St. Mark Of Ephesus Orthodox Church
261 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 02364
The children experience what it might have been like to be beneath the protecting veil of the Theotokos.
The children experience what it might have been like to be beneath the protecting veil of the Theotokos.
The children experience what it might have been like to be beneath the protecting veil of the Theotokos.
Miss Kaitlyn reading us a story about the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos.
Miss Kaitlyn reading us a story about the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos.
Miss Kaitlyn reading us a story about the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos.
The children reciting a prayer for the protection of the Theotokos.
The children reciting a prayer for the protection of the Theotokos.
The children reciting a prayer for the protection of the Theotokos.

Welcome to the Saint Mark of Ephesus Church School Page!

 

Sunday, 10/2/22

Miss Kaitlyn visited us in class on Sunday and read a story about the Protecting Veil of the Most-Holy Theotokos. We all stood beneath a veil to experience what it might have been like to be St. Andrew and Epiphanius on that day when they were worthy enough to see the veil and witness the Theotokos praying. The children recited a prayer to the Theotokos beneath the veil. Afterwards, our St. Herman and St. Paisios students recieved a prayer rope bracelet and learned about how to pray the Jesus Prayer. 

 

Here are some wonderful things the students have been writing about in their lessons:

 

On St. Paisios: "In the forest, he studied monastic asceticism and humility and love." 

 

On The Four Fisherman Called: "Simon Peter doubted Christ's command to go out into the deep because Peter thought he knew more than Christ. I think the apostles learned that they had faith."

 

On St. Herman of Alaska: "The most fascinating fact about St. Herman that I liked the most was when the saint reposed and a light shone from his face, and the people on the nearby island saw a pillar of light rise into the sky."

 

On How to be a Fisher of Men: "Help others in need, listen to my parents and Christ, spread the gospel."

 

Many of the students have enjoyed the Enrichment Activites in Google Classroom and we hope that you will all continue to watch the videos or activities that get posted there every week.

 

Next Sunday, we will be learning about St. Seraphim of Sarov (our first saint in our ongoing lesson: The Saints and the Animals that Served Them). In addition to this, I will be reading a book aloud to them called, "The Fullness of Joy: A Story about Loss and Renewal" by Georgia Briggs which is about St. Seraphim of Sarov and the animals he befriended. We will be reading 1 or 2 chapters per each class. 

 

Keep up the fantastic work and God bless.

 

Quote for this week: "We must instruct our children from the day they are born in Orthodox Christian life by our example, in our every thought, word and deed."

 

Thank you so much, Miss Kaitlyn, for reading a story to us!

 

Love in Christ, Catherine, Ilia, Juliana and Katie

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Sunday, 9/25/22 - Our Day at Church School 

Today at church school, Mrs. Haskins read the story of the "Miraculous Catch of Fish" to our St. Brigid students. Afterward, they made "Fishers of Men" mobiles. It was a lot of fun and they did a great job following directions and being creative with their mobiles. 

 

There was only 1 student in our St. Herman class today - Nicholas began the "Fishers of Men" poster for his classmates adding the first fish describing what it means to be a "Fisher of Men". He read the gospel for today and answered two questions about what he read. The St. Herman and St. Paisios students who were not in class today, will be completing their assignments in our Google Classroom and adding their fish to the poster the next time they attend class.

 

Many of our students are doing a wonderful job with this year's reading challenge. Please continue to encourage your children to read books from our library and record what they read on the Reading Challenge Worksheet. Remember, the child who reads the most books at the end of the year will receive a very special gift

 

We continue to stress how important it is to bring your children to church every Sunday so that they may participate in the Divine Liturgy and in Church School.

 

We leave you with this quote on the importance of teaching our children about God. Remember, our children are a blessing from God and as adults, we have a God-given responsibility to care, encourage, nurture, and admonish them in the way of the Lord. 

 

"Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord." (Psalm 127:3)

 

Love in Christ, Catherine, Ilia, Juliana and Katie

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Sunday, 9/18/22 - Our Day at Church School 

Our church school students did such a wonderful job today learning about the Exaltation of the Cross. Our St. Brigid students read a story about the Exaltation of the Cross with Mr. Koulikov and then completed a fun activity where they drew a line to match the picture with the correct phrase pertaining to the Holy Cross, St. Helen and St. Constantine. They also pieced together a pastoral scene about the life of St. Brigid and the animals she befriended. 

 

Our St. Herman and St. Paisios students worked on an assignment where they learned about the Exaltation of the Cross; we also looked on a map and learned that Constantinople (now called Istanbul) is in modern-day Turkey. They also spent some time on an artistic line-drawing of the feast, which they will finish at home. The students were asked "Why did Constantine send his mother to find the true Cross?" - here are their answers:

 

"Constantine wanted to figure out what cross Jesus Christ died on."

 

"Maybe Constantine felt as if the task would be risky to endure himself. This could have caused him to send his mother on the journey."

 

"Constantine sent her to find the true cross because he wanted to find it."

 

"Constantine sent his mother, Empress Helen, to find the true cross because it could bring back the dead."

 

The children are also enjoying the library and have borrowed books and have taken advantage of our reading and activity room. We continue to encourage them to keep track of all the books they read on the reading challenge list. I would also like to thank all the students who completed their homework online and brought in their work today. Very well done! 

 

Remember to complete the Enrichment Activities on Google Classroom!

 

Next Sunday, we will be focusing on the gospel lesson for the day: The Miraculous Catch of Fish.

 

Keep up the good work and may God bless you throughout the coming week. 

 

We leave you with this quote on the importance of teaching our children about God from St. John Chrysostom:

 

“When we teach children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving (all these are attributes of God), to be generous, to love their fellow men, to regard this present age as nothing, we instill virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them.”

 

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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.

 

I’m honored and blessed to have the opportunity to teach your children and I look forward to the church school year. 

 

Love in Christ,

Catherine

 

Teachers

Catherine Condrick

Katie Beuhlmann

Juliana Haskins

Ilia Koulikov

 

Class Roster

St. Brigid of Ireland Class (Pre-K - 3rd Grade)

Nadia Galambos

Selah Gross

Emilia Haskins

Joshua Haskins

Nathaniel Koulikov

 

St. Herman of Alaska Class (4th - 6th Grade)

Nicholas Condrick

Ari Gross

Matthew Williams

 

St. Paisios of Mount Athos Class (7th - 12th Grade)

Zack Bacon

Cece Paulin

Mina Paulin

Fiona Sutton

Andrew Williams

 

2022 – 2023 Church School Calendar of Events

(Dates and events may be subject to change)

 

Sunday, 9/11                

First Day of Church School

 

Sunday, 10/23             

Annual Harvest Fair & Pie Contest

Children’s Fair & Church School Picture

Sunday, 10/30 (Rain Date)

(Church school will not be held on this day)

 

TBA

Church School Thanksgiving Almsgiving

                                               

Sunday, 12/04             

Christmas Tree Decorating (our Church School students will host Coffee Hour)

(Church school will not be held on this day)

 

TBA                             

Church School Christmas Almsgiving

                                               

TBA                               

Luminary Night

Our Church School students will run the refreshment table

Nicholas C. will be St. Nicholas

 

Sunday, 12/18             

Church School Nativity Concert

(Church school will not be held on this day)

 

Sunday, 1/15                

Painting Show: Saints & the Animals that Served Them

St. Mark Bookstore

 

TBA                               

Church School Lenten Almsgiving

 

TBA                               

Egg dying/decorating (demonstration about how Ukrainian Pysanka eggs are made)

 

Sunday, 6/18                

Last Day of Church School & Presentation

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