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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.


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 aodce@aol.com or Anna-Sarah at aodce.csdirectors@gmail.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.

FEATURED EVENT

Little Falls Hosts Teacher Training II

An Advanced Teacher Training Workshop will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at St. George Orthodox Church, in Little Falls, NJ. This workshop, lead by Carole Buleza and Fr. George Alberts, is designed for current and future teachers and assistant teachers who desire advanced training for working in the religious education classroom. Participants may choose the elementary or middle school/high school track. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

Below please find a flyer to post in your church, a registration form and course descriptions. Registration deadline is Monday, November 6. Please address questions regarding this training to Claire Levash, St. George Church,  churchschool@stgeorgenj.com.
 
If you are interested in hosting a training in your parish, please contact Leslie at 717-747-5221 or at aodce.events@gmail.com.

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR DIRECTORS

Meeting Your Staff Needs

Staff meetings are an important part of a church school. Regularly coming together as a group of educators to support one another and discuss what is happening within this parish organization is encouraging and helpful for everyone involved. Ideally, one staff meeting is held each quarter, with a training event or enrichment workshop in place of the summer meeting.

As a tool for church school directors (CSDs), the Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) has created templates for first, second and third quarter staff meeting agendas. Each church school is unique, with unique features. Meeting agenda templates may need to be tailored to fit your needs.

You will find links to an introductory note for the CSD and to the templates below.

If you are a CSD and would like to be added to our listserv, please send your name, parish and email address to aodce.csdirectors@gmail.com.

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR TEACHERS 

On the Liturgical Year for Teachers: Christmas and Epiphany

This series of blog posts will offer basic information and resources regarding the liturgical year. It is our hope that Sunday Church School teachers will find this series helpful as they live the liturgical year with their students. The series will follow the church year in sections, as divided in the book “The Year of Grace of the Lord: a Scriptural and Liturgical Commentary on the Calendar of the Orthodox Church” by a monk of the Eastern Church. May God bless His Church throughout this year!

The feasts of the Nativity (simply called ‘Christmas’ in The Year of Grace of the Lord: a Scriptural and Liturgical Commentary on the Calendar of the Orthodox Church) and Theophany (referred to as ‘Epiphany’ in that same book) fall within days of each other, regardless of the calendar being followed. Christmas falls on December 25 (or January 7), and Theophany follows on its heels, on January 6 (or 19). For many of us, local culture offers multiple traditions related to Christmas, but few (or even none) related to Theophany. The monk who wrote the book encourages his readers to think beyond our culture’s interpretations (or perhaps misinterpretations?) of these feasts, and embrace them in a truly Orthodox manner.

FEATURED ARTICLE FOR PARENTS 

On Orthodox Christian Principles of Child Rearing: Principle #4: Separate Feelings from Behaviors

Note: This series of blog posts will focus on principles important to Orthodox Christians who are raising children. The series will feature a closer look at Dr. Philip Mamalakis’ book, Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child Rearing. Each week we will take a closer look at one section of the book, which is divided into 6 basic principles of child rearing. Find an overview blog post about the book here. We thank Dr. Mamalakis and Ancient Faith Publishing for giving us permission to share his wisdom with you in this way. Purchase your own copy of his book here.

Principle #4: Separate Feelings from Behaviors

Dr. Mamalakis encourages parents to separate feelings from behaviors in principle 4 of Principle #4: Separate Feelings from Behaviors. This is a very important principle, as demonstrated by the fact that it takes almost one-third of the book to speak to it. He addresses this principle across seven chapters: Take the Side of Feelings, Set Limits to Behaviors, Strategies for Setting Limits, Setting Limits With Your Child, Responding to Pushback, Understanding Consequences, and Giving Consequences.