Sunday mornings we offer Sunday School for children ages 3 through grade 5, and after the service Catechism is held for Grades 6-12
Children begin the worship service with their families and after the children’s message go with their teachers to the fellowship hall where they sing some songs. Then they go to the classrooms for their lessons. The younger groups (up until grade 1) learn about the special stories in the Bible and do a related craft. The older groups go more in-depth into our beliefs and learn what it means to be a member of a chuch. On special days, such as Thanksgiving or Mother's Day, the whole group meets together for a craft. Sunday School offerings support the Free A Family ministry of World Renew.
Catechism is offered for grades 6-12, and take place after the service. Grades 6-8, 9 & 10, and 11 & 12 form the three classes that learn about the doctrines and teachings of the Christian reformed church. Catechism is held late September to May of each year.
At Ingersoll CRC, we believe that it is imperative to help form the basis of our faith with our youngest members, teaching them the well-loved stories of the Bible. As they get older, we teach them how the Bible is the framework upon which the entire world hangs. Once these students get to catechism, we teach them our confessions. At Ingersoll CRC, we believe that "teaching the theology or doctrine of the church to our teens is not optional. Theology is essential alongside the Bible for an understanding of the Christian faith. Doctrine is a key that unlocks the biblical treasury. To put it another way, doctrine offers us a map through the often confusing and trackless biblical terrain. That’s why our confessions and creeds and catechism are so important. It’s theology that helps us understand that the God we meet in the Bible is the triune God, the original and eternal community of love who made this world and everything in it. It’s theology that enables us to grasp the enormity and depth of human rebellion and the covenant of grace by which God set out to save us. It’s theology that teaches us that Jesus Christ is the new human that God intended us to be, that his death and resurrection usher in a new creation, the kingdom of God, and that this world will be made new in him." (The Banner,AUGUST 19, 2016, The Drama of Doctrine)
The Heidelberg Catechism starts with Q&A 1: “I belong, in body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ." To teach us how to fully do this, we believe in the importance of building the foundations of faith from a very young age at our church. Join us Sunday mornings to learn more about living in God's world!