here!

  • Stacy

    I read that the attention span a child has is the same amount of years they have – so 5 minutes sounds right for your son. :-) I’m 31 though and I’m not sure my attention span is that long. LOL

  • Stacy

    :-) It is crazy more than it’s peaceful – but we press on.

  • Stacy

    I am VERY blessed that Barry is the spiritual head of this family. :-)

  • Stacy

    :-)

  • Stacy

    Agreed. Boogers and all.

  • Stacy

    :-) Thanks for reading it!

  • Stacy

    I know…tell me about it. :-(

  • Stacy

    You’re welcome!!

  • Peggy

    In Georgia I taught the pre-school age children. I loved that age. One night during Vacation Bible school the children were extra energized. They couldn’t sit still so we hopped, skipped and walked around the room. The whole time I was talking about our Bible verse we were studying. Another lady was helping me and she said “Do you really think they are learning anything?” When a parent come to get her child she asked what we had done. He looked at his Mom and recited our Bible verse!!!! I just love our children.

    • Stacy

      :-) When you don’t think they’re listening – they ARE.

  • http://intentionalbygrace.com Leigh Ann

    Imitation is certainly the greatest form of flattery. No doubt. ;) I’m excited to see how your family has implemented family devotions. We continue to do ours in the morning since it’s when we are consistently together (and Sam seems to be in a better mood). He’s 2.5 now and boy does he daily impress me with what he’s able to recite. Of course, he doesn’t quite know what any of it means yet, but the truth of each learned statement and verse will be there when he’s ready to understand. Plus the look of triumph when he finally remembers the newest one we’ve been working on is amazing! Thanks for sharing what you do!

    • Stacy

      :-) Back at ya….you inspire me.

  • Sarah

    We’ve been doing family Bible study most evenings since we celebrated advent and learned how special of a time it can be! I’m going to show this catechism to my husband and see if he might be interested in adding it! I’m glad you shared some of the tidbits of how chaotic it can be in your home – it sounds a lot like ours many nights! I know it’s important, though!

    • Stacy

      Even when we think they aren’t listening – they ARE.

  • Melinda

    What a great idea! My daughter is 8 months old so a bit young to begin the question/answer process. But like you mentioned, I want her to be saturated in the word of God from a young age. I currently use some CDs that have catechism questions and answers put to song. I’ve enjoyed learning the catechism myself as I play the music in our home.

    • Stacy

      I know, me too. I didn’t learn these growing up in my church, so I’m enjoying learning them now. :-)

  • Stacy

    I love when “coincidences” like that happen. :-)

  • Stacy

    :-) Thanks!

  • Stacy

    You’re sooooooooooo gonna give me a big head. LOL

  • Stacy

    Thanks for the heads up. :-)

  • Stacy

    Amen to that.

  • Stacy

    That’s great, Tina! I hope you love the book and this printable. Thanks for taking the time to holler at me. :-)

  • http://thepurposefulmom.com Jenn

    I laughed so hard at your description of family devotional time, because that’s pretty much what ours look like too, except in addition the 2 year is flipping himself over the couch and the 7 and 5 year old are arguing over who prays first! Thanks for keeping it real :) And thanks for sharing how you do catechism, we really need to start that since our kids are definitely old enough to handle it alongside Bible time and prayer.

    • Stacy

      Arguing over praying is better than something else. LOL

      • http://thepurposefulmom.com Jenn

        Ha! So true! :)

  • http://thequeenmommy.com/ Debbie Taylor

    I really enjoyed this post. I had to stop and read a few parts to my husband because it is almost 10 pm and I’m just randomly bursting out in gut-busting laughter. I can TOTALLY relate to the “Sometimes it looks like this…” oh my word. I like the layout of your family Bible time a lot and appreciate the printable. Thanks!!!

    • Stacy

      Wait – you mean my kids aren’t the only ones who act like that? We should get our family bible time on VIDEO!