“Children are constantly learning. Their inquiring minds soak up information at a spectacular rate. They are trying to make sense of a complex and ever-changing world, seeking to acquire the skills to survive—and even thrive—in life. As they learn, a framework of understanding is established in their minds. This is called a worldview.
All children and adults observe and interact with the world through their personal worldview. It is a thrilling and great responsibility to raise children and shape their understanding of the world, how it works, and their unique purpose in it. To catechize children is to build their worldview, to teach them from Scripture about the world, and to inform their interactions with those they will live, play, learn, and work alongside. You will notice that each catechism question has a symbol that corresponds to one of the Christian virtues.. Each question and corresponding answer is derived directly from Scripture; as children are catechized, they are learning to bury the truths of Scripture deep in their hearts. The virtue symbols are simply guides to help families talk about how to respond to the Word of God, and they correspond to The New City Catechism Curriculum (which we teach to children in our Quest ministry at 10:30 on Sundays).
The emphasis and intention of The New City Catechism is to shape and affect the hearts of the children who learn it, with the hope that the catechism will contribute greatly to the nurture of godly, mature, and virtuous young men and women. It is our hope that as families work together to learn the fifty-two questions and answers found in this book, they will increase not only in knowledge, but in the fruit of the Spirit, as they grow to love God with all of their hearts.”
–New City Catechism
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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:6–9)