Sunday Church School
George Barna, a leading researcher on Church and cultural trends in America, was asked, “What was the most stunning set of data you ever received?" As a man well-known for exposing very troubling patterns in our society, his findings rarely surprise him, but this one did. He took a national sample of 13-year-olds and compared them with a sampling of adults comprising every age segment. On 12 core spiritual perspectives, he discovered no difference between any of the groups. In other words, the things a person believes by age 13 are pretty much what he or she will die believing.
This should be an eye-opener. We can’t afford to wait until our children are teenagers before we expect them to be able to understand our Orthodox teachings and major biblical truths. Things like being saved by grace through faith, not by good deeds. Things like how our hearts are naturally inclined to sin and that as a result, they need forgiveness. As Charles Spurgeon said, “A child who knowingly sins can savingly believe.”
At St. Barbara we are gearing up for our Sunday Church School program for the 2014-2015 ecclesiastical year. In order to provide a strong foundation, it is important that your child attend consistently as every lesson builds on the previous lesson. As families prepare for the new academic school year and extracurricular activities start getting into full swing, please don’t forget to include Sunday Church School into your schedules. Classes will start on Sunday, September 8. Registration forms are available in the hall and on the St. Barbara Website.
I pray that our children will thank God they have grown up in Orthodox homes.
Christi Kleoudis, Sunday Church School Coordinator