Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to the spiritual formation of children. At Church of the Good Shepherd, we believe that children can have an active and meaningful relationship with God, and we seek to create an environment in which the child can foster that relationship with God and fall in love with the deepest mysteries of the faith. The environment and the materials within it are called the atrium. The atrium is a place of quiet contemplation for the child, and the materials are a means of prayer and meditation. Each of our catechists have received at least 90 hours of formation and are certified by the United States Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

We believe that there is no better approach to the spiritual formation of children, which is why we have dedicated so much to this ministry and want to make it available to as many children in Wichita Falls as possible. Our Atria are open every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 and every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 during the school-year. If you are interested, or would like to take a tour of our atrium, please contact us.

 

Nursery
(Infants through 3 years old)

Kimberley Telemamacque and Stephanie Igeoanugo
Open- year round in the lower level of the Parish Hall
(brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level I (3 Years Old - 6 Years Old)

Sarah Sparks, Angie Horany, and Rhiannon Beesinger
The Sheepfold Atrium: In the lower level of the Parish Hall
 (brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level II (6 Years Old - 9 Years Old)

Sarah Cobb
The Meadow Atrium: In the lower level of the Parish Hall
 (brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)
 

Catechesis of the Good shepherd
Level III (9 Years Old - 13 Years Old) 

Amy Chase
The Vineyard Atrium: In the lower level of the Parish Hall
 (brick building on 10th Street next door to the church)

 


Generations: Discipleship for Everyone

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living and growing together

Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship, and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. We eat together. We pray together. We contemplate God's love together. We care for one another and for our community.

This Fall, Generations will be offering a Practicum on Christian Prayer and Meditation. The scriptures encourage us quite often to “pray always,” but most of us can’t imagine how we could, or why we would want to do such a thing. Too often we think that prayer is just “asking for things,” causing many Christians to seek for a meaningful inner life from other sources, not realizing the riches that the ancient Christian spiritual tradition has to offer in this same vein. At Generations this year, we will provide not only the “why,” but also the “how” of Christian prayer. Join us every Wednesday at 5:30!

Fall Generations Schedule

Sept. 18: Outreach/Game Night

Sept. 25: What is Prayer?

Oct. 2: Meditation and Lectio Divina

Oct. 9: Prayer of Simplicity

Oct. 16: Prayer of Presence

Oct. 23: Prayer of the Hours

Oct. 30: Outreach/Game Night

Nov. 6: Spiritual Examen

Nov. 13: Prayer Beads

Nov. 20: Icons and Images

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4: Fasting and Alms

Dec. 11: Habituation, Virtue, and Rule of the Life

Dec. 18: Outreach/Game Night

Generations begins with dinner starting at 5:30 on Wednesday nights. Discussion for adults and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children is from 6-7. Once a month, we have an outreach night, during which we perform a project for a local charity. Contact us if you are interested in helping with dinners.


Adult Sunday School

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For our Fall Semester, starting on September 22 and continuing to Christmas :

  • The Church Fathers: In the Parlor, Fr. Randy Rogers will be teaching an introduction to the Church Fathers. All are welcome to join for a warm breakfast, coffee, and a lively discussion.

  • Anglican Foundations, Part I: Fr. Brian will be teaching an introduction to Anglicanism. This course builds off of “Christian Foundations,” and will be covering Anglican History, the Prayer Book, and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion.


Ministry Safe

Church of the Good Shepherd utilizes the Ministry Safe system to help protect our youngest parishioners. This system requires adult volunteers to be background checked and trained before having the privilege of working with children. Our policy is to always have at least two adults with any individual or group of children at all times. We use security cameras throughout our facilities and keep doors open or windows visible to rooms where children's ministry is taking place. For more information about Ministry Safe, you can visit their website here.