New City Catechism
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The New City Catechism app provides a set of fun, simple, and elegant tools to memorize this catechism that has been adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation catechisms. The app allows kids to track their progress and view kid-friendly versions of the catechism answers. It also allows adults to see rich, expanded content, and dig into the depths of each question and answer.
Some app features:
+ Navigate 52 catechism questions and answers for adults and kids
+ Watch videos from preachers (e.g. Don Carson, Mark Dever, Timothy Keller, John Piper, etc.) exploring the catechism answers
+ Track your progress and the progress of your kids—or Sunday school class—as you memorize the catechism together
+ Show/hide answers or select between child/adult answers to help in the memorization process
+ Choose between NIV or ESV for Scripture text
+ Read a teaching from a historical preacher (e.g. Augustine, Edwards, Spurgeon, Wesley, etc.) for each question and answer
+ Pray suggested historical prayers for each question and answer
New City Catechism comprises 52 questions and answers—therefore there is only one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple to fit into church calendars and achievable even for people with demanding schedules.
Because parents who teach their kids a children’s catechism, and then try to learn an adult one for themselves often find the process confusing (the children are learning one set of questions and answers and the parents are learning another completely different set), New City Catechism is a joint adult and children’s catechism. In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children’s answer is always part of the adult answer.
New City Catechism is a joint project between Redeemer Presbyterian Church and The Gospel Coalition.
What's New in Version 1.0.3
iOS 8 Compatibility Fixes
iOS 7 UI Fixes
Bug fixes centered around user progress
This is perhaps the most frustrating app I've ever used. I try to use it with my three boys (ages 7, 5, and 3) at bedtime or at breakfast in the morning. However instead of being able to use the app for its specific purpose, when I open it I'm redirected to Facebook where it tries to force you to sign into FB and share what you're doing with your friends. I just want to be able to use the app to teach my children without having to use FB. It's difficult enough to get these little guys to sit still and listen without having to be constantly frustrated because I can't even use the app for its intended purpose. I've given up using the app.
Great content, but glitchy
I enjoy this app for its content, but have had a few issues with how it runs. First of all, it doesn't actually save your place or stay where you were most recently. This means you end up scrolling quite a bit to find the question you were last on.
Secondly, the audio on the videos and songs stopped working this week. No other audio problems on my device, so I don't know what is going on with the app.
Such a useful, polished app!
This app makes exploring the New City catechism an absolute pleasure. I wish all apps were this beautifully and thoughtfully designed.