Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been described as a meeting place of two mysteries: the mystery of God, and the mystery of the children.
This program is highly child-centered and allows children to enter into a relationship with God in their own ways, and in their own time. We meet in the atrium, a quiet, focused place - more like a children’s chapel than a classroom. Everything in the atrium is designed with simplicity, beauty, and dignity, and all items are child-sized.
Each Sunday, a different presentation is offered in the atrium, for example: The Presentation of the Geography and Land of Israel, where the children locate the very place where Jesus was born; there is The Presentation of Liturgical Calendar and Colors, which shows the way our church year is structured.
The heart of the catechesis holds that children have a deep capacity to receive and experience the most essential elements of our faith and where God is encountered through Word and action.
The first three Sundays of each month, we will meet in the atrium at 9:45 a.m. During the Peace, we bring your children back to the Sanctuary for Communion.
The fourth Sunday of each month, the children will be in church; we encourage them to sit in the front pews so that they can see in the church for themselves what they learned and experienced in the atrium.
All children are welcome to visit our atrium, and anyone can drop in any time they are visiting to experience the Good Shepherd, the one who calls each of us by name.