Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training

The Christian Formation for our children ages 3-9 is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  This Montessori based program is centered in scripture and liturgy and gives our youngest children the opportunity to develop their relationship with Jesus and to more fully participate in the liturgy.  Adults who work with the children have their own formation experience and deepen their own relationship with God.  St. Andrew’s is offering another opportunity for adults to learn about the child, to be better parents, grandparents, and Christian leaders at St. Andrew’s.  Classes are currently suspended, but will resume at a later date.  This course will cover liturgy and scripture, Montessori theory, and many other topics.

Course Objectives:

  • To explore with participants the general developmental and religious characteristics of the 3-6 year old child.
  • To facilitate meditation upon the biblical and liturgical themes of the Catechesis.
  • To offer guidelines and assistance to catechists in setting up an atrium for 3-6 year olds, preparing an album, and making materials.
  • To deepen participants’ ability to observe and learn from children, while also exploring avenues for deepening parental and congregational ability to observe and learn from children.


If you are interested in working with the young children of St. Andrew’s, or just want to know more about CGS and children, please consider joining this course.  This group currently  includes participants from other area Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches.   If you have questions or are considering joining the course, please contact Margaret Schaefer at