Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
From another post, there was discussion about whether Sunday School was maybe not such a good idea. I don't know how many Orthodox parishes have Sunday school, but if your parish does, please indicate that as well as when the Sunday school goes on. Also, if your parish does not offer Sunday school, can you offer reasons why. Please also include which jurisdiction you belong to. Thanks.
I both teach and am involved with curriculum design and implementation with our clergy at our my parish and we adore our program and what good it does.
Sunday school teaches the children the depth of their faith and the meaning of their culture while also integrating them into the parish while building a stronger community of families through fellowship and mutual bonding. Further, our kids get the opportunity to ask really deep questions in a forum that is facilitating their spiritual and emotional development. Especially for the older kids like teenagers and young adults, a Sunday school or Youth ministry demonstrates to the kids a powerful image and symbol that they have their own uniquely adapted place in the Church and the community, and that the Church is there trying to work best for their needs directly, it is very encouraging, motivating, and inspiring for them.
Also in Orthodox tradition and especially Ethiopia, the Sunday School has been the only school, and so it has brought the value of education to most believers across history. Today in our modern era we tend to have reliable public education and good teachers out there, so the Church can now better focus on spiritual development and religious education.
That is my testimony as an educator within my Church community, I cherish the role and I learn
from the experience more than any of my students