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« Reply #45 on: June 25, 2014, 02:38:55 PM »

I would be very interested in reading a discussion about the pros and cons of Sunday School in Orthodox parishes.  Very few jurisdictions have a Sunday School program that I would actually identify as "school", most seem more like "Child Care Plus" to me.  Where I've seen a serious program, I've seen the good it can do, but they seem few and far between. 
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« Reply #46 on: June 25, 2014, 03:34:23 PM »

I would be very interested in reading a discussion about the pros and cons of Sunday School in Orthodox parishes.  Very few jurisdictions have a Sunday School program that I would actually identify as "school", most seem more like "Child Care Plus" to me.  Where I've seen a serious program, I've seen the good it can do, but they seem few and far between. 

Ours is more like a thematic discussion group divided by classes with separate teachers.   It meets once or maybe twice a month during coffee hour.  Kindergartners and such do coloring.  High schoolers have lessons, on thematic topics (one week was even focused on Christian understandings of sexuality - I think parents were encouraged to come to that one too) and a Q&A led by the priest. 
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« Reply #47 on: June 25, 2014, 04:37:00 PM »

Ours is more like a thematic discussion group divided by classes with separate teachers.   It meets once or maybe twice a month during coffee hour.  Kindergartners and such do coloring.  High schoolers have lessons, on thematic topics (one week was even focused on Christian understandings of sexuality - I think parents were encouraged to come to that one too) and a Q&A led by the priest.

That is my experience in Greece as well. Meetings are weekly after liturgy, whether on Saturday or Sunday. Topics are not as advanced, mostly because few kids over 15 keep going, but at least for me (who kept going until 18) the chanting practice was well worth it. Smiley

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