Every week in worship services around the world hundreds of millions of Protestants, Roman Catholics and Orthodox confess their faith by reciting the Nicene Creed. Here is the first-ever book to teach children about this, the most widely accepted statement of Christian faith.
Despite the attractive cover, this is not a children’s book. It is a book for adults to share with children. It will help parents, grandparents, and teachers engage 5 to 12 year olds in the marvelous light of God’s love for them. Its lucid commentary will help children understand what we affirm by reciting the Creed, and why each of its affirmations is important to the Christian faith.
The artwork will introduce children and adults to an ancient Christian style by evoking, but not imitating, the beautiful visual art of iconography. Added features include “Why Teach the Creed to Children,” and “Keywords For Kids,” to help them grasp that even though some of the language may sound grown-up children can not only understand it but they can claim it for their own.
The author wrote and illustrated this book for his own children and for children everywhere. A Portuguese translation is on the way later in 2020.
You could be asking yourself why you should take the time to teach little kids about the Nicene Creed. Is it really so important? Yes! Holy Scripture makes it perfectly clear that young Children are to be taught about the things of God:
The Lord said to [Moses], Gather the people that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so. Deuteronomy 4:10 ESV
You shall teach them [God’s words] to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 6:7; 11:19 Deuteronomy ESV
Even the youngest child has an inborn longing to connect with Jesus, and Jesus certainly wants to connect with them:
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:15-17 ESV
Promises are connected with the Lord’s admonitions, and this particular promise concerning children is crystal:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Provers 22:6 ESV
Because little kids can ask such amazingly penetrating questions, a section of Keywords for Kids in included – being a glossery of word meanings for children age 5 and above, together with one or more examples for each word.
Available online at anglicanliturgypress.org