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Children & Youth
Christian formation starts at birth and is a lifelong process.  Christian education for children and youth differs in many ways from adult Christian education.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, National Association of the
An approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.
Center for the Theology of Childhood
The Center's mission is to nourish the moral and spiritual development of children, through training, research, and writing about Godly Play. The goal of our approach to spiritual formation is playful orthodoxy. The tradition of orthodoxy is combined with the creativity of play to integrate what are often thought of as opposites to make room for God to become manifest in the community of children and adults
Children at Worship
This organization instructs congregations and clusters of congregations on the precepts and strategies of full inclusion in worship communities.
Godly Play Resources
This organization provides resources for Godly Play, which is an approach to children's spiritual formation. This approach is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A)
Leadership Resources provided this youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th - 12th grades. It uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore its core messages.