How to Teach the Apostle's Creed to Children

Updated April 17, 2017

The Apostle's Creed is one of the prayers that children learn while progressing through the sacraments and studying the Catholic faith. The Apostle's Creed is viewed to be a powerful statement of faith. All Catholics memorise the creed and repeat it during mass, during the rosary and at other times of prayer and meditation. Breaking the Apostle's Creed down for a young child to understand helps makes it easier for the child to commit the Apostle's Creed to memory.

State the Apostle's Creed out loud, so that your child can hear that you have it memorised. Explain to your child why the creed is important in Catholic religion; it acknowledges and states all the ideas that Catholics believe in and it is a way to show unity with the Catholic church. It is used as a symbol of our faith and is a way to meditate and pray to God.

Write the Apostle's Creed out in clear writing, and explain each line of the creed to the child. An example is using the first line; "We believe in God, the almighty, creator of heaven and earth." Explain the creation story and how God created the world. Young children might not know the whole story by heart, and the creation story will help to reinforce the creed. Explain the next part of why we state that we believe in Jesus and keep going down the list.

Draw pictures and tell stories about each part of the Apostle's Creed. Drawing pictures will help create images in the child's mind to associate with different parts of the prayer.

Recite the Apostle's Creed every time you pray with the child. This will help the child memorise it as they listen to the prayer.

Record someone reciting the Apostle's Creed and allow the child to listen to the recording whenever he wants to practice saying the creed.

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