EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN IN THE IMAGE OF GOD AND AFTER THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST
“Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me....”
and “the smallest among you is the greatest.” (Mark 9;36)
The birth of a child is a miracle. Another person comes in to this world to live with us in our family. Sending us a child God gives as a unique opportunity to serve in His Kingdom.
Raising a child is a work of a saint. And if we raise our children with a determination and dedication of a saint we will raise a holy generation. By undertaking this responsibility we dedicate our entire lives to serve a holy purpose, which is to provide safe and comfortable place where our children can grow and become the best that God has intended for them. Our children are our blessings, because their presence in our lives makes us to understand the life from a completely different perspective.
We not only raise them and teach them but we also grow with their help and learn from them lessons of life that no one could ever give us. Family (the unity of two and later with Gods will also birth of a child or children) is the image and the symbol of the Holy Trinity on earth. The unique family love has an incredible power of bringing individuals in to one unit and helping them become persons.
"It is very important to create a prayerful and healthy atmosphere within the home, because an atmosphere of prayer and spiritual health have a profound influence on children’s lives". -Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos
French pedagog (Master teacher) Jean-Jacque Rousseau once has said: “If you have started your child's education after he or she is one year old than you are one year too late”, when we start it right after the birth we have missed a lot, when we start the education during pregnancy something
essential can be done.
"I firmly believe, however, that what a child receives in the course of his /her upbringing is not the knowledge that his/her parents happen to have or the advice they give, however wise it may be, but above all what his/her parents themselves are. We do not offer children what we know; rather, we offer them what we ourselves are". -Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos
We live in a secular world and we have less input into our children's lives than the society and it doesn't seem like the society cares much about God lately. We need to do everything from the earliest ages possible to develop a generation who LOVES God and Jesus Christ as God’s Only Begotten Son.
"In the spiritual education of children, our first concern is not to train their wills, but to attract grace – by our life and prayer – to their environment, and to let each child’s heart become attached to grace. Theological discussion with children is a very small proportion of Christian education. Prayer that God will touch them with grace is a permanent dimension of all our dealings with children, even when they are not with us". ~Sister Magdalen
We need to raise a generation that has personal experience with God so that nothing can misguide them, because nothing can be against them if God is with them. So then let us walk our journey together victoriously.
Dear Church School Families,
We are excited to be starting a new year and want to keep communication between teachers and families a high priority. If you have any questions or concerns please speak with either Father or me right away. We are striving to make this a productive and positive year for all. I am asking that parents and teachers work together, we are the first examples for our children and we have to be the best examples.
Church School will start promptly at 10am with the Divine Liturgy. All children should sit in the front rows with their classes. We ask that children not be given food in church especially if they will be receiving Holy Communion. We also ask that children not be given any electronics in church. Participating in the Liturgy is part of their lesson and so it is important that they experience the Liturgy with all of their senses. The children will go to their classes after Communion and will be released at 12:00. If you have to release your child before noon on a particular Sunday please try to let their teacher know before so this can be done without disturbing the class. As in their daily school we are asking that children be dressed appropriately, no spaghetti straps on tops, dresses/skirts no shorter than three finger lengths above the knee, no shorts or jeans.
We plan to email updates at the beginning of each month including special events, Sundays the children will be staying in church for the entire Liturgy, etc.
If you would like to help we would appreciate it very much. We are all volunteers and we all have busy lives but again we are all examples to our children and what better example than to teach our children our faith and love of God.
Church School classes will be starting in September. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-727-6896.
Church School Administrative Director