The emphasis of Sunday School is to instill in young Orthodox Christians and their families the concept and experience of worship within the context of the liturgical year of the Church. From the offering given in the Narthex, the lighting of candles, veneration of icons, to worshiping; all these actions and more are mimicked by the youth. Parents are the youth’s first teacher, their primary influence. It is only fitting and right that they should learn the worship experience with their parents. Through weekly participation in Divine Service, families will come to understand the commitment and dedication necessary to be followers of Christ and His teachings.
This year, the Sunday School curriculum will help develop these concept on many levels. The youth will have the opportunity to put words into action and learn that faith is commitment, responsibility and discipline.
The religious instruction of Sunday School youth has always centered in the liturgical life of the church. Realizing the importance of participation by the youth in Divine Services and responding to the spiritual needs of youth, the children, their families and their instructors will gather in the Cathedral for the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. As in the past several years, the children will sit in pews designated for the Sunday School grades. The time of classroom instruction for all grades will begin after the Gospel Reading and the priestly homily.
It has proven to be a great value for the youth and their instructors to be able to attend the majority of the Divine Liturgy. In addition to this added time in Church, Father Dean will offer a shortly homily after the reading of the Gospel as a means of catechism for all of the faithful. This will continue this ecclesiastical year as well. Classroom instruction will begin following this homily.
Sunday School Director
Sunday School Office Telephone: 410.576.8606