The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) supports church school directors, teachers, parents, and all who participate in the work of Christian education on the local level. Read more.
Introducing…..Our New Associate for Church School Directors!
We are pleased to have a new associate on board to support our Church School Directors through Facebook, Anna-Sarah Farha of Washington. Anna-Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science, Merchandising from the University of Kentucky and for several years worked within retail management training employees in various capacities. While she no longer works corporately, she homeschools her daughter and actively serves the Sunday School of St. Thomas in Snohomish, WA.
Prior to living in Washington, Anna-Sarah and her family were at St. John Church in Memphis, TN, St. Anthony Church in Bergenfield, NJ, and Saint George Cathedral, Coral Gables, FL. While at these parishes, she served as vice-president and president of the Antiochian Orthodox Women local chapter (St. John), organized several events at the PLC held in Memphis (St. John), assisted in planning special events/fundraisers (St. Anthony), and most recently at Saint George served as vice principal of Sunday School for two years, the Creative Arts Festival coordinator for two years, and editor of the monthly Sunday School newsletters for two years before moving to Washington. Now at St. Thomas, Anna-Sarah has been trained in Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Anna-Sarah will serve as liaison and support for our Sunday Church School Directors. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
Church School Directors, we hope to get a community together who can help one another by sharing their experiences. Check in with our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OrthodoxChristianChurchSchoolDirectors/
If you have not registered for the listserv, please email the department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna-Sarah at email@example.com with your name and parish.
“Walking the Path of Salvation”
If you are interested in following along with the progress of the Curriculum Project, its website is: www.antiochian.org/christianeducation/curriculumplan. You will find the concept paper, the preparatory tasks and updates on the progress! You can also follow the project on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CBPathofSalvationCurriculumResearch
Christian Ed Materials Available!
The Christian Ed Materials and Order Form is now available for download! Download and use this new form to order materials for your parish program! Be sure to see the revised Billing and Shipping/handling sections of the order form. Also, visit the Antiochian Village Bookstore and Giftshop for your gift needs for Sunday School and home.
It’s been almost two years since we made a change to our yearly November event, The Orthodox Institute for Continuing Education in the Faith. First was the name change (see above), then a scheduling change—the event at Antiochian Village would occur every other year (the odd-numbered years) with regional Pan-Orthodox Continuing Education Conferences for the alternate years.
Indeed, last year we held three regional events, as well as other trainings. However, please note: we will NOT be sponsoring the Antiochian Village Conference this year. Budgetary constraints have made this decision necessary.
We will have money available for the Diocesan Coordinators to come to parishes for trainings. For information on hosting, please contact Leslie Atherholt, Staff Assistant for Special Projects, at the Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR DIRECTORS
Throughout the exploration of our page, we have discovered many valuable archived articles, resources, links, and activities that pertain to Great Lent. These may prove to be quite beneficial to you in the coming weeks and months. These offerings have been gathered and organized below, for you to explore, read and utilize.
Crafts and Activities
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR TEACHERS
Share this Lenten calendar with your students to use with their families as they walk through Great Lent together.
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR PARENTS
I was so excited when I learned that this book was in the works! Before reading it, I had great expectations: I anticipated that it would be filled with gentle nudges towards godliness based both on years of education and personal experience. I knew that the wisdom in this book would be presented in a practical way backed by the in-the- trenches research that life with 7 children offers to their parents. And once I received and read the book, I was not at all disappointed! My expectations for this book were the result of personal experience. Our family had the privilege of meeting the Mamalakis family at Family Camp at the Antiochian Village years ago when they were the featured presenters for the parent sessions. We learned so much from Dr. Mamalakis (and from his lovely wife, Georgia) while we were together. My husband and I could step out of the parent sessions and immediately apply the concepts we had just discussed. Our family is the better for having learned these principles, however imperfectly we have applied them. (An aside: We also benefitted from watching the Mamalakis parents apply the principles they had shared, as they interacted with their children over the course of the family camp sessions. It is a joy to watch these parents lovingly guide their children using the principles! There is an abundance of love in Mamalakis family, and these principles allow them to parent their children in the context of that great love. It is a joy to experience.)
But I digress. Let's get back to the book. "Parenting Toward the Kingdom" outlines the principles that the Mamalakis family has followed: