Christ Church Cathedral | Education – Children
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Christ Church Cathedral

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The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Overview of the Children’s Program

We are pleased to offer a Christian Formation program for children, ages three to 12, which adapts to their needs as they grow. We utilize the Montessori-based The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Classes run on Sundays, beginning at 9:45 a.m., September through May, and ending around 10:30 a.m. when the children join their parents and grandparents worshipping at the 10 a.m. liturgy for the distribution of Holy Communion.


Children learn about events in the Bible and the geography of the Holy Land. They learn about the liturgy and the meaning of Holy Communion. They learn about compassionate and loving service.


By accommodating various learning styles, we are able to support the spiritual development of all children. We build on the belief that children have a special capacity to experience the presence of God. The classrooms are warm, attractive and safe, while the lessons foster a sense of wonder and love for God. Children meet in one of three classrooms, divided by level pre-kindergarten to kindergarten, first through third grade and fourth through sixth grade.


For more information, or to register your child, contact Beth Mendez.

Children Camps

Exploring Spirituality through Music and Art


Christ Church Cathedral offers summer camps for children that bring a new depth to other offerings in the region. During the choir camp, children sing, play instruments, create art, play games, enjoy good meals and explore Christian faith. The art camp explores the ways art and the sacred meet through the creation of that art.


Each week-long camp is led by professional musicians and artists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, inspiration and spirituality with young people. And each is built upon the same principles: to use the sacred space of the cathedral to nurture both the faith and the artistic development of children.


These vibrant summer programs provide children from the cathedral congregation, the diocesan parishes and the community beyond an opportunity to come and enjoy an experience that intentionally and openly encourages them to awaken to their own inner spirituality, no matter what their beliefs.


2015 Schedule


Choir Camp: Monday through Friday, July 18 – 22, 2016
Art Camp: Dates to be announced


For more information on the choir camp, contact Stephan Casurella.


For more information concerning the art camp, contact Beth Mendez.

Meet Our Director of Children’s Formation and Family Ministries

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.31.04 PMBeth Mendez joined the cathedral’s staff as director of Children’s Formation and Family Ministries in August of 2011.


The Knoxville, Tennessee, native is a cradle Episcopalian, and she grew up in a family that worshipped at a cathedral. She holds two master’s degrees, one in special education and one in elementary education – both earned at the University of Tennessee. She has taught kindergarten and preschool and worked as an intervention specialist and an educational assistant. For one year, she directed a climbing tower and challenge course at a Girl Scout camp.


Beth and her husband, John, have two children of their own – Elias, 7, and Grace, 5. The family lives in Westwood.