Deuteronomy 6:7 says "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." In Mt. 19:14 Jesus said "Let the little children come to me..." God places a high priority on teaching children his Word, and so do we.
We have Sunday School classes for all ages, so we encourage you to come and join a Sunday School class while your children participate in their's. Sunday School meets from 9:15 to 10:15 on Sunday mornings. If your not quite sure where to go, there will be people at the front door who would be glad to assist you in finding classes and classrooms.
We know that one of the most spiritually formative activies for your children is to worship with you each week in a healthy, biblical church. Because this is so important we welcome kids into the church service, noise and all. Crying babies, children that can't sit still, boys that love to wiggle...we value these as an important part of the body of Christ, and all ages are welcome. We do, however, offer a childrens church program that covers birth through 1st grade. Your children are not required to go, but this option is available if you would like to take advantage of it. Children begin the service with their families and then go to their class right before the sermon starts. They will return to the sanctuary at the end of the service.
What is Catechism?
Catechism is a word that typically conjures up ideas of the Roman Catholic church, but most people don't know what catechism actually is. Chatachesis is simply a fancy name for teaching people truth from God's word. This process is simply done by using a catechism. Catechism became popular when printed books were only for the wealthy. Because there was no printing press, and thus books were very valuable, often the only Bible in a town would be the one in the church. People were unable to study the Bible on their own, and even if they had access to one, it wasn't likely in their language anyway. So pastors would teach the members of their congregations a series of questions and answers designed to instruct them in the truth of God's Word. It was also very helpful in teaching them to spot the false teaching of those who wanted to distort the truth. These systems of questions and answers are called a catechism. This remains one of the best ways to teach children truth from God's Word. It is not only effective, but the kids enjoy it as well. Athena Baptist Church is beginning to implement the use of a simple, short catechism for children. If you would like to see a copy of the catechism, please feel free to contact us to get a copy of the catechism.