Religious Education

“The purpose of Orthodox Christian Education (catechesis) is to help build up the Church, the Body of Christ, by nurturing every person in the life of personal communion with the Holy Trinity (theosis), and thus, through this ministry, to bear joyful witness to God’s loving and redeeming work in the world.”  (from our Archdiocese)

It our hope that every student who comes to us for instruction should gain the profound understanding that Orthodoxy is not a mere list of sacraments or a system of rules, but is in fact a way of life, and that the meaning and purpose of our days is to live in personal communion with the Holy Trinity. We are equipping our students to live the Way, by offering instruction that will nourish and sustain, whether the student is a young child just beginning to learn the basics of the faith, a catechist seeking to understand the richness of Orthodoxy, or a learned parishoner seeking spiritual sustenance for the journey.

 

Sunday School

Throughout the traditional school year, students from preschool through 12th grade are invited to join our Sunday School classes, offered after Holy Communion in Mt. Tabor Hall. We use the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s official curriculum, which covers topics such as the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments), the Nicene Creed, Icons and Prayer, Theosis, and The Path of Orthodoxy. The Sunday School also sponsors charitable projects, such as the Lenten OCMC fundraising drives as well as a February food drive.  The school year concludes with the Annual Sunday School Showdown and Picnic, in which classes demonstrate their knowledge in an energetic and friendly competition for the coveted golden trophy and a full year of bragging rights.

Please click on the following links for more Sunday School information and resources:

 

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

As part of our Sunday School program, our parish participates in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Students in the Junior (7th – 9th grades) and Senior (10th – 12th grades) Divisions are given the opportunity to select and research one of several topics designated annually by the Archdiocese Department of Religious Education, and to compete in our Parish Oratorical Festival.  The top speakers proceed to represent our parish in the Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Festival; the top speakers from this festival will compete at the national level, at the Archdiocese Finals.

For more detailed information, please visit our Oratorical site.

 

Adult Education Discussion Series

Pres. Vasiliki Eckley leads periodic Discussion Series for the Transfiguration community.  Covering topics relevant to the spiritual life, such as “The Cosmic Vision of St. Maximus the Confessor” and “Befriending Your Soul”, Presbytera Vasiliki leads our small group discussions on Wednesdays following evening services.  Contact the main office to find out when her next series will begin.

 

Greek Orthodox Ladies’ Fellowship (G.O.L.F.)

Father Vasileios leads our women’s study and fellowship group throughout the traditional school year.  The group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. (This doubles as a fun playgroup for the children who tag along!)

 

Camp Saint Nicholas:  Vacation Church Camp

Every summer, our parish offers one week of Vacation Church Camp. All children from preschool through those entering the 5th grade are invited to join us for a week of fun, fellowship and learning. (Students entering grades 6 and up are invited to help out as camp counselors!)  Children learn important religious lessons, create fun arts and crafts projects, learn to sing beautiful hymns and enjoy wacky outdoor games. Camp usually concludes with a family field trip to nearby Holy Archangels Monastery.  Register online today!

On our annual family field trip to Holy Archangels Monastery (at the close of St. Nicholas Vacation Church Camp in August) is always a delight!

On our annual family field trip to Holy Archangels Monastery (at the close of St. Nicholas Vacation Church Camp in August) is always a delight!

Agape Choir

Mrs. Lainie Horwedel directs our Youth Choir, known as the Agape Choir.  In addition to the annual Nativity Pageant which they present every December for the parish community, the Agape Choir sings the Liturgical hymns at certain, special Divine Liturgies throughout the year.  All children are invited to join the Agape Choir.

The Agape Choir sings the Divine Liturgy for the Saturday of Lazarus, 2011.