THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to children’s Christian formation that is based on the methods of Maria Montessori. In 1954, Hebrew scholar Sophia Cavalletti along with Montessori educator Gianna Gobbi began this program by observing children from ages three to twelve. Through their observations and work with the children they were made aware of the deep relationship children already have with God. Their goal was to help the children find God by themselves.
A dedicated space called “the atrium” is central to this formation program. In the ancient church an atrium was the place where people would prepare themselves to enter the church from the outside world. Therefore, our atrium is preparing the children for the church and a deeper relationship with God. Within this sacred space the children are given materials to work with that will help them discover the most essential meanings of Jesus’ message. This allows the child the time they so desperately need to build a personal relationship with The Good Shepherd. Along with song, prayer, Bible readings, and nomenclature of the church, the children are becoming fully prepared to be participants in the liturgy of the church.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." We understand in the atrium that we all must become like the children as we ponder and experience Jesus together.
This course will provide the first Level of training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. The Level I training will include: exploring the essential elements of our faith that will aid in developing a deep and long lasting relationship with God, considering the religious capacity and needs of the 3 to 6 year old child, discussing the Montessori perspective of child development, and preparing the adult for sharing and pondering with the child themes from the Bible and the Liturgy with emphasis on the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.
LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Location: General Seminary - 440 West 21st Street - New York, New York10011
Sessions will be held in the Chapel.
Training Dates: June 11-15, 2018 and June 10-14, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
There will be one hour given for lunch. You are responsible for bringing your lunch.
$500 for those not enrolled at General or members of Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit
Certification as a Level I Formation Leader from CGSUSA will be given upon completion of the 90 hour course.
Financial aid is available through CGSUSA. Payment plan can be arranged.
Registration and deposit of $50 are required by May 15, 2018.
COURSE FORMATION LEADER
Alice Coke-Corkern has been involved with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd since 2005. She was trained in Level I by the formation team at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, and Level II and III by Lynne Worthington of Ball Ground, Georgia. Alice started the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama in 2008, and at Calvary Episcopal Church In Summit, New Jersey in 2011. Alice was recognized as a formation leader in June 2015. Alice is the wife of the Reverend Canon Matthew Corkern and mother of Preston Coke-Corkern, a senior in high school.
Please contact Alice Corkern for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-278-6679