Welcome to the Saint Mark of Ephesus Church School Page!
Sunday, October 16
Today, Nicholas, who is in the St. Herman Class, taught the St. Brigid Class about St. Seraphim of Sarov and the animals that came to him in the forest. After reading a story about St. Seraphim, the children made foxes out of construction paper.
On 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/3, and 12/11, our church school students will be practicing for the Children's Nativity Concert that will take place on Sunday, December 18. It is very important for all of our students to attend these practices in order to learn the music for the concert. We encourage parents to attend these practices as well, for we are hoping the parents will sing along with their children and be a part of the choir. (Please take note of the dates of the practices)
Here are some important dates to remember:
Saturday, 12/3 at 3:00 - 3:30 PM
Practice for the Nativity Concert
St. Nicholas Day Celebration & Christmas Tree Decorating
(No church school practice)
Children's Nativity Concert following services
Church School Curriculum for 2022 -2023
We will begin the church school year by learning about our Classroom Patron Saints and the Nicene Creed. In October, the students will learn how to pray the Jesus Prayer and they will begin learning about the Saints and the Animals that Served Them; this will be an ongoing project that they will work on both in church school and at home. Our main focus, however, will be mainly on each Sunday’s Gospel lesson which you can find on the OCA website at https://www.oca.org. I encourage each child to share the Gospel story we read and learn about in class with their family at home.
In November, we will learn about the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos and we will spend the month of December learning about the Winter Saints: St. Herman, St. Lucia, St. Nicholas and the Nativity of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ. For the rest of the winter season, we will learn about the Theophany of Christ and the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple. In Spring, we will learn about the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos, Great Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Great and Holy Pascha.
Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to borrow books from the lending library (located in the church school room) – books may be borrowed for two weeks. At the end of the school year, the child who has read the most books will be presented with a very special gift on the last day of church school. As parents and educators, we must continue to encourage our children to read books about their Orthodox faith which will, in turn, enrich their lives and bring them closer to God. In addition, the online Google Classroom is available for missed classes; Enrichment Activities are available for all students.
Church School meets every Sunday (unless otherwise noted) after the Thanksgiving Prayers are read and the duration of the class will be approximately 20 minutes. We accept new enrollments all year long and registration forms are available on the bulletin board in the bookstore. Children of all ages are welcome to attend church school. The last day of church school will be on Sunday, June 4 and the children will give their presentations on this day.
We are blessed to have the opportunity to teach your children and I look forward to the church school year.
St. Brigid of Ireland Class (Pre-K - 3rd Grade)
St. Herman of Alaska Class (4th - 6th Grade)
St. Paisios of Mount Athos Class (7th - 12th Grade)