The purpose of our Church School program is to help our youth grow toward a personal relationship with our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ as well as in knowledge about our beautiful Orthodox Christian Faith. The 2015- 2016 Church School year started off strong with an excited and committed (not burnt out!) team of Church School Teachers, a streamlined registration process, and some exciting, new curricular tools for the older classes. In keeping with local tradition, our first class was held on September 13 (the Sunday nearest to the Feast of the Holy Cross on Sept. 14) on which we celebrated the feast with the procession for the Holy Cross and enjoyed a general assembly church school lesson about the meaning of the feast and its icon. We also celebrated numerous special events together including the 2015 Nativity Celebration: The Nativity Story and Christmas in Candyland Dinner and Dancing event on December 20.

Our Church School could not exist nor be effective without a team of committed and faithful Church School Teachers! THANK YOU!!! Pre-K and K: Rana Nader, Narmeen Mitri, Catia Khalife. First-Third Grade: Tammy Odeh Sandy Al-Shaer, Sabrina Hanna. Fourth-Sixth Grade: Dima Swaidan, Samar Afnan, George Tarazi, Bishoy Matta. Middle School: Michael Ansara. High School: Roxanne Massad.

2015-2016 Theme: Weare the Church I-the Body of Christ on this earth!

“…You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may

This year, we redistributed our classes to fit the number of committed teachers as well as mimic a Montesorri class structure and though our classrooms are bursting, it has worked very well! This year, with the assistance of the CSMT, there is weekly communication with the parents of registered students on the theme of this Sunday’s lesson with resources for learning more. This has been a very fruitful and effective way to keep kids and their families engaged in their parish. We purchased flat screens and Apple TVs for the Middle and High School classrooms to use the Be the Bee videos to teach our lessons. Glory to God for the opportunity and honor of teaching our kids the holy Orthodox Christian Faith! +++ Nushkur Allah!