Children’s Formation

At the Cathedral of All Souls we honor the “spiritual potential” of each child and use a method of formation that introduces the essentials of the Christian Faith, and engages and delights children in our Episcopal tradition. It is called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

To register your child for Children and Youth Formation Classes, please click this link.

Please contact our Assistant for Children’s Formation, Micki Hill, for more information: micki@allsoulscathedral.org.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to religious education that offers the essentials of the Christian Faith in a way that engages and delights children. Developed by Biblical scholar Sofia Cavalletti, this method follows the belief that even the very youngest child has a religious life. Based on Scripture, Liturgy and the understanding of child development Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (website) is divided into three levels that correspond to the Montessori planes of development. Throughout all levels, children are invited to interact with the Sacraments, the Bible, Infancy and Passion Narratives, Prophecies, and Parables in a manner that is developmentally appropriate. The presentations and conversations increase in detail and sophistication as the child matures.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Website

Email Micki Hill for more information

Level I (Ages 3 – 6)

The primary aim of the Level I experience is to help children know and enjoy God through the image of the Good Shepherd. We provide guidance and vocabulary that enables them to contemplate and enjoy God’s presence. A conscious and intimate relationship is fostered between the child and God as they come to realize that it is in Baptism that the Good Shepherd shares His Light and in the Eucharist where we meet the Good Shepherd in a particular way. The enjoyment of the gift of God’s own self to the child is the foundation for further religious insight and moral development.

Level II (Ages 6 – 9)

In Level II, children will come to know Christ through the Parable of the True Vine. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches,” and repeatedly asks us to remain or abide in Him. Moral sensitivity begins here and grows with the presentation of Jesus’ maxims, and moral parables. The child’s desire to live in relationship to the Good Shepherd, following his commandment “to love God and love others” flows from the relationship of loving trust that was established in Level I. The child begins to discover the vast cosmic history of God’s plan of salvation and that they have something to contribute to it.

Level III (Ages 9 – 11)

The imagination of the older child coupled with his/her concept of time are powerful stimuli to explore Sacred History as a history that encompasses past, present and future. We explore the Old Testament in 5 Typology studies: Creation, The Fall, The Flood, Abraham and Moses and through the call and struggles of the prophets. The children begin to look at the Plan of God as a plan of communion, a plan which links all people together in one great mystery. The emphasis is on our response to the unfolding generosity of God and the responsibilities that come with receiving God’s great gifts. “What is the kingdom of God and my place in it?” is a question that begins to lay the foundation for a life’s commitment.

Nursery

Located in the 1st room of the Children’s Education Wing (behind the Owen Library), the nursery is for children Birth to 3. It is a safe and inviting space, and has been carefully furnished to engage our youngest children and meet their developmental needs. The nursery is open from 8:45 a.m. through the 11:15 a.m., service throughout the year.

If you are planning a special event for which you would like to request a nursery, contact Samuel Hunter at samuel@allsoulscathedral.org to request child care for all special services and events.

Vacation Bible School

​The Cathedral of All Souls joins with several area churches for an Ecumenical VBS experience called MarketPlace 29 A.D.

MarketPlace VBS is a joyful experience that invites us to journey as tribes of Israel through the lively setting of a Judean town set in the time of Jesus’ ministry. Children will hear Bible stories from our storytellers, see Bible dramas come alive, study with the Rabbi, visit the shops & make crafts, play games, dance, make music and serve others! Over 100 volunteers gather to care for 175 children from 7 area churches

Participating churches are:

  • The Cathedral of All Souls
  • Circle of Mercy UCC
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • St. James Episcopal Church (Black Mountain)
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
  • Trinity Episcopal Church

This event takes place at the neighboring campuses of First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal churches.

Read more about the Marketplace 29 AD curriculum