Sunday school & Family Curriculum
This Summer, 1st-5th grade will study The Lord's Prayer. This study is a curriculum developed by former Second staff member Andrew Keasling that introduces parents to the lessons being taught in Sunday School and includes two days of family devotions, based on the content covered at church. Download the book here.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Teaching the catechism to your children is an important part of their spiritual development, because the catechism breaks down the truths from Scripture into questions that make it understandable. These questions are also used in our worship service and make a great family devotion discussion.
Below are the 10 questions that talk about prayer. There are 107 questions in total. There are many resources available but some of our favorites are: The Westminster Shorter Catechism by G.I. Williamson; Catechizing our Children by Terry L. Johnson; Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade; and Westminster Shorter Catechism for Kids (workbook) by Caroline Weerstra.
- What is prayer? Prayer is an offering up of our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies.
- What rule has God given for our direction in prayer? The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer, but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord’s Prayer.
- What does the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us? The preface of the Lord’s Prayer (which is, Our Father in heaven) teaches us firstly to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence as children to a father able and ready to help us; and secondly, that we should pray with and for others.
- What do we pray for in the first request? In the first request (which is, Hallowed be your name) we pray that God may enable us and others to glorify him in all in which he makes himself known; and that he would overrule all things for his own glory.
- What do we pray for in the second request? In the second request (which is, Your kingdom come) we pray that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed, that the kingdom of grace may be advanced and ourselves and others brought into it and kept in it; and that /Christ’s return and/ the kingdom of glory may come quickly.
- What do we pray for in the third request? In the third request (which is, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven) we pray that God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey and submit to his will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.
- What do we pray for in the fourth request? In the fourth request (which is, Give us today our daily bread) we pray that by God’s free gift we may receive a sufficient share of the good things of this life, and enjoy his blessing with them.
- What do we pray for in the fifth request? In the fifth request (which is, Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors) we pray that God, for Christ’s sake, would freely pardon all our sins; and we are encouraged to ask this because, by his grace, we are enabled from the heart to forgive others.
- What do we pray for in the sixth request? In the sixth request (which is, And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one) we pray that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.
- What does the conclusion attached to the Lord’s Prayer teach us? The conclusion attached to the Lord’s Prayer (which is, For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever, Amen) teaches us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power and glory to him. And in testimony of our desire and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.