Being an Orthodox Christian Program

‘Being an Orthodox Christian’ is an educational program for year three Church School children in the Archdiocese. The purpose of the program is to strengthen each participating child’s resolve in their Orthodox faith and to inspire them to celebrate and be proud of their Orthodoxy. The program focuses on the children learning about their Baptism and Chrismation, Holy Eucharist, Confession, and prayer. It also sees the children participate in an almsgiving activity of their choice.

The program runs for about 8 weeks. In this time, the participating children will receive a ‘Being an Orthodox Christian’ workbook to complete at home under the guidance of their parents and/or caregivers. They will also participate in lessons in Church School that will reinforce the topics they are learning about.

At the conclusion of the 8 weeks, the children, their families and Church School teachers will be invited to a special Liturgy and meal of Agape in celebration of them completing the program. Here they will receive a certificate and gift by His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios. The children will also have an opportunity to show their completed workbooks to His Eminence and other clergy members present.

The ‘Being an Orthodox Christian’ program will be run annually and begin two weeks after Pascha. Year three children in the Archdiocese are encouraged to attend Church School regularly to receive the workbook and participate in this significant educational program about their Orthodox faith.


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