Loving Father, please bless our students in the year ahead. We ask that you make their minds teachable and their hearts open to receive Your word. Bless them with health and safety, not only while in our care, but always. Fill our hearts with the joy of sharing Your love with them and grant us wisdom, patience, and the resources we need to serve You through our teaching. Amen.
As I write this, we are preparing to start another year of Sunday School. We teachers are so grateful for the support of the church in refreshing our rooms with much-needed new paint and flooring. Our calendar is already filling up with activities, lessons, and events that all serve to help the youngest in our community learn about our faith and develop a relationship with Jesus.
We look forward to engaging parents, families, and the entire St. Dimitrie community in the year ahead.
In addition to fulfilling our annual tradition of making Christmas cards for our Homebound community, the children were busy preparing to participate in confession, some were doing so for the first time. Our youngest students, led by Mary Olteanu, did their confessions as a group. They met with Father George and had many questions! The older classes, led by Claudia Epure and Linda Kolton received confession individually. In the week following confessions, this important milestone in the Orthodox Christian life was celebrated when the children received communion as a group and carried special candles. Afterward, the whole community celebrated with a beautiful chocolate cake!
We thank Psa. Marian and Father George for orchestrating this very special occasion and for their gifts of candles and Bibles.
During the month of December, all classes prepared for the first nativity play that our Sunday School has put on in years. From angels to animals, shepherds to narrators, the children did their very best to re-enact the beloved story of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and to unite the community in songs and smiles. We’d like to offer a very special thank you to the choir, led by Daniella Geer. When asked to help us fill out the performance with Christmas carols, she quickly organized the choir to support the children with the beautiful voices that make our services so special.
The teachers and students of Sunday School send our prayers and best wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy New year!
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Click here to view the Sunday School Newsletter - November 2021
On October 31, Halloween, Fr George and Sunday School Superintendent, Linda Soper-Kolton explained to the children that Halloween is more than collecting candy and wearing scary costimes. It is also about remembering those who are no longer with us. The children were each given an icon and organized into a procession around the church while everyone sang "Oh Lord Save Thy People."
Click here to view the procession