At St. Paul's, we understand the importance of focusing on our kids; and that's why we're honored to continue the legacy of our fathers in a comprehensive Sunday School program that serves every age group.
Goals of our Sunday School Program
- To encourage and prepare all students from nursery through high school to actively participate in the sacramental life of the church and to lead an active personal life of prayer.
- To provide well-rounded and theologically-based lessons on the Bible, Liturgical Worship, Prayer Life, Sacramental Life, and Mission Awareness to enable our students to translate Orthodox principles into their personal lives.
- To establish a stable, non-threatening educational environment and, in the case of our young adults, a forum at which open discussions can be facilitated about the contemporary moral and religious issues facing them.
- To have a dependable volunteer staff who, because of their personal commitment to Christ, serve His Church as teachers.
- To provide our teachers with continuing education and opportunities to learn about and witness their faith at Bible Study, at Archdiocesan seminars, at adult retreats and through various service projects administered by the adults of St. George.
- To provide the staff and students with text books and other resources (i.e., craft supplies, videos, library and research materials) which inspire learning in a Sunday School program which is also spiritually enriching for our children.
Ways That Parents Can Help Our Program
- Plan to be in church at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy - 8:30 a.m. (matins at 8am) Arriving at church late is sending a message to our children that it is not important to be on time for God. Just as we must be on time for school, work, and social events, we should also be on time for church each week. Sunday School will conclude at 11:45 a.m.
- Be consistent. Attend church regularly. Coming to services only when it is convenient is very disruptive not only to a child's sense of routine and tradition but it is also disruptive for teachers and students who need to prepare their lessons and their activities for a specific number of students.
- Visit the classroom frequently, especially during the Open House in October and meet with the teacher(s) to see what lessons your child is learning so they can be re-enforced at home; ask your child if they have any special handouts from teacher. Discuss the lesson in the car or at home and let them know that the lesson is an important one that needs to be remembered.
- See that your child comes to class prepared with books, homework and reading assignments, etc.
- Practice the faith at home, observe fast days and schedule family prayer time especially at dinner time. Celebrate each family member's Nameday with a small cake. Teach your children about the Saint they were named for and why their life is an example for us today. Children are great imitators - what they see you do, you will see them do.
- Lastly and most importantly, remember your own salvation. Coming to church just "for the kids" and not for yourself is missing the point. You cannot teach your children, you cannot inspire your children and you cannot set an example for your children unless you yourself participate in the sacramental life of the church. Most importantly, remember that Christianity is not taught. It is caught.
St. Paul Sunday School Program (after liturgy on Sunday @ approximately 11am)
At St. Paul, we are proud to carry on the tradition and movement of St. Habib Guirguis. We offer Sunday School classes for all ages from pre-k to high school. All of the servants in this program are educated and well trained in the Coptic Orthodox church. They give their time and effort to relay their knowledge and education to our children. Our program relies heavily on the curriculum approved by HG Bishop Youseff, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States. The curriculum is broken down into grades and weeks throughout the year. You can find the curriculum at the bottom of this page and simply navigate to your child's age and find the lessons they are being given every week. Below you will find a list of all the classes by grade and the servants/teachers of those classes. Each class has the name of a saint and that saint serves as the patron saint of the class. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the servants of the class.
The Southern Diocese Sunday School Curriculum can be found here.
Information on the St. Paul Sunday School classes can be found here.