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Parent Toddler Course



Early Bird Rate: $350 with cost of two or more from same atrium, $325 each.

This five day course will prepare catechists who have completed a 3-6 course to adapt the methodology and content of the 3-6 atrium for toddlers and their parents. Course Leader Davette Himes has been offering a two-hour session for toddlers and parents at All Saints Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA for several years and offered the first US toddler course in July, 2016. Join her to discover how the Toddler Atrium and parent education can be a powerful ministry to families in parishes, as well as evangelization and outreach. The course will concentrate on the spiritual life of the young child, supporting their growth and development and fostering independence through purposeful work, helping parents and parish to live out the baptismal covenant, incorporating CGS in the home, living the church year, and creating a toddler atrium.  The course will meet in Davette's beautiful toddler environment at All Saints. 

Course limit: 20

Prerequisites: Level I Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Cost: $400

Discount for two or more from the same atrium, $350 each.

Do you need financial aid to attend this course? Contact Catherine Maresca

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, http://www.sharonchapel.org

Certificate: There is not an official set of materials to serve toddlers in an atrium so the certificate for this course is from CCTheo, and is not a CGSUSA course.


Lodging Information

Near King Street Metro--one stop away on Yellow Line.  Good if flying into National and do not want to rent a car.
Near Whole Foods, easy walk to King Street and shops
Near Eisenhower Metro, Movie theater, restaurants
Shuttle to King Street or Eisenhower Metro
Eisenhower Metro, Theater, shops, restaurants
Richmond Highway, shuttle to Huntington Metro, relatively new property. 

Using 3-6 Materials in the 6-9 Atrium

Most of the essential themes and materials offered in the 3-6 atrium are also present in the 6-9 atrium, but are used with older children with some additional points of discussion and new ways to work with the material. This workshop will introduce participants to the characteristics of the 6-9 year old child and explore their implications for use with older children. Offered in the summer or fall when a group requests it.

CCTheo Collaborative: Catechists Working Together

CCTheo Collaboratives for your region:

Our Collaboratives gather a group of catechists who would like to work together on the announced topic. A small group of leaders facilitate the work of the group and serve as resources on the announced topic. The Collaborative lasts for several days, and includes time to work together and alone on goals related to the topic set by each participant.

  • 2-3 days of work dedicated to the topic
  • peer and leader support to set your goals and develop a plan you can implement when you leave
  • topics include Parent Education, Sacramental Preparation, or others determined by the needs of your region
  • resources and background provided by team leaders

Schedule your Collaborative today. Contact Catherine Maresca at the Center for Children and Theology.

In 2013 we explored the topic of Parent Education, to strengthen your program as you help your parents begin to understand the work of their children in the atrium. Here’s one participant’s reflection on the CCTheo Collaborative: 

The Parent Communication Collaborative was a delightful experience. Instead of recreating needed resources and ideas, we all shared what we had. Together we explored what was still missing and dreamed of what could be. But in addition to talking about possibilities, we used the built-in work times to actually create together, in pairs or small groups, exactly what we needed in our own atria. The atmosphere of the retreat center, the format, and the facilitators all made this a most fruitful time together. I left not just with practical parent communication tools and a specific plan for my own atria, but with a deep gratitude for the generous encouragement of fellow catechists. Indeed, we are never in this work of "The Catechesis" alone!  –Susan Stith, Portage PA

In 2015 We explored the topic of Sacramental Preparation, adapting Sofia’s model for your situation considering diocesan requirements, large numbers, space constraints, parish traditions, school settings, denominational practices etc.  Each participant developed a plan that fit her needs! 

I wanted to let you know that our second graders celebrated their First Reconciliation the second week of Advent. The parents embraced the white garment and lighting candles from the Paschal candle. Thank you for your guidance given at the Sacramental Preparation Collaborative you held in June. Knowing Sofia's plan for not only Sacramental Prep, but also how to celebrate the Sacraments helped us create an environment that was truly grace filled. One parishioner who came to church that morning for other reasons commented on the joy she saw in the children, moving around in their white garments.Thank you, again, for sitting with all of us who attended your workshop. Your encouragement to return with my 'plan' to my parish became very fruitful. Sr. Jane, our DRE, ordered the pocket gospels. I scheduled the 5 family sessions to do the meditations. Though we are nowhere close to Sophia's model, we are certainly moving in that direction.  -Patty Howell, Glen Rock, PA

Weaving Our Gifts: A Conference of Catechists

Share - Renew - Network

Worship - Learn - Enjoy
 at our eighth WOG conference

with keynote speaker

Betsy Coe, PhD

October 26-29, 2017
at the 
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center 
in West Hartford, Connecticut

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Within the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd community exists a breadth of knowledge and experience. Weaving Our Gifts, organized by the Center for Children and Theology brings these gifts together using a model of collegial presentations. Through the sharing of our studies and experiences as catechists, we gain a rich exposure to new information and a deeper connection to the heart of CGS gained in our courses. Each gathering includes a robust mix of practical, reflective, and renewing experiences.

Reviews from past participants of Weaving Our Gifts:

"It is indeed the most helpful conference I've been to in terms of faith formation, and of course, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd."

"Riveting, challenging, nourishing."

"Great, honest dialogue -- I am learning and being stretched (which is a good thing)."

"Each year the variety [of presentations] increases and shows how alive and growing the Catechesis is....In fact, the workshops are so energizing that I want to attend everything!"

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