Mask Policy for Children's and Youth Programs: May 26, 2021
Thank you for your understanding. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Children's Formation at All Saints
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method is a sensorially rich experience for children ages 3 - 6th grade which illuminates and nourishes the child in their most vital religious needs. It is based on the belief that young children can - and do - experience God. This approach is rooted in the Holy Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.
Traditionally, children meet August-May in one of three atria, which are rooms created to encourage a quiet, prayerful experience. In the atria, children receive lessons from adult "Catechists," who are CGS trained and certified. Hands-on materials are used to help children and Catechists reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith. They ponder biblical passages or prayers from the liturgy by working with the materials created for that text —placing wood figures of sheep in the sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children often copy parables from the Bible, place written prayers in order from the Rite of Baptism, or label a long timeline showing the history of the kingdom of God.
During the months of June and July, children ages 3-6 years old are invited to join us in Children's Liturgy in the Sunshine Room (preschool). This experience from our Children's Formation team meets over the summer (June and July) in the Sunshine Room (preschool). Children ages 3-6 years old engage with formation leaders as they sing, read the Gospel, pray, and reflect on scripture.
Children's Formation Director, Kathleen Busbee: (239) 222-8549
Jeannie Feldman: (205) 516-2347
Joie Hoke: (205) 527-5458
Commissioner: Adam Edwards
3rd Grade Solemn Communion
The Solemn Holy Communion experience is designed to help children more fully explore and enjoy the mystery in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This series of Meditation Classes, Retreat, and Solemn Communion Celebration is an integral part of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Other Opportunities for Children
Each Christmas Eve, Children’s Formation organizes two Christmas Pageants. The first, held at 10:30am, is a pageant with Morning Prayer. The second pageant, held at 4:00pm, is followed by Holy Eucharist. The main cast of both pageants attend two practices the week prior to the pageants. There is no rehearsal for the rest of the participants. Children arrive 30 minutes before the pageants to receive their costumes and practice songs.
Level III Outreach Projects
The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in level III atrium participate in monthly outreach and service projects. These projects include preparing and serving meals to the Family Promise participants, serving at the local soup kitchen, spending time with the elderly residents at the Episcopal Place, collecting items for overseas service men and women, visiting a local Mosque and Temple, participating in the Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil, and cooking bread for the Eucharist.
6th Grade Community Activities
The 6th graders participate in monthly social activities in the fall semester and are invited to join EYC evening events in the winter/spring semester. In May, the 6th graders are celebrated by a special recognition ceremony in church and a dinner party to honor their completion of atrium.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Vacation Bible School 2021: June 28-30, 9:00am-12:00pm Registration is now closed. We will be having a smaller VBS this year to accommodate for necessary restrictions. Capacity is limited. Once capacity is reached, registrants will be automatically placed on a waiting list and notified. Thank you for your understanding.
Become a Catechist
Become an Adult Catechist
Interested in becoming a catechist (trained adult volunteer)? All Saints is always looking for adults to serve as catechists in the atria. The CGS training course is designed to attune participants to the religious life of the child and to provide specific methods and materials to foster the child’s spiritual life. The course not only gives participants a chance to explore the general philosophy and methodology of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd but also provides time of valuable scriptural reflection.