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.
The Christian Ed Materials and Order Form (PDF, rev. 10-8-15) 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 holiday gift needs for Sunday School and home.
Curriculum. "Orthodoxy FAQs" and "'I Came:" Jesus in His Own Words" as mentioned in The Word, will be available soon. Check each week. Nearest completion is Orthodoxy FAQS (frequently-asked-questions) which has been renamed ORTHOFAQs Challenge. Consisting of four curriculum pieces, each with seven lessons, Challenges 1 and 2 have questions appropriate for middle school students and numbers 3 and 4 have questions for high school students. The teaching plan can be whole-group, small-group, or individual-research. "'I Came:" Jesus in His Own Words" is a seven-lesson unit inspired by The Great "I Cames" of Jesus, written by Fr. Anthony Coniaris.
Faith and Culture Page. Still under construction!
If you are interested in the Curriculum Project, "Walking the Path of Salvation," 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: "CB Path of Salvation Curriculum Plan."
Rosemary Shumski is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Christian Education. As a part of her duties, she serves as the Departmental Assistant for the Creative Festivals and is responsible for coordinating the Festivals on the Archdiocesan level. Rosemary has also served as the Photography Coordinator for the Eastern Dioceses since 2002.
Rosemary is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and was previously employed in business management. Married to Dn. John Shumski and the mother of three grown children, Rosemary is active at St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church in York, PA, where she has taught Sunday School for seventeen years. Recently, Antiochian.org asked her to tell us more about our Archdiocese's unique and successful Creative Festivals program.
Tell us about this year's theme for the Festivals: why was it chosen, and what is its significance for the Church today?
The 2016 Creative Festivals theme is “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”(Joshua 24:15) This is the first theme chosen by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR DIRECTORS
We need to recognize those children/families who make the effort to get their children consistently to Church School. I have created an attendance certificate that reads, "For Exemplary Attendance" which will allow each church school to decide which standards they will adopt. A note can always be hand-written on the certificate if a child has perfect attendance. On the one shown, there is room for teacher(s) and pastor to sign. On the website, under Resources, you will find one that also has room for the Director to sign. I also have one that simply reads "Certificate of Attendance" for the little children. You can start using these for this January until May, or wait until next year. Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR TEACHERS
by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div.
Begin Everything with Prayer
Since we are reminded in Scripture to begin whatever we do with prayer, it has been the practice of Orthodox Christians for centuries to have new dwellings blessed either before or just after settling in. This has been extended to one's business or office, and even college dorm rooms. "The service performed by the priest to bless the new dwelling is somewhat similar to the consecration of a church [in the Russian practice] in that holy water, holy oil, and incense are used and a lesson from the holy Gospel is read. All the rooms of the house are sprinkled with holy water and each of the four outer walls are anointed with the sign of the Cross with holy oil, a candle placed before them, and after the censing of the house, the lesson from the Holy Gospel is read [in Greek practice the service of the Small Blessing of Waters is generally done]. At the conclusion of the blessing, the inhabitants are blessed with holy water: the husband first, followed by the wife and then the children - the oldest first. Relatives and friends present are then blessed." (Marriage and the Christian Home, by Rev. Michael B. Henning, p.24.)
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR PARENTS
On the day of Theophany we learned that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We also learned that when Jesus stepped into the Jordan River, the water was made clean. On the feast day, January 6, we remember that one day all of nature will be made clean and new again. Here is how we celebrate the feast....
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See also Why Do We Have Our Homes Blessed by Phyllis Onest