St. Nektarios Sunday School
Our goal is to provide a Christ-centered environment and standardized program of Orthodox instruction for your child. Our weekly lessons follows a curriculum of materials and resources from the Greek Orthodox Department of Religious Education. We take scripture, history, tradition and liturgical life and to combine them in such a way as to help your child understand our Orthodox Faith better and to help them come to know Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.
The student is taught that the Bible is a way of life, and that the Church helps to prepare them for their personal and social life as a member of Christ’s Church. The Bible, our Church and faith in Jesus Christ are not just lessons but they will help your child to find God’s path and to stay on it throughout their entire life. Although these are very serious and deep concepts, we break them down and present them to your child at their age level of understanding.
What you can do to help?
We would like to invite you to bring your child every Sunday. Encourage your child to tell you about the lesson taught for that day and what they learned from it. Encourage your child to pray by attending all the Church services together as a family. Take Holy Communion as a family after proper preparation. Together, in these ways we can help Jesus Christ become the core and essence of your child’s life.
The Bible, our Orthodox Church and faith in Jesus Christ are wonderful blessings. It is our hope that God will grant these blessings to all our Sunday School children to help them learn Jesus Christ’s Word and the wonders of His love.
Sunday School Program: Scheduled for 10:30 am on Sundays during the months of October – May
Monthly Lesson Calendar
Below are the Sunday School Lessons for March. Our lessons will cover our preparation for the great journey of Lent (40 day period of fasting and prayer). We will also discuss the March 25th celebration of both Independence Day and the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary – the day that Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to tell Her, God had chosen Her to be the Mother of Jesus. We also refer to the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos which means “One who gave birth to God” and Panagia meaning “All-Holy”.
Reminder: Our Sunday School classes begin at 10:30am in the Church with the Gospel reading and then we proceed to the classrooms for our lessons. We return upstairs in time for Holy Communion, the remaining liturgy and Father’s sermon. The Feast Days and the Gospel readings listed in the lesson plans below are internet hyperlinks which can be clicked on to access the actual readings.
Mar 4th – 2nd Sunday of Lent – Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
Gospel Reading: Mark 2:1-12 – A Paralytic
Feast Day & Saints – Martyr Eudocia (March 1st)
JK-SK: 5-2 p 78 – Happy to join the Church
1st-3rd : 3-4 p.62 – God Forgives Us in Confession
4th-7th : 4-1 p 80 – God Unites People through Marriage
Mar 10th – 18th – March Spring Break
Mar 11th – 3rd Sunday of Lent- Sunday of the Holy Cross – English Sunday
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1 – Adoration of the Holy Cross
JK-SK: 5-3 p 82 – Happy to See Crosses
1st-3rd : p. 148 – The Cross is a Holy Symbol
4th-7th : 4-3 p 89 – We Become Christians through Baptism
Feast Day & Saints – Annunciation of the Theotokos (March 25th)
JK-SK: pg 118 Palm Sunday,
1st-3rd: 3-5 p.68 – The Holy Spirit Helps Us to Love
4th-7th: 4-4 pg.93 – We are Forgiven through Repentance
11:45 am Doxology outside Church for March 25th Independence,
12:30 pm Lunch & Celebration at Hellenic Community Centre
Mar 31st – Lazarus Saturday
Following the service in the Lower Church Hall. Sunday School will have Easter Activities for the children and Daughters of Penelope will provide a breakfast snack.
Text Books for Lessons: SK. Happy with God, 1. Reaching for Jesus, 2 Loving God, 3. Sharing God’s World, 4. Growing with God, 5 God Calls Us
Daily Bible Readings: www.goarch.org/chapel
Orthodox Calendar and Readings: www.goarch.org/chapel/calendar