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Saint Barbara Youth Ministry – Sunday School

Sunday School: The philosophy of our Sunday School Program is based on a Christocentric approach, which prepares the students with principles of the Orthodox Faith, encouraging them to grow in God’s Service.  Our program builds a solid foundation for the children of our community through exemplary lessons in the Teaching and Worship Practices of the Greek Orthodox Christian Faith.

Goals of the Sunday School Program

  1. To encourage all students from nursery age to seniors in high school to participate in our Sunday School Program.
  2. To make our Sunday School spiritually enriching for our children.
  3. To establish a stable Christian educational environment.
  4. To provide Christian awareness and education for inclusive classrooms and learning format / geared for all children of all abilities.
  5. To provide well rounded and theologically based lessons on the Bible, Liturgical Worship, Prayer Life, Sacramental Life, and Mission Awareness.
  6. To have a dependable volunteer staff, who because of their personal commitment to Christ, serve His Church as teachers.
  7. To provide the staff and students with text books and other resources (i.e. craft supplies, videos...) which inspire Christian learning.
  8. To provide Sunday School students the opportunity to learn about Stewardship and caring for our Church grounds.
  9. To learn how to work together with one another in the House of God.
  10. To encourage respect and Christian agape among all children of our church.

Sunday School Stewardship
Stewardship is the opportunity to offer time, talents and treasures to our Church.  At the community of Saint Barbara, we introduce Stewardship to our children as an integral part of our Sunday School Program.  In this way our youth learn at a young age about the importance and value of Stewardship.  As parents, we can teach our children how to set aside part of their allowance for their Church. While the monetary side of the Stewardship program is important, we should also encourage our children to become involved and supportive of other Church related activities and events.  On the following page you will note some of the annual Outreach Projects in which our Sunday School participates.

Sunday School Outreach Projects
“Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works & give glory to your Father in Heaven.”  This passage is taken from the Gospel of Matthew (5.16) and reminds us of how important and central it is for Christians to reach out and help those who are in need.  We do this not to receive personal praise, but rather that the person receiving assistance may offer up glory to God, for answering prayer.  In responding to this call, our Sunday School students participate in the following special projects:

Yearly Project  - Our Sunday School students actively participate in the Support-A-Priest Mission Program by designating two of the monthly stewardship collections to support the ministry of over 160 Missionary Orthodox Priests.

Cook & Care Walk-A-Thon - Our students are asked to participate in the annual walk-a-thon that provides funding for four organizations that feed and support those in need in the New Haven area, including FISH, the Community Soup Kitchen, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers.

Thanksgiving - Students are asked to bring a brown grocery bag of non-perishable foods for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.  These items are then collected from home, from friends and relatives or can be purchased.  The items are then donated to families in need of assistance and to various food pantries in the Greater New Haven area.

Christmas - Our Sunday School has also undertaken the special mission of assisting the Guilford Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center.  Each child is asked to bring in a new unwrapped toy which is then brought to the Guilford Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center.  The toys are placed in the Center’s Toy Chest.  After undergoing different and sometimes painful treatments at the center, children being treated at the center, are given the opportunity to choose one of the gifts from the Toy Box to keep as their own and take home.  This annual event was established by some of the members of our Sunday School in loving memory of their Nouna and Aunt, Barbara Rossi.

Souper Bowl of Caring - The students of our Sunday School participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring each year on Super Bowl Sunday.  The Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-led, grass roots movement of caring, that utilizes Super Bowl weekend to mobilize youth of all backgrounds to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities.  Since 1990, $33 million has been raised for charities across the United States of America.

Great Lent – Each year during lent, the Orthodox Christian Missions Center distributes Lenten Missions Boxes to Orthodox Churches throughout the country. The Orthodox Christian Missions Center is a Pan-Orthodox administrative body which coordinates the charitable activities for Orthodox throughout the world.  A box is given to each student at the beginning of Lent.  It is hoped that during the Lenten period, the student will make the effort to fill the box with monies earned through chores or allowances and in doing so assist others who are in need of our financial assistance.  The sacrifice of a few coins a day could then accumulate to a substantial amount by the time the boxes are collected on Palm Sunday.

To view the Sunday School Cirriculum, please see The Special Section in The Ministry Resource Guide.

Rev. Father Peter J. Orfanakos, Parish Priest
Phone: (203) 795-1347 | E-mail: | 480 Racebrook Road - Orange, Connecticut 06477
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