“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." - Matthew 18:10

“Kerygma 4 Kids was a HUGE hit today! The Catechists loved it and thought it was great for the kids. They said that the kids loved it and were extremely engaged in the content.”

Karen Kirkland
Coordinator of Children’s Catechesis at Cathedral of Christ the King, Diocese of Lexington

Kerygma 4 Kids

Grade School Edition: Kindergarten - 5th

Anita Houghton

What is it and what does it do?

Kerygma 4 Kids is a new evangelization tool for children that proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ in a unique and engaging way.

What are the benefits?
Through Kerygma 4 Kids, children will experience the nearness of God and come to understand the cross of Christ in a deep and personal way. Kerygma 4 Kids will lead the children into a deeper friendship with the risen Christ and equip them to share the Good News with others.

Structure and purpose
Kerygma 4 Kids contains one evangelization lesson for each grade.  It was developed to help you incorporate evangelization into your current faith formation program.  Each grade-level lesson proclaims the basic gospel message through a unique theme which can be viewed below.

Elements of Each Lesson
Each grade-level lesson:

  • helps children discover God’s personal love for them
  • includes guided meditations on Sacred Scripture to help children encounter the risen Christ
  • presents an age-appropriate proclamation of the kerygma—the Good News of Christ’s salvific work
  • includes animated videos and engaging activities that reinforce the Gospel message
  • includes an invitation to open their hearts to a personal friendship with Jesus Christ
  • provides the language to help children share the Good News with others

To get a better understanding of how a typical Kerygma 4 Kids lesson flows, check out the Grade 2 example below.

Supplement Your Current Program with K4K

Kerygma 4 Kids is a perfect way to weave evangelization into your faith formation program or Catholic school religion curriculum. The 60-minute lesson can be used to kick-off the school year or to begin the season of Lent. Kerygma 4 Kids can also be used in a retreat setting or as a supplement to a Vacation Bible School program. It’s only 1 class on 1 day, any month of the year!

Sample Lesson - Grade 2

Lesson Structure

Leader Guide

Step 1: Discover God's Love - 20 minutes

A) Show Video
B) Workbook Activity with Stickers
C) Guided Meditation
D) Workbook Activity

Step 2: Understand Sin and the Good News of Jesus Christ - 20 minutes

A) Show Video
B) Workbook Activity

Step 3: Respond and Invite Jesus Into Your Life - 20 minutes

A) Show Video
B) Workbook Activities
C) Closing Prayer
Sticker Sheet

GRADE-LEVEL THEMES AND WORKBOOK SAMPLES

Kindergarten: Jesus Is Your Light

Workbook Sample

1st Grade:
Jesus Is Your Friend

Workbook Sample

2nd Grade:
God Knows Your Name

Workbook Sample

3rd Grade:
Jesus is Your Shepherd

Workbook Sample

4th Grade:
You are God's Work of Art

Workbook Sample

5th Grade:
Jesus is Your Valentine

Workbook Sample

For You:

You as an educators, catechist and or faith formation leader are in need of resources to evangelize in the classroom. Kerygma 4 Kids is the perfect tool for the job!

For a Friend:

When you come across a great lesson or resource to help your students you want to share it with your peers. This is that great lesson!

For Your Parish:

Order for your Religious Education, as well if you have a school and receive a bulk discount!

About the Author

Anita Houghton is a Regional Coordinator of Catechetical Programming and Formation in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Detroit, providing formation and training to lay ministers and catechists, particularly in the area of evangelization. Prior to joining the Archdiocese, she was the Director of Religious Education at St. Sylvester Church in Warren. Anita is also a part-time faculty member at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, teaching courses in Sacred Scripture.

She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science both from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Anita is also a Lay Associate of the Companions of the Cross, a Roman Catholic community of priests and lay people dedicated to the renewal of the Church through dynamic evangelization.

Anita is married and has three college-aged children. She and her husband, Deacon Mike Houghton, are members of St. John Vianney Parish in Shelby Township Michigan, where together they lead RCIA and other adult formation ministries.

If you are interested in booking Anita for a workshop or speaking event, please email us at spreadthefaith@ministry23.com.
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