Laura Miller | Category: Children's Sunday School
The temperatures are finally turning cooler. Leaves are dropping in colorful swirls. Activity at the pumpkin patch behind our house is picking up – which means, along with the other signs of the season, that we are not far away from Christmas.
If gift buying is not in your immediate plans, then perhaps stocking up on resources for training up your children in the grace and truth of Scripture is.
If you have children or grandchildren in the Sunday School classes, you know that our teachers take seriously the mission of building in them an understanding of God, His Word, its promises and its doctrinal truths. With this in mind, today we’ll make some recommendations for music resources that will reinforce your efforts at home, then in a few weeks, we’ll pick up the theme again and highlight other types of materials.
Let’s start off with the music we are using in the 4-year-old to 3rd grade classroom to assist children in memorizing their catechism questions and answers. Ask Me Whooo is the Children’s First Catechism (based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism, a modified version of which is being used for catechism memory work) word-for-word set to music. The music is melodious enough to sing, not too kitschy for older kids, and stripped of distractions so that the focus is on memorization.
Songs for Saplings is a ministry of James and Dana Dirksen and their family of six children, and the bulk of the music they offer is a delightful array of tunes that cover the questions and answers of the catechism.
Walking With the Wise from Sovereign Grace Music focuses on the Proverbs. “Being wise is more than just knowing a lot or being smart. It involves things like fearing the Lord, listening to others, loving God’s Word, having a joyful heart, being generous, not hiding our sin, working hard, and telling the truth. One of the ways we become wise is by spending time with people who are wiser than us. That’s what it means to ‘walk with the wise’. Most of all, wisdom is believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose from the dead so that we could be forgiven and follow Him. That kind of wisdom is more important than anything in the world." (from the website)
Judy Rogers’ Why Can’t I See God? is the quintessential kids’ CD with songs sung by children and adults recounting the truths of the catechism. This CD is not intended to be used for memory work since the lyrics mostly reflect the language of the catechism, but it is a timeless favorite for many who wish to incorporate music into their efforts to instill doctrinal truths in their teaching of their children.
Baptist Catechism Set to Music covers all 114 questions of the Baptist Catechism – not an child version of the teaching tool, but set to music, even these more complex sentences and deeper doctrinal truths can find a place to take hold in a child’s memory and lay the foundation for confidence in Scriptural understanding. Here is a link to videos of the questions and answers set to the music of this CD.
Do you have any recommendations for children’s music that increases understanding in our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word?
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