According to psychologist Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, the first stage a child goes through is the trust vs. mistrust stage. This stage is crucial, because it shapes a child’s view of the world. Basically, if a child develops trust, he or she will feel safe and secure in the world. A huge part of developing a relationship with God involves trust. One of the central tasks of faith formation is to teach children that God can be trusted. One of the ways we can do this is by teaching the Creed to our children and helping them to see that this prayer is our proclamation of trust in God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and in God’s Church. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore teaching the Creed to younger children.
For more information about trust and the Creed, check out the following links:
- Introducing Jesus as Someone You Can Trust
- Establishing a Climate of Trust: Growing with God
- Accompaniment Requires Trust
- Trust Me!
- Making Our Faith Simple-Yet-Not-Simplistic: The Creed
- Three Ways to Teach the Creed to Younger Children
- Living the Mass the Other Six Days of the Week: The Profession of Faith
P.S. One of the “babies” I’m holding in the video is the Wanderlight Pilgrim. Get your plush figure here.