Catechesis of the
good shepherd


Atrium of the Good Shepherd

3 Years to Kindergarten

Located up the stairs by the parish Hall third room on the right
10:00-11:30
Catechists:  Rachel Misenar, Ellen Johnson, Frances Morrison, VV Selman, and Kim Sewell.

The heart of catechesis for Level I is the parable of the Good Shepherd which reveals the absolute and unconditional love of God. In these years the child will explore the kingdom of Heaven through the parables of the mustard seed, precious pearl, the treasure, and the leaven. These parables encourage joy, wonder, and appreciation for the kingdom through its beauty and transformation.

Prayer life for the level I child is supported through a special prayer corner. Prayer cards, singing, icons and a way to make silence are all forms of prayer the child can explore in this space.

The geography materials help establish Jesus as a real person in a real time and place. The children explore globes, maps of Israel, and the regions in which Jesus was a part of during his life. The city of Jerusalem is brought out as a very special place in Jesus’ life. The children explore this city by way of a large scale 3D model.

The Mysteries we experience through the Eucharist are explored through working with gestures, prayers, and altar work. These works help give a name to the signs we see in our worship service on Sunday.

The Infancy narratives help reinforce to the children that Jesus was indeed a real person. It also lays the ground work that through the prophecies God had a plan from the beginning to bring His kingdom to fulfillment with us. Lastly, baptism is a sacrament in which the children explore through the gifts of water, light, the white garment, the word, and the oil.

Suggested Readings

The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey by Sofia Cavaletti, Patricia Coulter, Gianna Gobbi and Silvianna Montanaro, M.D.

The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavaletti

Atrium of the True Vine


1st and 2nd Grade

Located up the stairs by the nursery Hall first room on the right
10:00-11:30
Catechists: Catherine Bishop and Jennifer Rider

The elementary aged child is captured by the image of the True Vine from the gospel of John.  “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me bears fruit.”  This proclamation responds to the older child’s deep need to know better their relationships with God, family, friends, and the larger community.

The child at this age is seeking answers about how to live in God’s kingdom. The moral parables such as The Good Samaritan, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector and The Ten Bridesmaids offer a model for right action. The reflections of The Found Sheep, The Found Coin and the Prodigal Son provide evidence of God’s unfailing love and endless mercy.

Time-lines are used to depict the unity and vastness of God’s Kingdom and to help the child discover his or her place in Salvation History. The moments of creation, redemption, and Parousia are introduced and deepened as the children reflect on God’s plan to bring all of creation to God’s Self.

Although the level II atrium child is busy with much good work of the hands, very little take-home crafts will be produced. Work is ongoing throughout the year, collected and distributed at the end of the year. Please feel free to come and observe or volunteer and join us as we explore God’s kingdom and the abundant gifts given to us.

 

Suggested Readings

The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 by Sofia Caveletti

Living Liturgy: Elementary Reflections by Sofia Caveletti

The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia by Sofia Cavaletti

Listening to God with Children by Gianna Gobbi

Atrium of the Disciples of Christ

3rd through 5th Grade

Located up the stairs by the nursery Hall first room on the left
10:00-11:30
Catechists: Sloan McKellar and Kim Sewell

A major theme throughout the three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is our covenant relationship with God.  God loves us first then we respond. The level III atrium emphasizes morality, responsibility, and history through study and comparison of the Old and New Testaments.

These children will explore the history of God’s redeeming presence throughout time (Salvation History), through reading, study and discussion of the Old Testament stories of Creation, Sin, The Flood, Abraham and Exodus, as well as the prophets. A work called The Plan of God introduces the children to the idea of collaborating with God and explores the concept that everyone has a role in God’s kingdom.

The Old Testament stories provide many examples of people who have helped further God’s kingdom. Echoing throughout the presentations is the proclamation that “from the beginning of time a plan has existed in the mind of God to bring all people and all of creation to God’s self.”

Now in late childhood, the upper elementary child ponders his response to God and begins to ask questions. “What is my place in the kingdom of God?” “How do I respond to the endless gifts God has given me?” “What sort of life should I live to further the spread of God’s kingdom?”

Suggested Readings

The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 by Sofia Caveletti

Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings  by Sofia Caveletti, selected, translated and introduced by Patricia Coulter

The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom of God by Sofia Cavaletti

 

 Nurturing your Child’s Religious Formation

 The religious education of your child begins at home. You are your child’s first teacher about the love of God. Here are some books that will help you in this journey with your child. It will also help you become more familiar with the Catechesis program that your child is participating in this year.

The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey by Sofia Cavaletti, Patricia Coulter, Gianna Gobbi and Silvianna Montanaro, M.D.

The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavaletti

Listening to God with Children by Gianna Gobbi

DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God by Catherine Maresca

Parenting: A Sacred Path by Patience Robbins

Nurturing Your Child’s  Soul by Timothy Jones

The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 by Sofia Caveletti

Living Liturgy: Elementary Reflections by Sofia Caveletti

The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia by Sofia Cavaletti

The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom of God by Sofia Cavaletti

 

Children’s Chapel

8:45 a.m. service on Sundays
Children’s chapel is located in the chapel.
This ministry serves the three year old to kindergarten age children. Those older are welcome to participate, but their role will be one of modeling worshipful behavior and serving as a helper to the leader instead of a participant.

The format of the service is modeled after the Liturgy of the Word in the Book of Common Prayer. It takes place during the 8:45 worship services on Sunday. Children will follow the CLW leader during the sequence hymn and return into the church during the presentation hymn. The children will watch the celebration of the Eucharist in the chancel (all children of all ages are welcome to come sit up front). They will return to their parents before communion.

CLW is lead by generous parishioners who dedicate their time and talent to this important ministry to the youngest members of our church. It is only through them that this offering is available.

This ministry allows the child to become aware and participate more fully in the parts of the service that the adults participate in during church. It helps instill an understanding and respect for the church and the service we participate in as a family. This ministry is offered year round and is open to anyone who wants to help support and encourage a child’s worship experience at the Cathedral. Please contact Kim Sewell if you would like to help in this ministry.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be available every Sunday except for holidays and when we have Baptisms.

To become involved or if you have questions please contact Laurie McCarley (lauriemc@standrews.ms), Membership Coordinator

Helpful websites:

www.cgs.org -this is the National association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

www.cctheo.org -this is the Center for Children and Theology

Fromthesheepfold.blogspot.com –this is a blog from a catechist at Christs Church. This is a glimps into the spiritual garden that quietly grows from catechesis of the Good Shepherd.


For more information on the Catechesis of The Good Shepherd program please visit www.cgsusa.org. Questions about our program at St. Andrew’s Cathedral contact Laurie McCarley, Membership Coordinator at lauriemc@standrews.ms