More catechism activity fun! Today, we're looking at Children's Catechism questions 3 and 4 about God's glory and what that means for us!
This post is in a series of posts working through the Children's Catechism. For more information on how this started, be sure to read the beginning of this earlier post. You can see a bunch of past posts on the topic of Children's Catechism here.
As of the start of this series, I have a 6 year old (Homeschooling for Kindergarten), a four year old (Homeschooling for Pre-School), and an 18 month old.
My current favorite online resource for the questions (and answers) is this page from The Westminster Standard.
Here are the questions for today:
Q. 3. Why did God make you and all things ?
A. For his own glory.
Q. 4. How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands.
This would be a great time to memorize Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." (ESV)
We did two questions today but still kept it simple - a very easy activity, simple craft, two coloring sheets that I found online (and linked to below), and of course listened to some related music. I hope you enjoy reading about part of our day!
First we talked about God's glory and what it means for us to glorify God. We talked about other words we could use for glorify - like worship and honor. God made us for His glory. So we should be living our lives with the goal to glorify Him in all that we do - which we can do by loving Him and doing what He commands.
Giving God glory is like shining a flashlight on Him to show how great He is. We played (and practiced our "sharing skills"...) with a flashlight in a dark room to display that when we are shining the flashlight on something, it isn't on us but lights up whatever object we are pointing it at.
We then made some (very non-Pinterest worthy - but real life appropriate for us) flashlights to remind ourselves to give glory to God.
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Supplies needed for this simple craft:
Toilet paper roll
Construction paper - one piece to wrap around and glue onto the toilet paper roll and some yellow triangles to be the light
Stickers (we're still using these)
We also re-read the story for "E" from one of our favorite books, My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts. The verse is "Even a child is known by his deeds." (Proverbs 20:11). In the story, the two main characters are being "good" and someone praises them for their "goodness" and they respond by giving glory to God.
The kids are behaving better than another girl at the grocery store, but the first discussion question is, "Did Missy and Bill act the way they did because they were better than the other little girl?"
What a good discussion question for our little church going kids who want to hear they are "good"! Our end goal for our kids shouldn't be outward obedience, it should be hearts changed to recognize their sinfulness and need for a Savior! We can talk about bringing glory to God but never want to make it something that our kids are thinking they can do in their own strength and also without acknowledging that they will mess up!
I printed these two coloring sheets ahead of time so we had them when we were ready to change gears and then we could keep talking as we colored.
We listened to a variety of songs as we colored that I had popped onto an Amazon Music Unlimited playlist (yes, I colored too!).
This was an easy lesson in terms of execution (really simple supplies and an easy music playlist we listened to on repeat on a few different days) but one that can be the start of a lot of really good conversations with your kids!