Catechesis

Basic Bible Knowledge for the Family

Purpose

These inserts were designed to be used by the Christian congregation in educating its youth and refreshing its adults in the Biblical truth summarized in the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther. The front of the inserts are to be read as part of the worship service or family devotion time, with students (and adults) memorizing given sections according to their level and reviewing (and rememorizing) those sections assigned to lower levels. A devotion is included on the back of the insert for famlies to use during their devotions during the week.

Levels

Since various congregations catechise their youth at differing grade levels, we did not use ages or grade levels in assigning memory work. In the typical congregation with confirmation at the end of 8th grade, the levels would typically be divided thus: Primary (1st-2nd), Junior (3rd-4th), Level I (5th), Level II (6th), Level III (7th), Level IV (8th). Nearly the entire text of the Small Catechism is learned by the end of Level II.

Resources Available

Inserts for each week of the academic year (September through May) cover the Six Chief Parts. Inserts for the summer months cover the Table of Duties and the Nicene Creed. Booklets include just the memory work portions and are intended as a resource for students who want to work ahead in completing memory work assignments. A schedule is also included to assist in publishing the correct inserts on the correct Sundays. Because the text of the creeds is different in The Lutheran Hymnal than it is in Lutheran Worship or The Lutheran Service Book, a separate set of inserts is available for congregations using TLH who wish their students to memorize the text that is used in that hymnal. Just click on the appropriate links below to download the resources you desire. These resources are provided for your use free of charge provided that you do not alter these inserts without prior permission. Thank you to Concordia Publishing House and Zondervan Publishing for granting the permissions that allow this free distribution possible.

Downloads

High Resolution Masters for Bulletin Inserts
School Year Inserts (TLH Version) (3.8 MB)
Summer Inserts (TLH Version) (1.1 MB)
Low Resolution Masters for Bulletin Inserts
School Year Inserts (TLH Version) (1.1 MB)
Summer Inserts (TLH Version) (392k)
Quiz Resources
"First Try" Quizzes (some words omitted, first letter of word given) (TLH Version) (~700K)
"Second Try" Quizzes (some words omitted, no letters given) (TLH Version) (~1 MB)
"Third Try" Quizzes (all words omitted, punctuation given) (TLH Version) (~1 MB)
Quiz Administration and Grading Guidelines (48k)
Other Resources
Student Booklets (TLH Version) (876K)
Schedule for Inserts (26K)
Table of Bible Verses and Passages (12k)

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or would like to send feedback concerning this program, please contact us at

Grace Lutheran Church
PO Box 336
Strasburg, IL 62465.

You may also e-mail the pastor at GraceStrasburg@netscape.net.