Working in conjunction with the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the Department of Christian Education constructs mini units of study based upon timely pertinent subjects, conducive to parish-wide involvement and national interest. General Mini units include yearly themes provided by the Holy Synod of Bishops as well as mission, seminary, and charity appeals. These age leveled units can run from several weeks to a year's worth of short, ongoing lessons, depending upon need and teacher discretion.
It is important that our children know that everyone at the church, young children, teens and even parents are always learning more about the church and about God. All-Parish Education Sessions offer more presentation than hands on crafts and traditional teaching.
Champions of Faith, two Christian education sessions written on the Orthodox Church in America's Youth theme. These lessons are intended as a supplement to your regular church school curriculum. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America encourages their use. The theme is intended to be a unifying principle for the youth in the church. This theme is particularly important during the school age years when young people seek models, mentors, heroes and champions.
The 2006 OCAY theme was titled Our Church and the Future. The lessons contained in this Mini Unit are intended as supplements to regular Church School sessions, and may be used at any time that is convenient for your particular parish situation and schedule.
An All-Parish Education Session centered on the theme Evangelism. Sample Timeline, Discussion Questions and Example Groupings used for this activity are included.
Let Your Light So Shine, The OCAY Theme for 2004, is intended to be a unifying principle for the youth of the OCA. These lessons are intended to supplement your regular church school curriculum.