Your children are God’s children….please make an investment in their spiritual education and growth. Enroll them in Sunday school early!
Catechesis is a life-long process of initial conversion, formation, education, and ongoing conversion. Through word, worship, service and community, it seeks to lead all God’s people to an ever deepening relationship with God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
SUNDAY SCHOOL IS FOR LIFE !
Wonderful things happen in Sunday School …sometimes. Sunday School will show its promise with just a little more attention. Sunday School can touch the lives of everyone in the parish- from the very young to the very old.
Sunday School – it’s for life!
- about real life
- connected to the Source of life
Sunday School is a place where people and churches can be transformed:
growing leaders for the church’s mission
increasing people’s sense of belonging and commitment to stewardship
providing a place for new people to make friends and learn to grow as disciples
deepening people’s understanding of God’s activity in all of life
WHAT WE OFFER
Thanks to the dedicated service of volunteer parishioners our young people ages 3 ½- High School receive weekly catechetical instruction on the teachings of our faith each Sunday of the academic year. Once registered, parents are asked to bring their young people to Sunday Divine Liturgy on time where they sit together with their classmates in church. Then they are led by our faculty and staff to their respective classrooms for religious education. They return to the sanctuary to receive Holy Communion and to participate in the liturgical processions which take place throughout the ecclesiastical year. Our young people are taught stewardship at this young age by making their weekly offering to the ministries of Christ’s Church. Parents are encouraged to discuss the weekly lessons with the children and to foster an Orthodox Christian environment of prayer at home. Please note that attendance will be taken every week. Only those students who have arrived prior to the start of the lesson will receive credit for attendance. For more information or to explore opportunities to teach Sunday school please contact Fr. Sylvester.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED!
Have you ever considered teaching Sunday School?
One of our goals each year is to find volunteers who are willing to pu aside some time each week to do the Lord’s work. A Sunday School teacher is an individual who has experienced Orthodoxy and wants to step forth and share a religious experience. You can become the person that communicates the Orthodox religion using the Bible, The Divine Liturgy, the lives of the Saints, the parables of the Lord, the Old testament, the prayers and the stories of the Church. Please consider becoming a Sunday School teacher in September. Please talk to Father Sylvester It can be a rich and rewarding experience. JOIN US!
A message from the Sunday School Director – Olympia Daskalakis
The Sunday School program has been a long time tradition at Zoodohos Peghe. We have a full teaching staff that inculcates the message of our Orthodox faith as well as a devoted office staff. A beautiful history of our Sunday School is that, most of our catechists have been students and of those who have children start them in our nursery program.
Our curriculum offers programs from nursery through high school. Some of our nursery students first learn to make their cross or recite the Ayios o Theos. Our middle grades learn about Noah, Adam and Eve and touch upon the Old Testament. The older grades learn the importance of the Nicene Creed, what we believe about the Sacraments, the Saints and Icons. Our Catechists use lesson plans carefully designed for their grades and all necessary tools to bring the lesson to life. Our teachers provide their individuality, personality, humor and mature insight to guarantee a successful assignment. Some of the highlights during our spiritual time together is the Christmas Pageant, making Koliva and Prosforo. Dressed in costumes the children rein act the Nativity, recite beautiful poems and prayers and sing Christmas carols in English and Greek. We have made Koliva together, and our children brought each of their plates in church where Father Sylvester blessed them and recited the names of loved ones provided by the children. They learned the meaning of Prosforo, the seal used and the significance of how it is cut.
We pride ourselves in the trust that is given to us each Sunday by Father Sylvester and the parents. Our Orthodox religion is rich in its unaltered truth. This is the faith the apostles received from Christ and continued on to us.