GROWING GOD'S CHILDREN
Children's Christian Formation
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a creative and innovative approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the best practice teaching methods. Children gather in the Atria, located in the Drennen House, in rooms that contain simple yet beautiful materials and resources that they use.
An Experiential Way to Learn the Gospel and Biblical Principles
In an atria, children can explore a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. There are many other learning resources and lessons to be explored at this stage of your child's spiritual development.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Home
We are so excited to be settling into our new spaces in the beautiful new Drennen House! Atria are getting set up and we are able to serve children on Sunday mornings. The pandemic has put limitations on our capacity and for many it has prevented participation in Christian Formation altogether. Children’s ministries wants to support you and your family in your efforts to guide your children’s spiritual growth and keep you connected to the parish, both in person and remotely.
At the link below you will be directed to some resources at our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd AT HOME webpage! This doesn’t have to be a long session; for younger children it could last 15 minutes, and older elementary children could be engaged twice that long. The main thing is to be together and ponder the words of Jesus.
We hope you enjoy these resources. Would love to know how it’s going!