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."
Reward your staff and students by recognizing their efforts! There are two attendance certificates, one for older children and one for younger, which simply read "For Exemplary Church School Attendance." In addition, we have a "Recognition Certificate," which allows you to recognize every child for something if you wish— from a bright smile to listening well. Finally, we have an adult Appreciation Certificate. These are available both as a fillable word document and as a PDF. To use the fillable word document, simply click on the line under "presented to" or "awarded to." A gray box will appear in which you can type the name of the individual you would like to recognize. Print, sign and present!
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR DIRECTORS
by Elissa Bjeletich
Lately, I have been fascinated by the idea of Family Retreats, of events that feed the parents as much as they feed the children. Orthodoxy is a way of life, and you can teach facts and ideas in a weekly class, but to truly follow Christ we must be living as His body. Sunday School teachers can plant seeds and inspire thoughts, even inspire faith and prayer — but parents have the power to do so much more. By establishing an Orthodox home with a pattern of prayer and fasting, parents can help their children develop a healthy spiritual rhythm that they’ll carry throughout their lives.
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR TEACHERS
Pascha is the Feast of Feasts! It is a time of the year like no other. That is as it should be, for it is when we celebrate the most important thing that there is to be celebrated: the resurrection of our Lord, and His trampling down death itself by His own death! Let us celebrate accordingly, and find ways that help to communicate to our Sunday Church School students how important this festal celebration is!
We have gathered a few links in case you are looking for additional ways to set this feast apart with your students. We hope that these ideas enhance what you already have planned to do, and to teach them about the celebration. May we all be granted to see His glorious Resurrection once again, and may we help our students to celebrate well alongside us. May the Light of Christ indeed illumine us all!
FEATURED ARTICLE FOR PARENTS
Holy Week is a wonderful, special week for Orthodox Christians. It is also filled with long services that can be challenging to anyone, but especially to young children. This post offers suggestions for Holy Week that can help to make Holy Week more meaningful for children of different ages. There are many ideas here. They range from ideas of ways to prepare yourself for the week to ways to help your children understand the services to crafty things you can do together.
Check out these ideas if you have time, and apply any that you wish. Please do not let these many suggestions discourage you, especially if you do not have the energy to add “one more thing” to your family’s schedule! You know your family, and what each member needs the most. So live accordingly!
Above all, let us love our Lord and each other throughout Holy Week. May we live this week together, in awe of His compassion and mercy, and in gratitude for His great gift to us. May all that we do (or do not do!) prepare us to celebrate His holy resurrection!