and do not hinder them, for the kingdom
of heaven belongs to such as these.”
children as we ponder and experience Jesus together.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Biblical and Liturgical Formation for Children
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. We continue to strive for this today.
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, in our atrium the children are preparing for the church and developing a deeper relationship with God. Within this sacred space, children are given material that helps them discover the most essential meanings of Jesus’ message. This allows children the time they so desperately need to build personal connection with Jesus, 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.
There are three levels of formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd designated by age. Children develop and change as they age; therefore, the atria are divided as such. Level I, for 3 to 6 year olds in kindergarten, focuses on the great joy and love of the Good Shepherd. Level II, for 6 year olds in 1st grade to 9 year olds in 3rd grade, focuses on The True Vine and how children maintain their places on the Vine. Level III, for 4th grade and 5th grade, focuses on the History of God’s Kingdom throughout time, helping children to establish their places in this History. Each level builds on the former, creating links between Biblical text, the Liturgy of the Church, and the Life of God’s People.
Vacation Bible School
Summit CommUNITY Camp ~ Last Week of July
Every Summer Calvary partners with local churches in Summit for a week of Vacation Bible School, hosted at Central Presbyterian Church. We gather each day to hear stories from the bible, learn about mission, sing, pray, play games, and explore with great experiments. We finish out the week with a final day of camp filled with service projects that benefit the local community. Children in preschool-5th grade are invited to attend as campers, and youth in middle and high school are invited to serve as volunteer counselors. Camp runs from 8:30am-12pm, with optional AfterCamps from 12-4pm.
Stay tuned for registration links! And if you have questions about camp, contact the Rev. Carrie Cabush.