Throughout the year, we gather on Sundays for five to six week blocks for catechism (discipleship) of young & old (9:00-9:50 am). Here’s an overview of of our offerings!
To Be A Christian: Foundational Catechism
This is our year-long, bread and butter, four-part, class on the basics of Christian faith. It is based on “To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism” and the 39 Articles. It is an introduction into authentic Christian belief and practice and centers around the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.
This class is for:
- All seekers and those new to the NCC parish. We want to emphasize deep, comprehensive discipleship right from the start!
- It is also for those preparing for Parish Membership and Confirmation/Reception. Participants may be received into Parish Membership and Confirmation once the four part series has been completed. Aside from the class, time will be made to explore aspects of parish membership and the meaning of Confirmation/Reception.
- Everyone! We all need a refresher from time-to-time, and so we open this class to the entire parish, that our faith together would be refreshed and deepened in the Lord.
Kingdom Story: The Bible for Kids
New Creation’s curriculum is used by permission from St. Matthew’s Anglican Church and is inspired by the Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm. The curriculum seeks to highlight the grand narrative of the Bible, and to show the children that the stories in the Bible are not isolated stories, but together they weave the rich tapestry of the history of God’s people and the unfolding of the Kingdom of God on earth. It includes both Old and New Testament stories that point to and reveal Christ as the Saviour and Promised Forever King.
AGES AND SIZE OF GROUP
5 to 10 years or Kindergarten to Grade 5. Lesson plans can accommodate a small class of 2 children up to a group of 20 students.
The curriculum has liturgical components such as Lighting of the Candle and a modified Prayer of Confession. Each of the 28 lessons either point to Jesus as the Promised King, or reveal Jesus, his character, attributes and love.
COMPONENTS OF THE CURRICULUM
Each of the 28 lessons have the following components:
1: Teacher’s Notes (Objectives and Catechism connections)
2: Lesson Outline (Overview of lesson time – 45 minutes)
3: Poster Discussion (Poster Picture & Poster Summary)
4: Story and Life Application
5: Response Activities (Kingdom News and other activities) and Memory Verse
The Story is often a short drama which the children can spontaneously participate in, or they can choose to be an active observer. Easy, representational costumes for a few of the Bible characters can be quickly donned, and the lines or simple actions given to any child who volunteers. In this way, children are learning the stories by hearing, seeing, and doing!
POSTER PICTURE AND SUMMARY
Each lesson plan has a poster picture that depicts the Bible story. The lesson is introduced by looking at and talking about the poster picture.
The poster summary on the back of the poster contains key elements of the lesson. These elements can serve as a script for the teacher.
A take-home paper called the Kingdom News is available for each child to share with their family and to communicate the lesson. When printing, choose the double sided short edge and landscape formats.
There is additional material (i.e. colouring pages)
This includes liturgical and prayer elements such as Collect for Purity, Prayer of Confession, the Lord’s Prayer, and Bible Songs.
200 Level Courses
As we’re able, we offer “200 level” courses on various topics, focusing on spiritual formation & apologetics. Courses include Building a Rule of Life: Living Life to the Glory of God, A Praying Life: Connecting with God In a Distracting World, Bible Study: The Art of Mining & Applying the Scriptures, The Case for Christianity, Questioning Evangelism, and Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions.