HI - Do any of you know of churches that are doing anything out of the norm with Heidelberg Catechism memorization? Are any of you finding success?
Our church offers a traditional catechism class during the Sunday School hour before worship on Sunday morning. Several of us are working on a proposal to move catechism teaching to Wednesday evening, reformat it, and make it part of our youth group program. The catechism teaching would alternate every other week with Bible study. I'm also wondering whether we might consider offering "memorization" as a separate, parallel program in which we would allow kids to do the work at their own pace. What if we would offer rewards for a base number memorized and bonuses for additional groups? What if money were spent to make these rewards sufficiently sweet? Any comments or suggestions on the above would be appreciated! I don't have training in the field of education so I'm wondering how such a strategy might be viewed by those in the know.