Saturday, September 18, 2010

Why the blog?

So, why the blog?
I’ll tell it to you straight – I want you to fall in love with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd just as much as I have!  At Christ Church, we are blessed to be able to offer an amazing spiritual formation program for our children, but it’s a bit of a secret.  It isn’t a high frills operation – no jazzy performances, or flashy art projects.  Instead, trained and dedicated catechists and children gather week after week for two hours, meditating on scripture, exploring the liturgy, and singing and praying together.  Some beautiful things are happening, but they are easy to miss. 
My hope for this blog is that it can give you a glimpse into a spiritual garden that is growing quietly in our Church and in the lives of our children each week.  I want to show you pictures of materials and tell you what we are learning from them.  I want to give you a peek at how we spend our time in the atrium and share snippets of conversation with you.  I’d like to open up the language of the atrium so that you can speak it with your children in your home.  I want to share some of the important pieces of moral formation that we offer the children, so you and your children can talk about them and use them as guides in your daily life.  This blog is a chance to unfold the theology of the atrium – a beautiful whole fabric stretched across ten years of childhood – that is truly a gift to the Church from the children themselves. 
            I’m hoping that loving the atrium the way I do will encourage you to bring your kids as much as possible!  I also hope this can be a way of sharing what we are doing at Christ Church with others – if you read something you like share it on Facebook or email it to a friend by using the buttons at the bottom of every post.  I would also like to make this blog a place where you can ask questions and where we can talk together about the spiritual formation of our children – please use the comment button below to enter into the conversation.
Thanks for joining me here!


  1. so happy to be able to listen in on this conversation, les! thanks for sharing your commitment and your wisdom... looking forward to following you!

  2. I find that every time I watch or give a presentation, I learn something new. It's comforting and grounding to go back to the basics. I'm looking forward to exploring the level 2 works with the kids this year!

  3. Hi Leslie,

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I'm looking forward to the stories of what God will do through your team at Christ Church.

  4. Oh, Leslie, it's beautiful! Congratulations on getting in up and running... the hardest part, in my opinion. I can't wait to see what you have to say.

  5. Hi Leslie - I'm thrilled that you've decided to blog about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, both because I think that you will enrich my life and the lives of other parents of children in the atriums, but also because the blogosphere needs more inspiring voices like yours! I look forward to watching Alexandra grow in her faith and am grateful that you are providing an environment for her to do so that is so thoughtful.

  6. I'm going to love this blog. I'm hoping it will also benefit your godson who begins Catechesis again today!

  7. Found you through Barefoot in Suburbia. Eager to learn more. Thanks for this blog.
    Julie at

  8. Thanks for stopping by Julie! Do you have a special interest in Christian formation? I just checked out your adventures with your little ones - how fun! I added your blog to my Reader and look forward to more...


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