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. 



We have Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to help develop your child's spiritual understanding of Jesus Christ in age appropriate ways from three years-old thru the highest level of sixth grade. This program has served as a model for so many Episcopal churches across the country. We are committed to strengthening the quality, creativity, and standards of this program for future generations. 

Level I (3K-5K)

The Good Shepherd Atrium and The Light Atrium:Discovering and deepening the child's relationship with Jesus as the Good Shepherd is the primary focus of the Level I atrium. The children will explore how we respond to the call of the Good Shepherd through liturgy and will study the Kingdom of God through scripture selected with the 3-5 year old child in mind.

Level II (1st-3rd)

The True Vine Atrium and The Kingdom Atrium:The second level of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is designed to help the child further his relationship with Christ by figuring our his own part of God's plan. The child at this stage of development is very black and white and is developing his sense of right and wrong. The Atrium at this level offers Christ's teachings as a way of exploring the child's moral sense. The child is called to draw on the relationship he has built with Christ and allow it to grow and develop in this new way, leading the child to see his responsibilities in the Kingdom of God.

Level III (4th-6th)

The Mountaintop Atrium:This third level is designed for the child that is rooted in his relationship with Christ, has explored his responsibility in this relationship and wants to expand his understanding of the call of Christ. The child will continue to explore his place in the world, will look further to peoples of the world and the History of Salvation, and how we all fit in the Plan of God. We will examine stories from the Old Testament and think of what they mean to us today. The child in the Level III atrium will also think about the origins of liturgy and how worship as we experience it today developed.

Need More Information?

Contact Stephanie Spinks by EMAIL or 205.933.1140 for any questions related to this program.