Information for Parents

Registration

All students attending Sunday School are asked to register online.  If you can, please register during the Summer months, in order to help us anticipate classroom sizes and textbook needs.

 

Age and Grade Level Requirements

A child must be two years old by the first day of classes to enroll in the Sunday School.

Students are placed in classrooms according to grade level.  In the unusual event that a student is studying at levels much higher than their age would imply, we require that they remain with their age-level peer group.

 

Curriculum

We are using the curriculum from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education, with supplementation from other Orthodox Christian and Christian sources.

 

Term

The Sunday School term roughly follows the calendar of the local public school districts, beginning the Sunday after school opens and finishing the Sunday before school finishes. Check the annual Sunday School calendar here to confirm exact dates.

 

Hours

Students should arrive at the beginning of Divine Liturgy and sit with their parents.  After receiving Holy Communion, they should walk quietly to the Hall for a short Hymnology session, from which they’ll be released to go to their classrooms.  Our Sunday School program assumes that our students are truly engaging in the sacramental life of the Church, so it would not be appropriate to miss all or part of the Divine Liturgy before class.

Classes are 50 minutes long.  Because the length of Divine Liturgy may vary, parents may find that Coffee Hour is often underway before their students are released from class.  Unless your child is very young (preschool or pre-Kindergarten) please wait for them to come to you.  Please do not go to the classroom to take your child out early.  If you have an unavoidable need to remove them early, please notify the teacher with a note and we will escort your child out of class at the requested time.

 

Attendance

Children should attend regularly to benefit from the program taught.

 

General Rules

Please help your child follow these rules while on church property, in order to ensure a safe and loving environment:

  •  Please walk; do not run.
  • Be quiet in Church.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Take care of church property.
  • Show respect to others.

 

Parents’ Responsibilities

Here are some concrete ways that you can help strengthen the foundation of your child’s religious education:

  •  Bring your child to Church at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.
  •  Be consistent.  Attend Church regularly.  Your child’s regular attendance in the classroom is vital to the flow of information and to your child’s feelings of group membership and acceptance.
  •  Get to know your child’s Sunday School teachers. Be aware of what your child is learning in class and how your child is behaving.
  •  After Church on Sunday, ask your child about the lesson he or she learned in Sunday School.  Discuss your child’s lesson with him or her after Church and during the week.
  • Practice the faith at home, observe fast days and schedule family prayer time.  Children are great imitators — what they see you do, you will see them do.  If you bring God into your home, your children will more readily bring Him into their hearts.

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Our Sunday School program and all of our Youth Ministries rely on the work of volunteers.  We could really use your help!  If you are interested in offering your time and talents for any ministry, please contact the listed coordinator or the church office.

 

Family Link Newsletter 

Please take a few moments to go online and sign up for our Archdiocese’s Family Link Newsletter, a monthly email message packed with links to timely articles on family life and other useful resources.  This service is provided by the Archdiocese’s Center for Family Care.