Listening to God With Children
Thursdays, September 10-October 22 | 8:00-8:45 p.m.
In Listening to God with Children, Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator and trainer, offers a prayerful reflection upon a lifetime of experiences with children. She shares her observations of prayer in children, of how children hear God speak to them personally and with profound simplicity. As adults, we are invited to gently and respectfully enter into the child’s joyful encounter with the mystery of God’s silent self-revelation made tangible through ancient biblical images, liturgical signs and celebrations.
Beginning September 10, St. Stephen’s Church, in partnership with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, will offer an online series based on Gobbi’s book. But this will be more than a book study, and it’s not just for parents!
In collaboration with Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, biblical and Hebrew scholar, Gobbi was instrumental in applying Maria Montessori’s principles to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a method of religious formation wherein the mystery of the child meets the mystery of God in joyful, often-silent encounters.
At St. Stephen’s Church, we have offered Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as our primary means of children’s formation for nearly 15 years because we believe so deeply in the power of entering the secret of childhood, the way of becoming like children ourselves and thus entering the kingdom of heaven. As adults, our own spiritual formation is informed by the desire to enter more fully into the Kingdom of God, into union with Jesus. It’s a bit of a radical notion, but it is precisely what Jesus taught, that the model of a child listening to God can be fruitful in our own lives, and it can actually show us the way.
In this series, facilitated by Allison Seay of St. Stephen’s and Anna Hurdle of St. Peter’s, participants will delve into the secret of childhood, of how the child models the listening stance of prayer as response to God's initiation of prayer. We will seek to be better attuned not only to the spiritual lives and potential of children but to the Inner Voice in each of us. Anna is well known to many at St. Stephen's as the renowned educator who trains adults to serve in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
To register for this free offering, please contact Allison Seay.
You may order a copy of the book here.