Monday, November 20, 2017

Children’s Church School


All children from 5 years of age are invited to attend St. Basil’s Church School. For those families who do not currently attend St. Basil’s, but would like their children to attend the school, please contact Fr. Martin.

St. Basil’s curriculum uses Orthodox age specific manuals, supplemental materials, and projects. It is a well-structured program that meets the needs of children from elementary through secondary education levels. Over the years we have found that our students immensely enjoy working with these materials, and have come away with a knowledge about their faith that has served to build a strong foundation for future learning.

The school year runs from September to the first week of June. Classes meet on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the parish hall. The classes are currently divided into groups according to age level, which varies by year. Our teachers are knowledgeable and experienced in the Orthodox faith.

Church feasts that occur during the school year will also be discussed, along with the corresponding icon, vocabulary words, and Troparia for the feast.

Social activities are also planned by the teachers. These activities give the children a chance to socialize away from the classroom. See the Photos page to see pictures of past activities.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our church school programs please contact one of the teachers, or Fr. Martin by email, or by the telephone numbers found on the Contact Us page.

Main Objectives for Sunday School:

  • To educate our children according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Faith and Traditions of the Orthodox Church.
  • To develop in our children a deep love of the Church, its Tradition, and participating conscientiously in its worship and Mysteries.
  • To prepare them for life-long growth in the Orthodox Faith and to develop a firm perspective on their life and times.

Classes for the 2011-2012 School Year are organized as follows:

  • Age Group: Primary 4-7
  • Teacher: Julia Astafiev
  • Curriculum: Church Etiquette, God and His Relationship with Us; Major Feast Days and Bible Stories
  • Age Group: Intermediate 8-12
  • Teacher: Sophia Galloway
  • Curriculum: The Bible: Old & New Testament; The Holy Mysteries and How They Affect Us in Everyday Life
  • Age Group: Secondary 13-17
  • Teacher: Dewey Mundwiller
  • Curriculum: Nicene Creed; Altar Server Program; Ethics, Morality, Virtues and Active Prayer Life

Assignment (for Secondary Age Group)

Lives of the Saints Essay

Your essay should be 1-2 pages in length and should take no longer than 5 minutes to read during the priest’s Holy Communion. The following is a list of criteria which should be included in your essay in this order:

  • Where they lived
  • When they lived
  • Spiritual life achievements
  • When/Why they were glorified as a saint

Upon completing your presentation, you will petition the saint in a chant (example: Holy Great Martyr____________ pray to God for us!) If your saint is not a martyr, or is a monastic, etc., we will look up the proper refrain in The Order of Divine Services.

Please have your rough draft completed the Sunday before your presentation is scheduled so that I may help you proofread it. If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact me at sophiagalloway10@gmail.com. (Ask permission from your parents before emailing)

Here are some helpful links to find information about saints.  Copy and paste these to your browser to access them.

www.orthodox.net/saints/index.html

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Category:Saints

http://stjrussianorthodox.com/saints.htm

http://holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/ (click on the name of the saint and you will find a biography)

See this document for your saint and those of your classmates.  lives of saints rotation