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
June 14th will be our last day for Sunday School before the summer break. It has been our pleasure to see your children attend and participate this past year. In recognition for their attendance, Father Elias will be handing out a Certificate to all attending Sunday School students at the end of Church Service.
Note: June 1st is the start of summer hours, so our Sunday School classes will begin about 10:15 am in the Church with the Gospel reading and then we proceed to the classrooms for our lessons. Below are the lesson plans with the internet hyper-links for the Feast Days and Gospel readings.
Pentecost: The Lord Jesus appeared on Earth for forty days after His Resurrection to His disciples and many others, but just before He ascended into heaven on the fortieth day, He promised his disciples that they would receive the Holy Spirit. On the fiftieth day after Easter, there was a loud wind from heaven at which time the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and graced with the ability to speak in many different languages. With this gift, the Disciples traveled to many countries to spread the message of Christ.
During the Divine Liturgy for Pentecost, the Priest reads 3 prayers about Pentecost. During these prayers, we kneel and sincerely pray that the Holy Spirit will also enter our hearts and enlighten us to live our lives according to the will of God.
June 4th – Holy Pentecost (Service officiated by Metropolitan Sotirios)
Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12 Promise of Pentecost
JK-SK: 6-4, pg 104 – Happy to be Thankful
1st -2nd: 6-2 pg 112 – Rules Help Us Live Together
3rd – 6th: 6-4 pg 143 – The Holy Spirit Guides the Church
June 11th The Sunday of All Saints
Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30
JK-SK: 6 , pg 108 – Unit Review
1st -2nd: 6-4/5, pg 136-143 – God Gave Us His Rules
3rd – 6th: pg 156 The Feast of the Holy Apostles (30th)
Last day of Sunday School and Certificates to be handed out.
Sunday School will resume again after the Summer.
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