Dear Parishioners and Parents of our Sunday School,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Sunday school year! We are
looking forward to yet another spiritually invigorating academic year. With your love and support, we are sure to be
successful. There are many opportunities available
for volunteering; please let us know in case you want to help!
This year, once again, we are accepting donations which will help us enhance the program our church has
been able to offer for the last two years, purchase updated student textbooks and materials that are urgently needed. We would appreciate a donation of at least $15 per child to cover these expenses. We
are sincerely grateful for your assistance and financial support.
Registration will take place on the Sundays of September 17, while classes begin
on Sunday 24 September 2017.
Echoing our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
of America Religious Education Department Director, "the goal of catechists is for each person to become
a living icon, reflecting the Christ-like way of knowing and being in the world". All Orthodox Christians by virtue
of baptism are called to transmit the gospel and to be concerned about the Orthodox faith of their brothers in Christ, especially
children and young people. During 2017-2018 academic year, with God's grace, Sunday School will continue
to follow our Archdiocese vision of Orthodox education. Our SS teachers will enrich their leasson plans with the invaluable
tools and material our Archiocese prepared for the new academic year.
Parents as well as family and parish members are the most influential educators of our children. Parents, primarily, heavily influence how our children develop. Hence, the family at
home and the church family represent the first school experience in our children's life as they are taught daily social virtues. To this end, we strongly encourage parishioners involvement in our Sunday School
and experience first-hand our children's relationship with God. Under the spiritual guidance and blessing of our Father George, we look forward to working with all of you
to make this wonderful year full of Christian Orthodox learning, discovery and fun.
In addition, for the past two years, our Sunday School participated in a number of activities which focused on
acquiring information about our Orthodoxy as well as living according to our traditions as they have been passed to us by
our parents and grandparents; activities included chanting
Bishop Evangelos' Pheme during one of his Eminence August visits to our parish, providing prosfora for our Divine Liturgy
for a whole month, providing 75 meals to those less
fortunate at a shelter, organizing a Palm Sunday Fish dinner (the earnings of which went to our church building
fund), participating in the metropolitan Washington area programs dedicated to the OXI Day and Annunciation/March 25th celebration,
organizing a lecture dedicated on the TRIODION, etc, etc. These activities, which were in addition to our regular
program (and classes) , will also take place this year, strengthening our youth's relation with our Orthodox Tradition and
preparing our children to become the next leaders of our community.
Sunday School provides an ideal support group for parents. Being a working mother
of three children, I know it very well! This year we will be looking for opportunities so that Sunday School parents and teachers meet and exchange experiences and ideas, learn from each other and discover biblical principles that apply in specific parenting situations.
Once again, Welcome
to our 2017/2018 Sunday School!
Sunday School Director