Sunday School

We have a robust schedule for March as we kick off the 2020 Lenten season.  The March Sunday School is as follows:  (classes begin after communion and go until 11:45am.)

            

             March 1st – Regular Sunday School

 

             March 8th – Sunday of Orthodoxy – After communion, we will gather our students in the main Hall and

                            organize them for the ICON Procession.  Each child should bring in an ICON for the procession.

 

             March 15th – Regular Sunday School

 

             March 22nd-  Sunday of the Holy Cross – Children come to main hall after communion- prepare for

                               Annunciation – Greek Independence Celebration after church.

 

             March 29th – Regular Sunday School

 

Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival (SJCOF)

The Oratorical Festival will take place on March 15th at 1pm, on the 3rd Floor.

The 1st and 2nd place participants in the Junior and Senior Division will move on to the District event.  The top two finalists at the District event move onto the Metropolitan level. Top finalists at the Metropolitan level will move onto the National level.

 

2020 Oratorical Topics

The 2020 Oratorical Topics are relevant to what we all face in living an Orthodox life. Please review the topics with your children and we do encourage them to consider participating in this year’s Oratorical Festival. The Junior Division covers Grades 7-9 and the Senior Division covers Grades 10-12.  Your children’s teachers will be introducing the topics as well as having class discussions.  What the topics echo to me is how Christ’s testament helps us and guides us.

Junior Division (7-9)                                                                                                                             

   1. 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.                                                                                              

  1. 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?
  2. “Lord have mercy” is the most repeated phrase in the Divine Liturgy. What does it mean to truly have mercy?
  3. “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.
  4. 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)                                                                                         

    1.Discuss how the separation of church and state benefits us as Orthodox Christians in the USA.

  1. In his enthronement address, Archbishop Elpidophoros said, “We are all deacons.” Discuss the importance of being a deacon – a servant – in the Church.
  2. Discuss the significance of Constantinople in Church history and the struggles Orthodox Christians in Constantinople face today.
  3. 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? 
  4. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels un awares” (Hebrews 13:2). How might Orthodox Christians put this command into practice?
  • 7th-12th Grade Students are beginning to review the topics for this year’s Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival (SJCOF). We are looking for students to make a commitment to do the speech. Our parish level event will be held on March 15th at 1pm, on the 3rd Floor. Please speak to your children and encourage them to participate.  Any questions please contact me.

 

BeeTreat

Saturday, March 28th  9am-5pm 

 

On-Line Registration is now open.  This gets you right to the registration page: 

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10Zy1dLQu7Zqp_jsQ7AEr4WecIe4djDol-oX9VbjjfNI/edit)

Or you can access the Bee Treat main page and scroll down to the registration link.

https://www.y2am.org/beetreats

 

This is a National program led by Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez.  They travel across the country delivering this acclaimed program.  Steven produces the Bee the Bee programs for the Archdiocese. Our students are accessing these videos in class. BeeTreat is an event that the entire family can set aside a day and have a marvelous spiritual experience. Objective is to provide everyone, young and old, concrete tools to live out your relationship with the Lord in His Church. Part of this event is a service project that everyone participates to help a local community group.

This is a family event. There are four main tracks: Children (Pre-K-4th), Youth (5-12th), Young Adult (Age 18-35: Evening Program) and Adult track (Parents, Yiayias and Papous).  In the evening there is an offsite event for the YAL group- post high school age members. There will be a table after church to register or you may sign-up online. Each person attending must be registered.

The Youth and Adult track are separate and distinct, but they all culminate to the same objective, the importance of service and good works. The children’s track (Pre-K to 4th) is a special program.  We start out with a craft project, then we will meet Father David in the church to get a child’s level view of Icons and their stories.  Then at Noon they will have lunch.  And after lunch we will be showing “The Bee Movie.” It may be difficult for the little ones to be here all day. If you need to leave earlier, we understand.

Please note the last session is a service project.  We will be putting kits together for “We Rise Above the Streets.”  They are a local group that supports area homeless families.  We will be putting together sock and health kits. Please bring in the following items in March.  There will be an area set up in the downstairs hall to drop off contributions. Or please make a financial donation and we will buy the necessary items. Items needed are as follows:

Children- Socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, travel size shampoo and conditioner

Women & Men- Socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, travel size shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, floss, feminine hygiene products.

BeeTreat is an opportunity to come together as a community – together we can learn how better to connect with God, each other and the community at large.

 

On-Line Registration is now open.  This gets you right to the registration page: 

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10Zy1dLQu7Zqp_jsQ7AEr4WecIe4djDol-oX9VbjjfNI/edit)

Or you can access the Bee Treat main page and scroll down to the registration link.

https://www.y2am.org/beetreats