Level One CGS Training Course 2018
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level I Adult Formation Course for working with 3-6 year old children

Hosted by:
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
110 West Hawthorne Road
Homewood, Alabama 35209
Approved by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a formation experience for children ages 3-12 years old. It is based on the belief that young children can and do experience God. The work of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is done in a specially prepared environment called an atrium. Children use hands-on materials to explore and reflect on scripture, prayer, and liturgical events. Together children and adults reflect on the great mysteries of the Christian faith.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori approach to religious formation. It was developed under the guidance of Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a scriptural scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator, more than 50 years ago when they founded the Good Shepherd Atrium in Rome. Today the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd exists in 22 countries worldwide.

Course Description
Based on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children, the Level I course is the foundation for the work in the atrium. Upon completion of the Level I course, participants will have received the entire catechetical work for 3-6 year old children and will receive certification from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Course objectives:
- To explore the methodology and guiding principals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
- To explore the religious nature and the most vital religious needs of the 3–6 year old
- To meditate on the Biblical and Liturgical themes presented to the 3-6 year old child;
- To experience the lessons of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for one’s own spiritual formation
- To offer guidance and assistance in preparing an atrium and materials, and making a catechist’s album

Dates & Times
The Level One course will be offered over 8 weekends in 2018:
February 9-10
March 9-10
April 27-28
May 11-12
June - off
July - off
Aug - late
Sept - mid
Oct - mid
Nov - mid

Fridays: 5:00-9:00 PM (working dinner)
Saturdays: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (45 minute lunch)

Formation Leader
Stephanie Diethelm: Stephanie is the former Director of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL. She has been a catechist since 1998 and has been traveling as a nationally recognized Formation Leader in this approach to Religious Formation since 2005. Her two children, Catherine and Christopher, inspired her to research this method.

Registration and Tuition
Course tuition is $600. A reduced rate of $500 per participant is charged after the first three from the same parish. Payment plans are possible for multiple registrations from the same parish. Scholarships are available through the Tina Lillig Memorial Fund at www.cgsusa.org. $300 deposit is due on February 1, 2018. The remaining $300 is due on August 15, 2018. Make checks payable to All Saints' Episcopal Church. Please note "CGS Training" in the subject line. Church address is 110 W. Hawthorne Road, Homewood, AL 35209, Attn: Teresa Mason, Financial Administrator.

Tuition includes 90 hours of workshop, checking of album, consultation and certificate fee. Upon completion of the course, a certificate will be awarded by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Materials Required
Participants will need the Level One Bundle (Religious Potential of the Child, Listening to God with Children, and The Good Shepherd and the Child: a Joyful Journey). These can be purchased on the cgsusa.org website. Participants will also need a 3 ring binder, paper, and a journal for the course.

For more information contact:
Kathleen Busbee (kbusbee@allsaintsbhm.org/205-769-3189)

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