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Can't find what you're looking for? This directory provides a listing of Orthodox institutions, publishers, vendors and service providers relevant for those engaged in Christian Education. For questions regarding this directory, contact us.
Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., the Director of Religious Education for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, has compiled an exhaustive resource list for both church school and home use at www.phyllisonest.com.
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If you are looking for a fun, hands-on way to teach young people about the importance of doing acts of charity, Project Mexico has developed a three-lesson Church School Curriculum that is available at no cost. The three lessons give students an opportunity to examine what it means to be poor, hear what Christ instructed us to do for those in need, learn about Project Mexico's ministry to the poor and orphaned of Mexico.
Light a candle and say prayers at an online chapel. Upon entering an Orthodox Church, it is customary to light candles and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend. Candles are lit before icons as a sign of one’s faith and hope in God’s help that is always sent to all who turn to Him and His Saints with faith and prayers. The candle is also a witness of our faith, and expresses our burning and grateful love for God.
The Saint of the Day, from Ancient Faith Radio, briefly tells the story of one of our venerable Saints we are commemorating for each day. It is heard eight times daily Monday—Friday, and is also available as a podcast. Our reader is a professional actor and an ordained Deacon in the Orthodox Church, Dn. Jerome Atherholt. Our source is www.abbamoses.com.
Under the Grapevine Podcast: Readings for Children by Chrissi Hart
Inspirational Stories for Children of All Ages
Enjoy readings by Dr. Chrissi Hart, author of Under the Grapevine and The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor published by Conciliar Press. This program concentrates on Orthodox Christian books and other classic literature from a variety of sources.
At their Orthodox Kids Corner website, Potamitis Publishing offers hundreds of free coloring pages (including icons), dot-to-dots, mazes, puzzles, and other activities, available for free download for personal and Sunday Church School use. You can also send e-cards. NOTE: you'll need to set up a log-in to access the Kids Corner.
Potamitis Publishing publishes Orthodox children's books, in both English and Greek. Filled with lush and vibrant images, praised by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the 1st, these books offer engaging stories that make Orthodox teachings accessible for little ones and adults alike.
Visit the Orthodox Church in America's Department of Christian Education website at www.dce.oca.org.
- Complete (FOCUS) Units. There are five units: Monasticism, Journey to Pascha, The Nativity Season, My Orthodox Family, and The Theotokos. The units consist of of 5-8 lessons written at five levels, preschool-adult.
- Mini Units. There are 15 multi-leveled units of 1-2 lessons, including Mission, Repentance, and Champions of Faith.
- Teacher Resources. In this category there are 182 articles, handouts, music, bible stories, tools, and activities.
The Mustard Seed is a feature of the Department of Christian Education. The task of the website is to provide suggestions and advice for small church schools; however, Church School Directors of small, medium, and large schools can benefit. The site is maintained by Catherine Sullivan, an associate of the Department of Christian Education. "If you have the faith of a mustard seed...you can move mountains!" Matthew 17:20