Children's Education

Icon of the Good ShepherdOur Sunday morning education program for children ages 3-12 is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), and begins at 9:30am.  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a contemplative approach to religious formation in which children and adults listen to God as partners in a prepared environment called the atrium. Through a Montessori methodology, the youngest children are drawn to natural, child-size materials they can hold and manipulate as they internalize the love of God.

As they grow older, in keeping with the religious characteristics of older children — and with the Bible and liturgy as content — we embrace the world of the One True Teacher who is Christ himself. 

Begun in 1954 by Hebrew scholar Sofia Cavaletti, and developed over the years, CGS has spread to 37 countries. In the United States, the St. Barnabas is one of 1,250 churches where Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is practiced. In this space, adults and children engage in a religious journey focused on the joy and love of the Good Shepherd.

To learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in general, visit  If you'd like to learn more about CGS at St. Barnabas, talk with Leslie Davey or B. Lahr.  Both would love the chance to answer your questions and invite you for a visit. 


Wednesday Evening Kids Music Program led by Cathy Kuna will begin meeting every Wednesday beginning in April, 2016. Families will meet for a potluck meal at 6:15pm. From 6:45pm-7:30pm the children will sing, play instruments and make a joyful noise with our talented Music Director. During that time, adults meet to read and discuss the Bible readings for the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome!