Christian Education


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. 

New! Creative Festivals Supplemental Materials related to the theme for use throughout the church school year!

Download the Department of Christian Education's Report to the General Assembly at the 2013 Archdiocese Convention in Chicago (PDF)

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Weekly Writing Prompt/Subject:

  • Write about a service project in which you helped those in need. Explain the details of the project and how it made you feel to participate.



Retrospect: The Orthodox Institute for Continuing Education in the Faith

Carole Buleza, Director of the Department of Christian Education for the Antiochian Archdiocese, reflected on the Orthodox Institute 2013 in the December, 2013 edition of The Word magazine.

Beloved in Christ,

I write these words just after the 2013 Orthodox Institute at Antiochian Village. The fellowship and book-signings were a chance to get to know and speak with some of the prominent people in the Orthodox Church. The presentations were truly educational and inspirational. An eight-panel display of "Art and Symbols of the Catacombs" shed light on the images that were most important to the early Christians. All together it was a memorable and valuable weekend.

Almost a hundred people participated in The Orthodox Institute at Antiochian Village, October 31 – November 3, 2013. The theme was "Blessed is the Kingdom: Acts 2:42 and Today," and the goal was to answer the question, "Can we revive the spirit of giving for which the early church was known?"



Saints Peter and Paul

The following two articles pertain to Saints Peter and Paul, who we commemorate on June 29th. Both articles were taken from the Orthodox Family Life Archives.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9
Gospel: Matthew 10:13-19


St. Peter traditionally is regarded as the leader of the Twelve Disciples of Jesus. He was intimately connected with the earthly life and ministry of our Lord, and after His death tried to preserve the spiritual legacy left by Jesus to him followers. In the course of his missionary journeys, Peter founded the Church in Antioch, where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. St. Peter is regarded by the Church as the first Bishop of Antioch, and the present-day Patriarch of Antioch is his successor in that Apostolic See.

St. Paul is the greatest of missionaries. The marvelous story of conversion on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:1-12) is hardly more striking than the rest of his life, one of the greatest adventure stories of history.



Holy Land Exhibit is Available for Display

By Carole A. Buleza

"Scripture Through the Lens of the Holy Land" is an exhibit is available for rental from the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education (see below for details). The exhibit is dedicated to His Eminence Metropolitan Philip for his continuing support of Orthodox Christian Education, and to all in the Archdiocese whose roots in the Middle East have given the Antiochian Department of Christian Education the particular privilege of presenting the Holy Land in word and image. Participants at the 2011 Orthodox Institute, "Scripture Through the Lens of the Holy Land" were the first to view the exhibit prepared especially for that event.



Jesse Tree and St. Nicholas Vignettes

Kh. Linda Funk of St. Vincent of Lerins Church in Saskatoon, Saskatachewan, Canada contributed the attached resources with the following explanation:

Last year, for the first time, we started a Jesse Tree. I used the material from your website, as well as several other websites and blogs. I presented it as a history of salvation and made some slight revisions to reflect our typology. For example, I made the symbol for the flood to be the ark, not the rainbow because the ark is a type of the church in our theology.


Lenten Crafts

Ukrainian Easter Egg Wall Decorations

Great Lent: Do More/Do Less

  1. Start with a piece of white paper
  2. Print out “DO LESS…”, “DO MORE…” and “GREAT LENT”
  3. Fold piece of paper in half, writing the above words or gluing the words in the appropriate areas
  4. Cut out pictures printed from clipart, or magazines that show what we should be doing more or less of during Great Lent.
  5. Hang paper as a reminder during Great Lent

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