Keep the Summer Connection Active Webinar:

On May 20, 2020, the Dept. of Religious Education, in cooperation with the Dept. of Stewardship, Outreach, and Evangelism, hosted a webinar called “Keep the Summer Connection Active,” where presenters Angeliki Constantine from the DRE and Natalia Tzobanaki & Despina Lachanaris from Orthodox Pebbles spoke about tips and strategies for ending the Church School year virtually and how to hold virtual summer programs.

Wrapping up the year:

Things you can do:

  • Have your parish priest announce the name of each student at the end of Divine Liturgy on your parish’s live-stream video
  • Send care packages to each student with items for the summer
  • Have teachers hand-write personal cards for each of their students
  • Mail gifts and Sunday Church School certificates to each student
  • Send care packages complete with items to help them grow in their faith over the summer
  • Keep in touch virtually by having group zoom calls once a month during the summer
  • Have virtual game nights to help everyone stay connected
  • Start a virtual countdown for the start of Sunday Church school and GOYA in the fall

Honoring graduates:

Things you can do to honor your parish graduates:

  • Yard signs
  • Distance parking lot parades for the grads
  • Grads can wear caps and gowns and participate in a virtual Sunday Church school graduation open to the whole parish
  • Create an “adopt a grad” program and have godparents or parishioners sign-up to send or drop off grad care packages
  • Deliver care packages with gifts for the grads to take with them to their next destination (e.g., Bibles, Holy Week books, prayer books)
  • Create a video and photo montage to be “viewed” together as a parish
  • Can be played at the end of a live-streamed service
  • Can be viewed together as a Facebook “viewing party” on the parish page
  • Using the parish’s social media accounts, create posts highlighting each graduate

Read the DRE’s blog post “That's a Wrap! Celebrating the Sunday Church School Year” by Angeliki Constantine

Vacation Church School:

Summer reading list:

Meet the saints, revisit the roots of our faith, or shore up your spiritual life during these quieter months, in small groups or individually



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