Religious Education at Home
Weekly Resources, Activities, Lessons, and Crafts
You are probably reading this from home, in response to being asked to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Schools are cancelled or are taking place on a remote platform, jobs have gone remote, and people are being asked to leave the house as rarely as possible. Your parish has also asked you to stay at home, attend services on-line. The Archdiocese has been working hard to develop ways for normal parish ministries to be brought into the home. Instead of just hitting “play” on a video to “teach” children, take this opportunity to dig into the teachings of the Church together so that they work on their Lenten journey as one. The weekly lessons have sections for various ages, but if you do not have time to work with each age group, try to at least utilize the “Family” section. You or your parish might want to organize small online groups with your church family to go beyond your “church in the home,” to a larger virtual experience of community too.
Religious Ed at Home: Summer Edition (Keep an eye on this page, more content will be added throughout the summer!)
Every Saturday we will be uploading a new page with educational ideas to achieve at home:
- May 24, 2020 - Sunday of the Blind Man
- May 17, 2020 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
- May 10, 2020 - Sunday of the Paralytic
- May 3, 2020 - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
- April 26, 2020 - Sunday of St. Thomas
- Holy Week - Lesson plans
- April 5, 2020 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
- March 29, 2020 - Sunday of St. John Climacus
- March 22, 2020 - Sunday of the Holy Cross
Holy Week and Pascha 2020: At-Home Resources
To assist the Orthodox faithful at home during this unprecedented time, the Archdiocesan Center for Family Care, Department of Religious Education, and Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) have collaborated to develop and share new resources to keep the faithful engaged during Holy Week and Pascha.
In partnership with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), Youth Equipped to Serve (YES), and other ministry leaders, the Departments have jointly prepared a Holy Week 2020 “landing page.” From there, you can access digital resources and opportunities from us and many others.
The landing page can be accessed at y2am.org/HolyWeek.
4 Tips for a Great Holy Week
The directors of the Center for Family Care, Department of Religious Education, and Y2AM collaborated on a short video to share four simple tips for young people and their families as we prepare for Holy Week. This video is also available at y2am.org/HolyWeek.
For more resources available from our department, explore this page and goarch.org/religioused.
For more from the Center for Family Care, please visit family.goarch.org.
For more from Y2AM, please visit y2am.org.
You can also find additional articles, videos and other resources related to Lent and Holy Week at www.goarch.org/lent.