Level III For ages 9 to 12. Children must have completed at least two years of the Level II Good Shepherd Program and be in 4th to 6th grade to be eligible for the Level III Good Shepherd program. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is grounded in the belief that the child already has a relationship with God before s/he arrives in the atrium, but desires to understand more fully the nature of that relationship and to celebrate it. The Catechesis seeks to help the child's relationship with God flourish by introducing and pondering with the child core mysteries of the faith in a way that is repectful of both the child at this phase of her/his development and the rich scriptural & liturgical heritage of our sacramental tradition. The adult plays a unique role in the Catechesis - as both the preparer & facilitator of the atrium space and a co-listener with the child before the Word of God. The Level III program is intended to address the 9-12 year old child's growing desire and capacity to wrestle with the mystery of time and his/her own role in history. In the 9-12 atrium, the child is invited to enter into this history more deeply, exploring the "Plan of God" in much greater detail through extensive study of the Old Testament but also archeological and historical material concerning the evolution of civilizations in the Middle East and Europe. The child is introduced to key moments and figures in the history of Israel in particular and is aided in identifiying common threads that run throughout history. The child is also invited to reflect more substantially on his/her role in the Plan of God, discerning which particular gifts they possess and how to put these at the service of God's Reign in ancitcipation of the Parousia. The prophets continue to be lifted up as those who have a special call in listening for and discerning God's Plan announcing it to the world.