Diocese of Rupert's Land • Anglican Church of Canada
and the community
Ministry to Children
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a program of Christian formation for children ages 3 through 12. It begins with the understanding that there is a deep bond between God and each child. Based on the teaching methods of Maria Montessori and drawing on the most essential elements of scripture and liturgy, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd helps children to name, explore and deepen this relationship as the foundation for their lives.
The vision for this faith experience began in Rome in 1954 with Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew Scripture scholar and her co-worker, Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator. It has spread internationally. In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, the classroom, called the atrium, is a spiritual environment - a place of worship rather than a traditional classroom. It is a place of work that becomes prayer and conversation with God. It is a prepared environment where children grow in the knowledge of Jesus and His love. The work in the atrium prepares them for involvement in the larger worshipping community.
The hands-on materials in the atrium encourage children to explore and deepen their experiences at their own pace. The children are free to work with materials that represent the essence of the Christian message. The adult’s role is to prepare the environment; present works that call forth the child’s response; then step back, allowing God and the child to work together.
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