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A Year to Celebrate the Heidelberg

“[This] is a tremendous theological and pastoral resource,” said young adult representative Cedric Parsels.

Synod 2013 urged Christian Reformed members and churches to celebrate this year’s 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the CRC’s foundational confessions.

Delegates encouraged Christian Reformed churches and agencies to renew their study of the catechism and “explore creative and culturally appropriate ways of using and celebrating the role of the Heidelberg Catechism in the life of the church.”

Congregations are asked to recite the catechism’s Q&A 1 during worship on Sept. 15. Some churches already have begun celebrating the anniversary.

Cedric Parsels, a young adult representative and ministry candidate, said that as a convert to the CRC he found the catechism “a tremendous theological and pastoral resource.” Teens and young adults are “desperately in need of the pastoral theology” of the catechism, he said.

“This anniversary year (is) a wonderful opportunity to renew our commitment to teaching and, dare I say, memorizing the Heidelberg Catechism,” Parsels said.

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