In a few weeks I’ll be assisting with CCD classes at a parish in Northern Virginia. The idea is that I’ll be introducing 8th graders to apologetics, and then later–mid February or so–I’ll be “teaching” classes to a general audience.
I have some experience with this kind of thing, but talking to 8th graders will be a first. Maybe I’m just getting old, but the idea of talking to kids kind of freaks me out. I’m not that old, but it seems like they’re far different than I was at that age.
So, my question is mainly just a call for advice. Obviously I’m not going to be teaching them Greek or Latin, (I was a terrible Latin student myself), but what advice might you have for introducing this stuff to kids? I suspect that most of them have never had real challenges to their faith, and much of this stuff would be over their heads. On the other hand, I don’t want to be condescending–kids are smart. Maybe smarter than most adults we know.
Has anyone had experience with this kind of thing? Any CCD teachers out there? Anyone ever attempt teaching apologetics to young, impressionable minds?
I wonder if this is a fruitless task. I seriously doubt that if they’re receiving challenges from their fundamentalist peers that the level of dialogue is fruitful and reasoned, but still, I suppose if a seed is planted, they’ll one day remember that their faith can be defended, and is worthy of defense.
Anyway, let me know.