Sunday School

The Assumption Sunday Church School program welcomes children as young as two in our Little Lambs (parent & tot) class and offers classes from Pre-K through High School.  The child's Sunday Church School grade should correspond with their day school grade.   To register for Pre-K, your child must have celebrated his/her third birthday on or before September 1st of the school year.


Please click on the following link for this week's Orthodox Faith for Teens.  The message is offered by Fr. Peter Andronache of St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   http://www.goreligiousedchicago.org/current-issue.html


Sunday Church School Happiness Challenge: The children of our Sunday Church School continue to spread happiness from organization to organization.

2016
September  
Feed My Starving Children
October  
Rush University Hospital Road Home Program/IMD Guesthouse
Night Ministry
November  
Hephzibah Home
Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot
December  
Food Drive
Loretto Toy Drive
Christmas Caroling at Greek American Rehab.
Care packages for Assumption College Students
“Blessing Bags” for Chicago Area Homeless
2017
January  
Cards for a child with leukemia
Dinner for families staying at Ronald McDonald House (Loyola Hospital)
February  
Valentine Cards for children at LaRabida Children's hospital
March  
Fleece Blankets for patients at Ronald McDonald House
April  
Packed IOCC care packages

Every month the children will have an opportunity to put our faith in action with various philanthropic service projects. We will have monthly bulletin updates to show our children’s progress as well as updates to our website with pictures that will show a glimpse of the beautiful example of our faith in action that our children continue to offer.


Sunday Church School - Journey Through Lent 40 Charities in 40 Days:
With the blessing of Fr. Timothy and Fr. Dimitrios and their Spiritual Guidance our Church School is excited to kick off a new program that we will participate in during Great Lent.  40 Charities in 40 days!! (this does not replace our Happiness Challenge which is our hands-on service projects we have committed to).

During the course of Great Lent, we will have an opportunity to learn about and donate to 40 different charitable organizations. Each day there will be a SCS email sent with a name/brief description of the chosen organization and their need. Our hope is that our Lenten Journey will be one that is spiritually enriching; that along with prayers, fasting and attendance in some of our many church services during Great Lent there will be an opportunity to talk to our children about each of these organizations and let them decide or maybe even shop for the item that is being collected. There will be 40 boxes labeled with the organization's name where donations can be dropped off.  During Bright Week students of the SCS will deliver all the donations.

Every month the children will have an opportunity to put our faith in action with various philanthropic service projects. We will have monthly bulletin updates to show our children’s progress as well as updates to our website with pictures that will show a glimpse of the beautiful example of our faith in action that our children continue to offer.

WE DID IT!! 40 CHARITIES IN 40 DAYS!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Charities #1-10 RECAP:
Charity #1: Peace Corner Youth Center,  Collecting:  crayons, markers, colored pencils
Charity #2: Thumbuddy Special , Collecting: Hand lotion, nail polish
Charity #3: Mission Congo, Collecting: Spare change for copier purchase
Charity #4: OPRF Food Pantry, Collecting: Food seasonings and Spices
Charity #5: Easter Seals, Collecting: Art supplies(glue sticks, crayons, markers etc.
Charity #6 Anti Cruelty Society, Collecting: Newspapers
Charity #7 The Boulevard, Collecting: ToiletriesCharity #8: Deborah’s Place, Collecting: hand soap, bars of soap, shampoo and conditioner
Charity #9: Sarah’s Inn, Collecting: nonperishable food items
Charity #10:  Bridge to Success, Collecting: gently used professional clothing

Charities #11-20 RECAP:
Charity #11: Covenant House, Collecting: gently used backpacks, drawstring athletic bags, & new socks
Charity #12: Ronald McDonald House, Collecting: pop tabs
Charity #13: New Moms, Collecting: kitchen cleaning supplies
Charity #14: Phil’s Friends, Collecting: knit hats, puzzle books (word search, crossword etc.)
Charity #15: The Night Ministry, Collecting: Plastic Grocery Bags
Charity #16: Bernie's Book Bank, Collecting: Gently used, children's books (ages birth- 6th grade)
Charity #17: Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, Collecting: Cleaned, used mascara wands
Charity #18: IOCC, Collecting: metal nail files/nail clippers, combs or band aids
Charity #19: The GrayMatters Foundation, Collecting: Bright, colorful stickers
Charity #20: Muscular Dystrophy, Collecting: Pens

Charities #21-30 RECAP:
Charity #21: Sunny Patch, Collecting: Craft sticks or Garden Markers
Charity #22: Featherfist, Collecting: Gently used clothing
Charity #23: Teen Living Program, Collecting: Snack Items (Granola bars, fruit snacks, chips, etc.)
Charity #24: Jesse Brown VA, Collecting: Magazines (new/gently used 3 months old or newer)
Charity #25: Random Acts of Flowers, Collecting: Vases (new or gently used)
Charity #26: Fisher House, Collecting: Kleenex
Charity #27: Cradles to Crayons, Collecting: Gently used shoes all sizes
Charity #28: San Jose Obrero Mission, Collecting: DVDS/board games/puzzles (new or gently used)
Charity #29: Connections for Abused Women & Children, Collecting: Hand Sanitizer
Charity #30: Support Our Troops, Collecting: Hard candy/Breath mints, Gum, or granola bars

Charities #31-40 RECAP:
Charity #31: Lake County Haven, Collecting: Baby Wipes or Hand Soap
Charity #32: A Safe Haven, Collecting: New Washcloths

Charity #33: Pacific Garden Mission, Collecting: Gently Used Children’s Clothing
Charity #34: OCMC, Collecting: Spare Change for our Mission Box
Charity #35: Sarah’s Circle, Collecting: Ladies Deodorant or Disposable Razors
Charity #36: Lions Club International, Collecting: Usable Glasses or Sunglasses
Charity #37: Toy Box Connection, Collecting: Gently Used Toys
Charity #38: Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, Collecting: Coloring Books
Charity #39: Oak Park Animal Care League, Collecting: Gently Used Blankets and Towels

Charity #40: Youth Outreach Services, Collecting: School Supplies: Pocket folders, notebooks, pencils etc


We are still in need of a 11th/12th Grade High School SCS Teacher:
Our Church puts out the call for a qualified and loving individual (man or woman) to join our Sunday Church School teaching staff for the 2016-17 school academic year.  We are in need of a teacher for our 11th/12th grade students.  There is no more rewarding or fulfilling feeling, nor gift that we can give back to our Lord, other than to impart to His children the Word of God and the blessed teachings of our Holy Orthodox Church.  Helping to mold the formation of a child’s faith and belief in the Lord is a commission that each of us is bestowed with as baptized Orthodox Christians.  Therefore, we ask that you give thought and prayer to the enormous opportunity of becoming a Sunday Church School assistant to assist the teacher and children. Please speak with Fr. Timothy, or the Sunday Church School Director, Mrs. Christina Arvanites.


Assumption Sunday Church School
Mission Statement

The purpose of Orthodox Christian Education is to help build up the Church, the Body of Christ, by nurturing every person in the life of personal communion with the Holy Trinity (theosis), and thus, through this ministry, to bear joyful witness to God's loving and redeeming work in the world.

The Orthodox Christian Education aims at the communication of the content of Christian truth in the context of concrete Christian living: believing, praying, worshipping, learning, applying, growing, sharing, serving and witnessing.

We accomplish these goals by providing age appropriate curriculum and faithful and enthusiastic individuals to teach our students.

Therefore, the mission of our Sunday Church School program is based on an approach which prepares the students with the principles of the Orthodox Faith, encouraging them to grow in God’s service. Our program builds a solid foundation for the children of our community through exemplary lessons in the teaching and the Worship Practices of the Greek Orthodox Christian Faith, using the fundamental tools of:
Worship
participating in community worship and private prayer
Community
sharing in the total life of the church
Discipleship
learning how to follow Jesus Christ and His Gospel Message
Service
serving the needs of others in and around the community
Witness
fulfilling Christ’s mission in the world

Through these intertwined tools we hope each child has received not only the communication of Christian truth called Orthodoxia, but also a formation of Christian Character by living a lifestyle representative of our Christian Faith called Orthopraxia


Our Team (see pictures below)


Very Reverend Fr. Timothy Bakakos
Spiritual Guidance

Christina Arvanites
Sunday Church School Director

Pre-School /  
Kindergarten:  
Christine Panos
Nina Diehl
Dena Koulouris
  1st Grade:  
Lynn Voulgarakis
Kim Voulgarakis
 
2nd Grade:  
Christina Gilroy
Jenny Panos
  3rd Grade:  
Demetra Spyropoulos
Katherine Kouvelis
 
4th Grade:  
Jeanne Jurasek
Tina Kozil
  5th Grade:  
Georgia Tsaganos
Elisabeth Koulouris
 
6th Grade:  
Eileen Szubert
Presvytera Danielle Burikas
  7th/8th Grades:  
Tina Sarantos
Dean Sarantos
 
 
9th/10th Grades:   
Chris Chulos
Anna Woods
  11th/12th Grades:   
Christina Arvanites

We are so excited to kick off a Happiness Challenge program. After the very successful 90 Acts of Kindness and just as in the Parable of the Sower, the youth of our parish have sowed seeds of kindness that flourished into a garden of love and happiness, growing and growing from organization to organization. Our Church School now takes on the Happiness Challenge. Every month beginning Sunday, September 18th the children will have an opportunity to make sure that ‘Happiness’ blossoms where they have planted seeds of kindness. They will also continue to sow; working on new ideas of how to put our faith in action! We will have monthly bulletin updates to show our children’s progress as well as updates to our website with pictures that will show a glimpse of the beautiful example of our faith in action that our children will once again offer.


Schedule of Classes

Each Sunday begins with worship by participating in the Divine Liturgy, followed by religious education. The Divine Liturgy begins at Children are encouraged to sit in their assigned class pews.

Classes are in session from September 11, 2016 to May 21, 2017.  There will be no Sunday Church School on the following dates:
    December 25, 2016
    January 1, 2017
    April 16, 2017

The Sunday Church School will recognize its students who have achieved Perfect Attendance on Sunday May 21st at the Awards Day.  The only excused absences that are allowed will be when attending another parish. We kindly request children bring a Sunday bulletin from the parish they visited.

For more information, please email sundayschool@Assumptionchicago.org

Thank you!


Sunday School Registration Forms

The Sunday School registration Form for the 2016/2017 program year is available online in either MSWord format or the AdobePDF format for your convenience.

Also, please take a moment to fill out the Parent Volunteer Program Sign-Up (Also available in either MSWord format or AdobePDF format)

Please fill out the forms and return them to the Church office at your earliest opportunity. Completed forms can also be emailed to sundayschool@assumptionchicago.org.


2016-17 Calendar of Events

2016

Sep
9/11 Welcome Back to Sunday Church School
9/16 Youth Night Oak Brook Park District
9/18 Regular Class/1st Adult Education Class
9/24 Feed My Starving Children 2-4pm
9/25 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class

Oct
10/2 Regular Class
10/9 Regular Class
10/16 Regular Class/Adult Education Class
10/21 Youth Night Oak Brook Park District
10/23 Regular Class J/Night Ministry Food truck
10/30 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class/No Dance

Nov
11/6 Regular Class/No Dance
11/9 SCS Staff Meeting
11/12 Harvest Day Plato Hall
11/13 Regular Class/Adult Education Class/Hephzibah House Sunday Supper
11/18 Youth Night Oak Brook Park District
11/20 Regular Class
11/27 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class

Dec
12/3 Annual Decorate the Hall/Tree
12/4 Regular Class/Adult Education Class (Pageant Rehearsal after class)
12/11 Christmas Pageant
12/16 Youth Night Oak Brook Park District
12/18 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class
12/25 Divine Liturgy Main Church/No SCS/No Dance

2017
Jan
1/1 Divine Liturgy Main Church/No SCS/No Dance
1/8 Regular Class/Vasilopita cutting in classes
1/11 SCS Staff Meeting
1/15 Regular Class/Adult Education
1/20 Youth night Oak Brook Park District
1/21 RMH Dinner
1/22 Regular Class/ PREK/KINDERGARTEN & HS OPEN HOUSE
1/29 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class 1st GRADE OPEN HOUSE

Feb
2/5 Regular Class/ 2nd GRADE OPEN HOUSE
2/12 Regular Class/Godparents Sunday
2/17 Youth Night Oak Brook Park District
2/19 Regular Class/3rd GRADE/7th/8th GRADE OPEN HOUSE/Apokreatiko
2/26 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/ Regular Class 4th GRADE OPEN HOUSE

Mar
3/5 Reg Class/Sun of Orthodoxy Grades 5-12 Divine Liturgy upstairs/procession
3/8 SCS Staff Meeting
3/11 Lenten Retreat
3/12 Regular Class/Adult Education
3/19 Regular Class/ 5th/6th GRADE OPEN HOUSE
3/26 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class

April
4/2 Regular Class
4/9 Palm Sunday/Regular Class/No Dance
4/16 Great & Holy Pascha (Agape Service Main Church)/No SCS/No Dance
4/21 Youth night Oak Brook Park District
4/22 Bright Saturday Celebration
4/23 Regular Class
4/30 Divine Liturgy Upstairs/Regular Class

May
5/7 Regular Class
5/10 SCS Staff Meeting
5/14 Regular Class/ Mother’s Day Tribute (grades PREK-3rd)
5/21 Awards Day


2016-17 Sunday Church School Classes

Pre School & Kindergarten
 
  1st Grade
 
 
2nd Grade
 
   
3rd Grade
 
 
4th Grade
 
   
5th Grade
 
 
6th Grade
 
   
7th - 8th Grades
 
 
9th - 10th Grades
 
   
11th - 12th Grades