THE IMPORTANCE OF CHURCH SCHOOL
“Let the children come to me, so not to hinder them; for to such belongs the Kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it”. Mark 10: 14-15
Christian education is a permanent challenge to the work of the church. Not only did our Lord and Savior continuously teach the word of God during His early mission, but the Church as well from the earliest times looked upon Christian education as one of its essential ministries. As the first Christians joined the Church “they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship to the breaking of bread and the prayers”. Acts 2:42
The greatest gift, the most precious inheritance that we have to give to our children is our Orthodox Faith. Jesus makes it clear that He wants children to come to know Him, and that He considers it a grave offence for an adult to hinder this process or lead a child astray:
“whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and be drowned in the depth of the sea”. Matt 18:6
Our St Lazarus “Ravanica” Church School classes are held every Sunday starting at 10:00 am for grades Pre-K to 2nd grade, and at 11:00 am for 3rd grade through High School.
Important Message from Father Zivan:
“Parents, bring your children to Church School. Your personal example and involvement in the religious education of your children are extremely important. The priest and teachers cannot do the job alone. Here is how you can help develop the spiritual life and moral upbringing of your children.
- Register your child in our Sunday Church School Program.
- Bring them to Church on time.
- Stay and worship at the Divine Liturgy in the Church.
- Be positive about Church.
- Discuss with them what they learned each Sunday.
- Teach them to bring their weekly stewardship offering.
- Give your personal example of Christian living.
- Emphasize regular repentance and Holy Communion.
- Put Church before every other activity on Sunday.
- Avoid criticism of others.
- Let your love for Our Lord Jesus Christ radiate.
Yours in Christ,