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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

St. John’s is excited to offer the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our children. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy, and Montessori methods. As this method was developed, children of various ages were presented many elements of liturgy and scripture.  The initiators of this method wanted to know, how do children experience and develop a relationship with God?  What is the mystery of God that children most want to hear at various ages?  What brings them joy, peace, and deep contentment? The responses of the children governed the development of this approach. As the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd spread, it became apparent that children around the world possess great spiritual capacities to know God, beginning with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep, calls them by name, cares for them, gathers them together, and lays down his life for them.  Given the right environment, the young child can fall in love with God, and the older child can know how the mystery of God meets the expanding world that is coming into the child’s view.

Saint John’s provides an “atrium,” a specially prepared environment for religious formation, containing beautiful materials that are introduced by the presenter and used by the children.  These materials enable the children to understand, in a hands-on way, various elements of Scripture—the parables, the life of Jesus, the history and geography of Israel, the moral life—and liturgy, especially the sacraments of the Eucharist and Baptism.  These attractive, hand-finished materials are accessible for the children to choose any time after they have received a presentation with them.

We have suspended Sunday School while we hire a new Director of Children’s Ministries, but we plan to resume the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the fall of 2022.  Information about this position can be found here.  Please spread the word!  Meanwhile, you may call the office to make an appointment with the Rector to stop by, with or without your children, to experience the atrium for yourself.