Children’s Formation

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to religious education which honors the “spiritual potential” of the child. Developed by, Biblical scholar Sofia Cavalletti this method follows the belief that even the very youngest child has a religious life.

Based on Scripture, Liturgy and the understanding of child development pioneered by Maria Montessori, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (website) offers the essentials of the Christian Faith in a way that engages and delights children.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is divided into three levels that correspond to the Montessori planes of development. Throughout all three levels, the child encounters the essentials of the Faith.  All three levels include presentations on the Sacraments, the Bible, Geography, Infancy and Passion Narratives, Prophecies, and Parables in a manner that is developmentally appropriate. The presentations increase in detail and sophistication as the child matures. Our Level I atrium is in its’ second year and serving children from Nursery to Kindergarten.

Please contact our Assistant for Children’s Formation, Micki Hill, for more information: micki@allsoulscathedral.org.

To register your child for Children and Youth Formation Classes, please click this link.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  is based on Scripture, Liturgy and the Montessori understanding of child development. It is a method of formation that introduces the essentials of the Christian Faith, and engages and delights children in our Episcopal tradition. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is divided into three levels that correspond to the Montessori planes of development. Throughout all three levels, the child encounters the essentials of the Faith.  All three levels include presentations on the Sacraments, the Bible, Geography, Infancy and Passion Narratives, Prophecies, and Parables in a manner that is developmentally appropriate. The presentations increase in detail and sophistication as the child matures. Our Level I atrium is in its’ third year and serving children from Nursery to Kindergarten. Levels II and III are in their beginnings.

micki@allsoulscathedral.org

Level I (Ages 3 – 5) 

The primary aim of the Level I experience is to help children know and enjoy God through the image of the Good Shepherd. We provide guidance and vocabulary which enables them to contemplate and enjoy God’s presence. A conscious and intimate relationship is fostered between the child and God as they come to realize that it is in Baptism that the Good Shepherd shares His Light and in the Eucharist where we meet the Good Shepherd in a particular way. The enjoyment of the gift of God’s own self to the child is the foundation for further religious insight and moral development.

Level II (Ages 6 – 9)

In Level II children will come to know Christ through the Parable of the True Vine. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches,” and repeatedly asks us to remain or abide in Him. Moral sensitivity begins here and grows with the presentations of Jesus’ maxims, and moral parables.  The child’s desire to live in relationship to the Good Shepherd, following his commandment “to love God and love others” flows from the relationship of loving trust that was established in the previous level. The child begins to discover the vast cosmic history of God’s plan of salvation and that they have something to contribute to it.  

Level III (Ages 9 – 12)

The imagination of the older child coupled with his/her concept of time are powerful stimuli to explore Sacred History as a history that encompasses past, present and future. We explore the Old Testament in 5 Typology studies: Creation, The Fall, The Flood, Abraham and Moses and through the call and struggles of the prophets. The children begin to look at the Plan of God as a plan of communion, a plan which links all people together in one great mystery. The emphasis is on our response to the unfolding generosity of God and the responsibilities that come with receiving God’s great gifts. “What is the kingdom of God and my place in it?” is a question which begins to lay the foundation for a life’s commitment.

Nursery

The nursery, located in the Children’s Education Wing, is a safe and inviting space, furnished to meet the developmental needs of our youngest. In addition to beautiful materials which engage and stimulate them, there are loving arms to hold and comfort them. The nursery is open from 8:45 a.m. through the 11:15 a.m., service throughout the year.   

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