(a)   This statement was the official statement issued by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland at the time of this catechism’s official approval.  For further information, see the first footnote to the Westminster Larger Catechism.  The uniformity spoken of here is a reference to the three kingdoms of Scotland, England and Wales. Sadly, the “uniformity” sought throughout the kingdoms was not achieved, nevertheless, this catechism along with Confession and Larger Catechism became the statements of the Church of Scotland which was a very mission minded church for centuries after and thus these long-standing doctrinal and instructional statements have become the foundation of most churches planted by them. The Shorter Catechism was used primarily with new converts and children as a means of basic instruction in the biblical faith of true Christianity.