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
Our Sunday School begins this Sunday October 1stwith a Blessing for our Sunday School from Father Demetre. Classes begin at 10:30 each Sunday in Church with the Gospel Reading and immediately after we proceed to our classrooms. At the end of our lesson the students return for Holy Communion and the remaining Liturgy. Please take a moment to read the attached letter (English or Greek) on the goals and objectives of our Sunday School.
Below are our October lesson plans. The Feast Days and the Gospel readings listed in the lesson plans below are internet links to the actual readings.
Sunday School Calendar – October 2017
Did you know:
St. Luke was a physician, an artist and spoke several languages. He also painted the first icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Christ Child. One of the icons was given to Virgin Mary in Jerusalem while Luke was visiting.
The 12 Apostles from Luke 6:12-19: “Simon, who he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaios, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”
October 1st – Blessing of Sunday School
All Classes: Gospel: Luke 6:31-36- Love of Enemies
All Classes: Feast Day & Saints – Romanos the Melodist (1st)
JK-SK: 1-1 Happy in God’s World & 1. Going to Church
1st-2nd: 1-1 p.2 All People Need Love
3rd-6th: 5-3 p.111 We Use our Talents to Serve God – St. Romanos
All Classes: Gospel: Luke 8:5-15– Parable of the Sower
All Classes: Feast Day & Saints -Luke the Evangelist (18th)
JK-SK: 7-1 p.110 Happy on Thanksgiving Day
1st-2nd: 1-2 p.6 God Loves Us All
3rd-6th: 2-4 p.42 We Grow when we Obey God’s Word – Parable of the Sower
All Classes: Gospel: Luke 8:26-39 – Country of Gadarenes
Feast Day & Saints- James (Iakovos), the Brother of the Lord (23rd),
JK-SK: 1-2 p.6 Happy with My Family & 2. Being in Church
1st-2nd: 1-3 p.12 God Gave Us Jesus
3rd-6th: 1-1 p.2 We Worship One God – Father Son and Holy Spirit
October 29th–OXI Day celebration – Doxology and Brunch (at HCC)
All Classes: Gospel: Luke 8:41-56 – Jairus’s Daughter Raised, A Woman Healed
Feast Day & Saints- Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer (26th)
JK-SK: 1-3 p.10 Happy with My Friends & 3. Making the Sign of the Cross
1st-2nd: 1-4 p.14 Jesus Wants Us to Love God
3rd-6th: 1-2 p.7 We Gather in Liturgy to Worship God
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