Sunday Church School News
As the end of the Summer is quickly approaching, we are getting ready for Back to School preparations and the beginning of a new academic year. Our Sunday Church School at St. Athanasios Church, is also opening its doors to all of our existing families, as well as, new ones. Our school offers a religious education that takes place right after Holy Communion and it is closely aligned with the curriculum recommendations of the Archdiocese of America. Please try to bring your children to class every Sunday, so that they can understand the value of Sunday School and stay in touch with our religion. Students in each grade will be taught lessons that will strengthen their Faith, and at the same time, present to them the countless Christian values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. We have an exciting year in front of us and are grateful and humbled for trusting us with your children’s religious education. It is without a doubt, a worthy commitment and a blessing to experience the teachings of our Greek Orthodox faith.
Like every year, please try to stay involved and volunteer for committees for the upcoming events we are planning. Your involvement and commitment make this educational experience possible. Each year we strive to make our program better and we appreciate any feedback you can offer. Our main goal is that our children have a positive experience, in a creative teaching environment. Teaching Sunday School is equivalent to educating them about Greek Orthodoxy and making sure they understand the beauty of our faith. Our Sunday Church School teachers are personally invested in each student, encouraging their growth, individual skills, and talents. We appreciate our teachers and assistants volunteerism and commitment to St. Athanasios Sunday Church School and we wish them a blessed year. They are the heart of the Religious Education program. It is through their time, creativity, enthusiasm, and spirit that we are able to impart the lessons of Orthodoxy and Faith in our children.
We anticipate that you and your children will have a productive Sunday School year filled with the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions you might have regarding our school and events for the new academic year. I will be more than happy to get back to you.
Eliana Antoniou, Ph.D.
Sunday School Director
For more information email@example.com
Sunday Church School Introduction
Sunday Church school is held during the regular school year. Grade levels are “Little Angels” through 12th grade. Registration will be held on Sunday, September 11th . Please see enclosed registration form. We ask all parents to enroll their children in Sunday Church School and have them attend on a regular basis so that they may become close to the Church and learn more about their faith. The first day of Sunday Church School will be September 4th.
The Importance of Sunday School
“Let the children come to me, so not to hinder them; for to such belongs the Kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10: 14-15
Christian education is a challenge to the work of the Church. Not only did our Lord and Savior continuously teach the word of God during His early mission, but the Church as well from the earliest times looked upon Christian education as one of its essential ministries. As the first Christians joined the Church “they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
The greatest gift, the most precious inheritance that we have to give to our children is our Greek Orthodox Faith. Jesus makes it clear that He wants children to come to know Him, and the He considers it a grave offence for an adult to hinder this process or lead child astray: “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matt 18:6
The Central aim of Christian education in our Church is to evoke and nurture faith in Jesus Christ according to the Orthodox phronema (vision) out of which issues a genuine Orthodox way of life. The Church nurtures a living awareness of the risen Christ in our midst, who is the true Celebrant of Sacraments and the true Teacher of His people, and makes Himself known to use by the grace of the Holy Spirit. The whole range of Orthodox educational material- books, filmstrips, visuals, Bible Studies, lives of saints contemporary discussion of Christian values- becomes effective to the degree that communicates the love and sprit of Christ.
The focus of our efforts to educate our beloved children in the Orthodox Christian Faith must remain in our Sunday School program. When we bring our children regularly to Sunday School we provide them with a gift of knowledge that has lifelong value and significance.
The need of Christian education is as immediate as when the disciples first appealed to Jesus: “Teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1
Christian education is an essential and abiding ministry in the Church. As other important ministries, it is never finished. It can be as vital and meaningful as the whole body of the Church makes it through provision of adequate personal, spiritual and financial resources.
The validity of Christian education is demonstrated by the truth that a well informed Christian is a spiritually committed Christian within the greater body of the Church. The commission of Christian education comes from the Lord Himself:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Matt 28: 19-20
Our St. Athanasios Sunday Church School Program begins on September 3rd at 10:00 A.M. Parents: Bring your children to Sunday School. Your personal example and involvement in the religious education of your children are extremely important. The priest and teachers can not do the job alone. Here is how you can help develop the spiritual life and moral upbringing of your children.
- Register your child to our Sunday Church School Program.
- Bring them to Church on time.
- Stay and worship at the Divine Liturgy in the Church.
- Be positive about Church.
- Discuss with them what they learned each Sunday.
- Teach them to bring their weekly stewardship offering.
- Give your personal example of Christian living.
- Emphasize regular repentance and Holy Communion.
- Put Church before every other activity on Sunday.
- Avoid criticism of others.
- Let your love for Our Lord Jesus Christ radiate.
Church and School Guidelines
- Church Etiquette
- Church School Guidelines
- Fasting Guidelines
- Church School Curriculum
- Church School Goals
- The Importance of Sunday School
- The Lord’s Prayer
- The Confession of the Faith (The Nicene Creed)
Sunday Church School Faculty
- Spiritual Advisor: Protopresbyter Anargyros Stavropoulos
- Director: Eliana Antoniou , Ph.D.; Stella Dimatos
- Advisors: Presbytera Christina Stavropoulos, Vasiliki Karamitos & Athena Georgotas
- Little Angels and Pre-K: Dina Burke & Stella Dimatos
- Kindergarten: Anna Zalokostas
- First and Second Grades: Stella Backos & Maria Zalokostas
- Third and Fourth Grades: Sotiria Stavropoulos & Maria Stavropoulos
- Fifth and Sixth Grades: Lillianne Dugan
- Seventh and Eighth Grades: Evangelia Spirou & Peter Georgotas
- Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh & Twelfth: Nick Joannides, Christina Georgotas, & Spyro Callas