Christian Education for Children

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (ages 3-11)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children rooted in the Bible and the liturgy of the church and using the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an atrium, a sacred room prepared for them, containing simple yet beautiful materials to work with.

The atrium gives children a chance to respond in their own way to the weekly presentation, which might focus on the parables of Jesus, the life of Jesus, Baptism, the Eucharist, or a discussion of the Plan of God. The hands-on approach gives children a chance to work with the figures in the parable boxes or respond to what they have heard, using art supplies, three-dimensional maps, and 'practical life' activities like pouring and sorting. Such activities help the child both to explore Jesus? life in the Bible and to prepare for deeper spiritual work. More COGS information is available at the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepard.

Meeting time for all classes is Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45, whereupon the children join the regular church service in progress.

Church School Registration is available online. Please use our online registration form to register your child(ren) for the church school programs.

This "Creation Art" was painted by the children in the Level III Atrium over the last 3 years. The children who started this 3 years ago are now in Rite 13. The top row spells out the word 'creation', and the paintings underneath illustrate each of the 7 days of the creation story.