They are absolutely necessary and crucial in assisting parents raise their children in a safe, friendly and Christian environment. For children attending the Infants classes (νήπια), Sunday School teachers instil the basic Truths of our Orthodox Faith, teaching stories from the Bible and the lives of Saints.
This understanding of our Faith deepens as children attend the Primary classes (Κατώτερα Κατηχητικά). They learn about the Sacraments of our Church, living the Orthodox Faith through Fasting and Confession, and come to know the Fathers of the Church and our Holy Tradition.
In the High School classes (Μέσα Κατηχητικά), the youth are taught how to face the challenges of life, while strengthening their faith and bringing them closer to Christ and the Church.
Sunday School is the timeless voice of the Church, calling out to Her children to live the genuine and fulfilling life that Christ offers to all. Hence, it will always remain a sacred challenge to all those who work in it.
The way of life of the early Christians, as described in the Acts of the Apostles, can be summarised in the phrase: “they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
This way of life is the primary focus of all Sunday Schools in Sydney.
When we bring our children regularly to Sunday School, we provide them not only with the gift of knowledge that has lifelong value and significance, but more importantly, they begin a personal relationship with Christ that will guide them through the rest of their lives.