St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church
504 Sport Hill Rd. Easton, CT 06612
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A Prayer for Our Sunday School Children

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.

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy - March 13th
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Last week our  Sunday School children of all ages colored icons and carried them in the Procession of Icons during Sunday of Orthodoxy
The teachers discussed the meaning of icons in class, what they represent, the difference between worship and veneration, and why we commemorate this day. 
Thank you to Linda Soper Kolton and her teachers for all their hard work.
 
Click HERE to view the Sunday of Orthodoxy Procession of Icons
Last week our  Sunday School children of all ages colored icons and carried them in the Procession of Icons during Sunday of Orthodoxy
The teachers discussed the meaning of icons in class, what they represent, the difference between worship and veneration, and why we commemorate this day. 
Thank you to Linda Soper Kolton and her teachers for all their hard work.
 
Click HERE to view the Sunday of Orthodoxy Procession of Icons

Sunday School Christmas Celebration
For those of you who were in church with the kids yesterday, I wanted to say THANK YOU!! And for those of you who were unable to be there, we missed you!
 
I can't tell you how proud I was of all the kids who participated in our annual Christmas pageant. We talked together before the performance about how singing - - sharing our voice and our love -- with our community is the best gift they could give this year to help lift spirits and bring joy to our church. We rehearsed in our room, they chose 6 songs and the order. They gave their hearts and smiles to the performance and it was wonderful. I received so many comments and even phone calls about how amazing they sounded this year and what a beautiful performance they all gave. Psa. Marian called to say how impressed she was and what joy it brought to her. 
 
Afterward, the kids decorated the tree together and we put up every single ornament we had. The bigger ones were helpful and so patient with the little ones. Truly wonderful to see.
 
For all of you who missed our performance - click here to see the hard work of our students
 
My heart is full. Merry Christmas to all!
 
Linda
 

Welcome to our Sunday School !

Click here to view the Sunday School Newsletter - November 2021

Icon Procession
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

 

Registration forms for 2021-2022 are available on the bulletin boards by the Sunday School rooms. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Linda Soper-Kolton at lsoper123@gmail.com

Our Sunday School year is getting underway and we are so excited, and blessed, to have the opportunity to teach the children of our community. The greatest gift, the most precious inheritance that we have to give to our children is our Orthodox Faith. In our Sunday School program, we strive to share the knowledge of our faith and instill a love of Jesus Christ and by planting these seeds while our children are young, they we will be able to reap the harvest in years to come...and for eternity. 

At the heart of Sunday School is joy and love and we hope that by using a variety of books, the Bible, movies, discussions, crafts and games, children will enjoy learning about Christian values, our faith, the sacraments, prayer, scripture, and the elements of Orthodox church life. The other benefit of participating in the program is that our children have an opportunity to make new friends…friends they can look forward to seeing at church…friends that they can share a common bond with in years to come. Many members of the congregation maintain lifelong relationships built in the early years of St. Dimitrie Sunday School.

Sunday School affirms the home as the center of spiritual guidance. Parents are the most important people in a child’s life, and learning about God starts in the home. Teaching children about God and the Orthodox faith is a seven-day-a-week effort, not something that can be done on Sunday morning in class. We pledge to do our best to support you in your child’s spiritual education, and stand ready to help you at any time.

Who are the Sunday School Teachers, Assistants and Administrators?

Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade

  • Mary Olteanu, Teacher

2nd - 4th Grades

Sunday School Administrator

  • Linda Kolton (see above)

 

Social Events 

In addition to religious education, there are social events throughout the year to bring children and families closer to each other and to others in the church community. Please check the bulletin and Calendar of Events page on our website for upcoming events.

  • Parent Volunteers: There are always opportunities to get involved in class. If you are interested in helping with craft activities, reading a story or bringing in a special snack, please let us know!
  • Prayer: We believe that prayer is an effective and powerful force to help protect your child and help him develop to his highest spiritual potential. We would much appreciate your prayers for us and all the classes as well. In addition, we encourage your child to develop the habit of a daily quiet time with God, which will help provide a firm foundation for his future life.

We consider it an honor and privilege to be allowed to work with your child over the next year.  We much appreciate your support, and we pledge to work with you in the best interests of your child.

 

Immediately following Communion, teachers will meet in the back of the church and bring children downstairs for class. Parents are invited to enjoy the remainder of the service and meet children after coffee hour. Class ends at 12:00 p.m.
See Linda Kolton if you have questions. She can be reached at lsoper123@gmail.com  or call her at 203-696-0807.
 
See a slide show of some of our Sunday School children in class 
 
Click here to download  and print a Sunday School Registration form and bring it with you to class.

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Update on Sunday School:

Pre-K and Kindergarten: These children are trying to grasp complex ideas starting with God as the creator of all things. They learned how God is a member of our family and that we come to His house to pray and thank Him for all that we have. The children have mastered the sign of the cross and now they’re working on learning the Lord’s Prayer. In the spring thoughts will turn to the Pascha season and lessons will span several weeks as we impart these most important teachings to all grade levels.

Grades 1 and 2: The children have been learning about our relationship with God, how He cares about our feelings, how He wants us to live, how He wants us to forgive and care for each other. The children did a Christmas project for some of our “shut-ins” as a way to care for others in our community and for Valentine’s Day, the kids made Valentines for service members. These projects are a good way to reinforce our role as God’s hands on earth, loving and serving others where we can. For Pascha, we’ll be learning about what Lent means and how we can participate.

Grades 3 and Up: While these children are the oldest in our program, the concepts they are 13 being exposed to and taught are still very complex. These children are spending an extended period on the Ten Commandments. The complex subject of sin and free will are being taught. Children in this age group will soon be faced with peer pressure and some difficult choices. Audriana’s lessons include talking about prayers we can use to help us make the right choice and of course, repentance and confession for when we don’t make the right choices. Whether or not you have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews in the church school program, know that the Orthodox faith is alive and well and being passed down to future generations right here within the walls of St. Dimitrie!

 

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