"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Christian Education Director: Rebekah Yergo - Email
The Christian Education ministry here at of St John Chrysostom parish is dedicated to partnering with parents in the raising of our children in the "one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic" faith of our fathers which has been preserved and passed down to us within the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church. It is our endeavor to help students understand not only what the Bible teaches, what happens during services, and the meaning of all the sacraments, but also the primary importance of connecting with God through our prayer life both as an individual, and together as a family and community. We strive to meet students where they are and provide opportunities for them to connect with God, each other and to serve others. We offer many ways to participate; from Sunday Church School, to youth activities and service projects such as the Saints Festival, St. Nicholas Day, the Nativity Pageant, Creative Arts Festival, Prison Ministry, Vacation Church School (VCS), as well as the Joy Club and Teen SOYO.
Raising Godly Children
An article by Bishop Thomas for Parents & Godparents
"Educating your children means that you must be educated in the Faith yourself. This is the parents’ responsibility. Immerse yourself in the life of the Church. Worship and pray in as many of the Divine Services as possible, attend adult education classes, read the Holy Scripture, and consult the commentaries and sermons on the Scripture by the Holy Fathers.
In the home, set up a family altar or icon corner. Read the Scripture readings and lives of the Saints daily. Pray together as a family every day, at least in the morning and/or evening. Make a big deal of feast days. Take the kids to the Divine Liturgy and enjoy a special meal to celebrate the day. " Read more...
Items we are currently in need of include:
Juice: no dyes
The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) supports church school directors, teachers, parents, and all who participate in the work of Christian education on the local level. Read more...
"Of all holy works, the education of children
is the most holy."
+St. Theophan the Recluse
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