100 Things Your Child Should Know Before Confirmation – The Kingdom of Israel

Rebecca Kirkpatrick is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA) and has written an interesting blog called called “Bread, Not Stones” from her experiences teaching the Confirmation Class at her local church.  She has also published a new book, “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation.”  It’s worth reading!

Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be re-posting her blog posts for you as she tackles the privilege of guiding our children into a deeper, more trusting relationship with Jesus Christ. May her thoughts, your coaching, and your child’s active participation with their FPC Sunday School small group work together to raise your child to be a faithful follower of our Lord!


Not only do students come to Confirmation not knowing the details of these portions of the Old Testament that talk about The Kingdom of Israel, they have not even been introduced to some of the basic concepts that I outline below, which frame much of the context of the New Testament and are at the foundations of Old Testament theology.

26. The Basics
27. The Stories of David
28. The Temple
29. The Exile
30. The Historical Books

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100 Things Your Child Should Know Before Confirmation – The Ten Commandments

Rebecca Kirkpatrick is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA) and has written an interesting blog called called “Bread, Not Stones” from her experiences teaching the Confirmation Class at her local church.  She has also published a new book, “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation.”  It’s worth reading!

Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be re-posting her blog posts for you as she tackles the privilege of guiding our children into a deeper, more trusting relationship with Jesus Christ. May her thoughts, your coaching, and your child’s active participation with their FPC Sunday School small group work together to raise your child to be a faithful follower of our Lord!


In teaching the Ten Commandments to children, it is certainly helpful to start them off with the story of where they came from. You can talk to them about God meeting Moses on Mt. Sinai and teaching him the laws that the people were to follow. What could be better than the image of Moses carrying these two heavy stone tablets down to the people only to discover them breaking numbers 1 and possibly 2 already? Then he smashes them to pieces – how exciting!

It is a bigger question to consider how we teach our children to actually follow the Ten Commandments. While there are a variety of Sunday school posters or charts that we might use, in reality we teach our children to follow the Ten Commandments in pretty simple ways.

Carolyn Brown, on her blog Worshiping with Children, has a great exercise to do with children: helping them to write opposite commandments as a way to help them understand what the actual commandments are trying to teach.

When a student starts Confirmation class, the key is not to make sure that they are not lying, stealing, coveting or worshiping idols – but to make sure that they know that the Bible teaches in very clear ways that these are not God’s intentions for us.

16. You shall worship God alone
17. You shall not make any idols of God
18. You shall not abuse the name of God
19. You shall keep the Sabbath holy
20. Honor your father and mother
21. You shall not murder
22. You shall not commit adultery
23. You shall not steal
24. You shall not lie
25. You shall not covet what your neighbor owns

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100 Things Your Child Should Know Before Confirmation – The Stories of Exodus

Rebecca Kirkpatrick is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA) and has written an interesting blog called called “Bread, Not Stones” from her experiences teaching the Confirmation Class at her local church.  She has also published a new book, “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation.”  It’s worth reading!

Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be re-posting her blog posts for you as she tackles the privilege of guiding our children into a deeper, more trusting relationship with Jesus Christ. May her thoughts, your coaching, and your child’s active participation with their FPC Sunday School small group work together to raise your child to be a faithful follower of our Lord!


One of the most distinctive parts of the Haggadah – the liturgy for the Passover feast – is the way that the readers are called to identify themselves with the story of the Exodus. The story is not just one that our ancestors experienced, but one that we ourselves have lived. This is the epitome of embodying the biblical story. In an ideal situation, even Christian children would know and live this story in the same way, bringing that same identification with the Exodus and the stories of Moses to their Confirmation explorations.

These are the kinds of things that the stories of the Exodus can help us explore.
11. The birth of Moses
12. The call of Moses
13. The plagues
14. The Exodus
15. The wilderness experience

100 Things Your Child Should Know Before Confirmation – The Stories of Genesis

Rebecca Kirkpatrick is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA) and has written an interesting blog called called “Bread, Not Stones” from her experiences teaching the Confirmation Class at her local church.  She has also published a new book, “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation.”  It’s worth reading!

Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be re-posting her blog posts for you as she tackles the privilege of guiding our children into a deeper, more trusting relationship with Jesus Christ. May her thoughts, your coaching, and your child’s active participation with their FPC Sunday School small group work together to raise your child to be a faithful follower of our Lord!


While this is the second post in what will be a series of about 20 on the foundations that a child should bring to Confirmation class as a teenager, it is the first in a long string that will relate to biblical literacy.

It is overwhelming to think of an 8th grader having mastered all of these stories. I don’t know many adults who have mastered them. But mastery is not the goal. Acquaintance with the most familiar and foundational stories and basic biblical knowledge are the goal.

I will describe the basic things that they should know from each of these stories, and the bigger ideas we can tackle together in a Confirmation class.

6. Creation and other primeval stories
7. Noah’s Ark
8. Abraham and Sarah
9. Isaac and Rebecca
10. Jacob and his Sons

100 Things Your Child Should Know Before Confirmation – Bible Basics

Rebecca Kirkpatrick is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA) and has written an interesting blog called called “Bread, Not Stones” from her experiences teaching the Confirmation Class at her local church.  She has also published a new book, “100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation.”  It’s worth reading!

Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be re-posting her blog posts for you as she tackles the privilege of guiding our children into a deeper, more trusting relationship with Jesus Christ. May her thoughts, your coaching, and your child’s active participation with their FPC Sunday School small group work together to raise your child to be a faithful follower of our Lord!


 

In a perfect world Confirmation is, among other things time for…

Students to consider their baptismal identity…Explore the particulars of their Christian tradition…Move beyond the Bible “stories” to biblical theology…Prepare to take on the role of an adult member of a congregation…

In the real world, Confirmation often becomes:

A course in the basic stories of the Bible. An introduction to being a Christian…A corrective to misunderstandings or misconceptions of church life…An obligation that students take on to make their parents/grandparents happy…

In an attempt to wrap my head around my disappointments with what happens in Confirmation, I have compiled a list of 100 things that I wish students knew BEFORE they stepped into my Confirmation class, and I will be sharing them here over the next few months.

I will move through this list (in groups of five), sharing ways that parents can greatly improve their child’s experience of Confirmation, either through simple conversations or a habit of cracking that children’s Bible together at bedtime.

The first 5 things that children need to know before Confirmation – Bible Basics

  1. The Bible is composed of many different books with different authors written at different times.
  2. Much of the Bible comes from ancient oral tradition.
  3. The Old Testament is the story of the Israelite people.
  4. The New Testament is the story of the life of Jesus and the early Christians.
  5. There are many different modern translations of the Bible.

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Worshiping Alone: A Milestone in the Journey

“I have written and written and written about sharing worship with my son – the frustrations and the triumphs, the whys and the hows, the values and the hopes. I wrote a piece about a year ago that was especially meaningful to me about what it means to share space in the pew with my son week after week, while we were living overseas.
All of that work and reflecting, hoping and teaching, has culminated in this new moment in our worshiping life as a family.
The day has come that my son worships alone…”
– Rebecca Kirkpatrick, blogger of Bread, Not Stones.

Jesus Feeds 5,000 People

Start your Bible journey today!

Transform your kids’ summer into an unforgettable faith adventure with this 12-Week Summer Bible Story Reading Plan from Spark House!  Every week, kids explore a Bible story through art, cooking, coloring, and other fun activities.  Each Bible story has a variety of activities from – choose just one or do them all!

Jesus Feeds 5,000 People: Click Here!

A Prayer to Say Together:
Heavenly Father, we give you our abilities and strengths so that they may be miraculously increased by you. Multiply our gifts so we may share them with others and bless your kingdom. Amen.


Download the Reading Plan Map, which gives your child a fun way to keep track of their summer reading. Color or stamp each box as you complete the Bible reading for that week.

Your family’s favorite Bible will work perfectly for the lessons above, or you can purchase the Spark Story Bible (reading level is K-3rd grade).

Zacchaeus

Start your Bible journey today!

Transform your kids’ summer into an unforgettable faith adventure with this 12-Week Summer Bible Story Reading Plan from Spark House!  Every week, kids explore a Bible story through art, cooking, coloring, and other fun activities.  Each Bible story has a variety of activities from – choose just one or do them all!

Zacchaeus: Click Here!

Here are a few suggestions for ways you can enrich your child’s engagement and learning with the story of Zacchaeus:
• Family conversation starters – What is your favorite meal to make and share when you have a friend over? What would you make for dinner if Jesus came to your house? When you don’t like a certain person, how do you deal with them?
• Go to a park near your house together and climb as high as you safely can on the playground equipment. How far can you see? Do you think you are as high as Zacchaeus was in the tree?
• Brainstorm together all the different ways your family cares for others. Include big and little things, money given and time shared, random acts of kindness, and planned giving of yourselves and/or your resources. Is there another way you can care for others?


Download the Reading Plan Map, which gives your child a fun way to keep track of their summer reading. Color or stamp each box as you complete the Bible reading for that week.

Your family’s favorite Bible will work perfectly for the lessons above, or you can purchase the Spark Story Bible (reading level is K-3rd grade).

The Prodigal Son

Start your Bible journey today!

Transform your kids’ summer into an unforgettable faith adventure with this 12-Week Summer Bible Story Reading Plan from Spark House!  Every week, kids explore a Bible story through art, cooking, coloring, and other fun activities.  Each Bible story has a variety of activities from – choose just one or do them all!

The Prodigal Son: Click Here!

A Prayer to Say Together:
Thank you, God, for searching for us and waiting for us. Thank you for finding us and loving us always and no matter what! Amen.


Download the Reading Plan Map, which gives your child a fun way to keep track of their summer reading. Color or stamp each box as you complete the Bible reading for that week.

Your family’s favorite Bible will work perfectly for the lessons above, or you can purchase the Spark Story Bible (reading level is K-3rd grade).

The Good Samaritan

Start your Bible journey today!

Transform your kids’ summer into an unforgettable faith adventure with this 12-Week Summer Bible Story Reading Plan from Spark House!  Every week, kids explore a Bible story through art, cooking, coloring, and other fun activities.  Each Bible story has a variety of activities from – choose just one or do them all!

The Good Samaritan: Click Here!

Here are a few suggestions for ways you can enrich your child’s engagement and learning with the story of The Good Samaritan:
• Family conversation starters – Who are your neighbors? What are some ways your family helps other people?
• Brainstorm together some ways you can help people outside your family. Think of some very simple and doable things and then try to do one thing each day this week.
• Make a Kindness Jar. Write simple acts of kindnesses everyone in your family could do for each other or for any one right in front of them. Put all of the ideas in the jar and then take turns drawing one slip each week. Look for opportunities to carry out the acts of kindness that you drew.


Download the Reading Plan Map, which gives your child a fun way to keep track of their summer reading. Color or stamp each box as you complete the Bible reading for that week.

Your family’s favorite Bible will work perfectly for the lessons above, or you can purchase the Spark Story Bible (reading level is K-3rd grade).

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