The Atrium 

Holy Trinity is pleased to offer an extraordinary and beautiful approach to the religious formation of children in our community. This method is known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. International in its scope, serving children of diverse cultures and backgrounds, it has proven to be profoundly effective for the children and families who worship in churches that value Scripture, Liturgy, and Sacrament. 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd takes its name from one of the earliest and most central presentations offered to children, the parable of the Good Shepherd. It helps the child enjoy a relationship with God, a relationship of deep peace, a relationship of real love. There is a profound respect for the child and the child’s desire to come closer to God. 

What is The Atrium? 

You will hear the term “The Atrium” used a lot when referencing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Atrium is the room that is prepared for the children. It is not a classroom. Instead it is a place of religious experience, community, and worship. Everything in this room is intended to be appropriate to the ages and sizes of children who gather there. The furniture is child-sized to foster moving about freely, working comfortably, using and moving objects. The materials aid the children in their understanding of the teachings of Jesus, worshiping God, and the essential tenets of our faith. 

What ages? 

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to children ages 3 years (on or before August 31, 2019) through 3rd grade. 

When does it take place? 

We offer atrium from 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesdays during the school year. Having a midweek atrium gives the children a chance to settle in, receive more lessons, have the quiet work time to really be able to listen to the Holy Spirit (who is the teacher in the Atrium), and have a closing circle time.  For safety reasons, children must be registered before they begin. Questions? Contact Lisa

Where does it take place? 

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Atrium takes place at the Parish Center located at 9555 US 15 501 Hwy N, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.  It is located just outside the entrance of Briar Chapel. Our entrance is in the back. 


Starting in the Fall of 2016, we opened the Atrium as a mission to the public as a way to share this wonderful ministry with the families in our community. If you are interested in signing your child or children up for the atrium, please contact Lisa McCowen

Your Help Needed. 

We need folks who would be willing to serve as assistants, preferably on a minimum one-month rotation. Screening and minimal training provided. No weekly preparation is needed, just a willingness to serve the children by reading Scripture booklets aloud to our youngest children, light an occasional candle, and observe the children as they spend time with God.  The catechists will prepare and offer presentations for the children. 

Even if you are not with the children each week, there are plenty of opportunities to help with the atrium. Our most urgent need is for some woodworking. We could use help with some light woodworking, modeling Sculpy figures, painting, constructing materials, sewing, and refurbishing some found items for use in the atrium. Nancy has very specific written instructions for folks to follow and will be available for questions. We would love to have fresh flowers for flower arranging most weeks! 

Would you like to learn more about The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?  

For more information on the Atrium or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, click here. Or contact Lisa McCowen for more information at (651) 600-6626.