Training for catechists (Level II)
Level II // August 1-5, 2016 at St. Stephen's
(Looking for Level I training? It's here.)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a unique Christian approach to spiritual formation for children ages 3-12 years old. It is based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is done in a specially prepared environment called an atrium. Children use hands-on materials to explore and reflect on scripture, prayer, and liturgical events. Together children and adults reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) requires training for adults at each level or age group. Level II is for children ages 6-9. Each level of training requires 90 hours of adult reflection and lessons presentation, in addition to material making and atrium observation. Presentations and materials will reflect both Roman Catholic and Episcopal liturgies and traditions.
This offering is open to all--you do not have to be a member of St. Stephen's Church to participate. Catechists or aspiring catechists from other churches of any denomination are most welcome.
Level II formation course objectives
- To present the methodology and guiding principles of CGS as it especially pertains to the 6- to 9-year-old child.
- To offer guidelines and assistance in preparing the Level II atrium environment, and in making the catechist’s album and catechetical material.
- To deepen an adult theology of the fundamentals of our faith, especially scripture and liturgy
Anna Hurdle is recognized by CGSUSA to lead formation courses at all three levels. She has led courses throughout the country for both catechists and formation leaders. Anna is a practicing catechist and Montessori teacher based in Charlotte, NC.
To join the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to www.cgusa.org
Registration, fees, and child care
This course consists of two parts which can be taken in either order—Part 2 (August 1-5, 2016) and Part 1 to take place in the summer of 2017 (dates TBA). Tuition for both parts is $525 total for the first participant from a parish and $425 for each subsequent parishioner.
Tuition for St. Stephen’s parishioners will be waived, though books and supplies will total approximately $50. Further donations to support this program are welcome—please give as you are led. Tuition includes 90 hours of workshop and a certificate fee. Upon completion of both parts of this course (2016 and 2017), a certificate will be awarded by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Child care is available; please use the contact information below for further inquiry.
Jan Locher, lead catechist // 804.288.2867 (leave message) // email