Youth Ministry & Sunday School

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SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

"Welcome Back Sunday School Students!

It seems like ages since we last met in the education building.  I know that I have missed you, and I'm sure your teachers have missed you too.  This year our Sunday School lessons will focus on the concept of Faith.  Father has an instructive and beautiful description of Faith.  "Faith is making the effort to believe what logic tells you is wrong."  We will work on incorporating faith into our lessons this year as we teach the children about the Orthodox Church.  As for teachers, we will continue the same format as in years past.  K-2 will be taught by Mrs. Nina Sellers, 2-4 by Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston, 5-6 by Nicko Poulos, 7-9 by Tom Johnston and 10-12 by Dr. Morfesis and Presbytera.  A new addition to the team this year is Maria Kalogerinis who will cover the Nursery.  We are looking for someone to help Mrs. Sellers 1 or 2 Sundays a month with the K-2 and Mrs. Kalogerinis would also like some help covering the nursery during church services so she doesn't have to miss every week at church.  If you are willing, I know that we would appreciate the help. 

As we have in years past, this year we will host a Christmas Pageant on Sunday the 22nd of December.  Rehearsals will start in October.  We have not chosen a play yet, so if you have one you want us to do, please let me know.  Students who want to play a role, please get with your Sunday School teachers and let us know. 

Also, the Archdioceses has already released the 2020 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics.  How exciting to get an extra month to work on our topics this year. 

Junior Division (Grades 7–9)

The Orthodox Church honors the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos. Discuss the role she plays in the Church and as a role model for all Christians. Christ and many Church Fathers often criticized the wealthy. Do Christians need to live a life of poverty? Is it a sin to live a comfortable life? “Lord have mercy” is the most repeated phrase in the Divine Liturgy. What does it mean to truly have mercy? “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). Discuss the importance of reading Scripture in your life. The theme of the upcoming 2020 Clergy–Laity Congress is “the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Discuss the way St. Paul defines love in this important chapter of the Bible.

 Senior Division (Grades 10–12)

Discuss how the separation of church and state benefits us as Orthodox Christians in the United States. In his enthronement address, Archbishop Elpidophoros said, “We are all deacons.” Discuss the importance of being a deacon – a servant – in the Church. Discuss the significance of Constantinople in Church history and the struggles Orthodox Christians in Constantinople face today. How have modern-day saints from the past 100 years, from St. Nektarios to St. Paisios and others, helped Orthodox Christians live their lives today?  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). How might Orthodox Christians put this command into practice?

I know that all of the Sunday School teachers are looking forward to another great year. Make sure that you make every effort to come to church and Sunday School every week.

 

Tom Johnston