Welcome to St. Stephen’s Sunday School!
News and Announcements
- 10:00 am -Students and parents meet their teachers in the church hall
- 10:20-10:40 am- Opening prayer and welcoming remarks
- 10:40-11:40 am – Classroom Time
- 11:40-12:15 pm – Attend Badarak/Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross service (parents, please join us! Students dismissed from church)*
- 12:15 onward – Annual Welcome Back Picnic (all Sunday school children and their families are welcome!)
A Message from our Sunday School Principal Nayiri Baljian Bell
Dear Sunday School Families,
We look forward to seeing you for opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM in the church hall.
Please plan to join us after church for our annual welcome-back picnic on the church grounds (or church hall in case of rain). Not only do the kids have a good time, the picnic is an important opportunity for us to reconnect as a community and to welcome the several new families who plan to start this year.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and growing.
The Sunday School Staff
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
The St. Stephen’s Sunday School is active throughout the school year providing school age children the opportunity to learn the beliefs and values of the Armenian Church.
With grades nursery to grade 12, the Sunday School teaches students a vast curriculum, engages them in community service, and encourages life-long service to the church
community. Our Sunday School students are offered a special “Children’s Sermon in Box” by Der Antranig Baljian at the last Sunday of each month and participate in “Church Chat.” They are a critical component of our Holy Week church services and annual church events including the Bazaar and Church Picnic. Our Sunday School is supported by a dedicated group of parents who organize events including the annual Christmas Party, Poon Paregentan luncheon, communion breakfasts, and numerous clothing and food drives to help those in the surrounding communities in need.
To engage the heads, hands, and hearts of our students in faith-based learning, community service and Orthodox worship.
- Grade levels: Age 3 – Grade 12
- Number of students enrolled: 125
- Number of teachers/staff: 14
- Meeting time: Sundays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Nursery-Grade 3 Curriculum
In grades N-3, we use the David C. Cook curriculum, which seeks to provide a solid Biblical/Christian ethical foundation for the children. It is a fantastic program through which children learn about key topics like loving others, sharing, and giving through Bible stories, crafts, and other engaging activities.
Grades 4-8 Curriculum
Our middle grades work with the “We Believe” curriculum. “We Believe” continues with the same Biblical/Christian ethical framework, but looks at topics through the lens of the Armenian Church. Students have the chance to learn about what it means to be a Christian in the context of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and also about our holy services, our saints, and our history. It is a very strong program and has been recently overhauled for a 21st-Century audience.
High School Curriculum
The High School works in thematic units throughout the year. Examples of past units include:
- “Who am I?” – assessing my personality type & understanding God’s unconditional love for me
- Gospel of Mark deep-dive – understanding the message of Jesus from the perspective of the Disciples
- The Case for a Creator (junior edition) – looking at the scientific evidence in support of Intelligent Design through the investigative writing of Christian author Lee Strobel
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – analyzing this classic book by C.S. Lewis, one of the great Christian authors of the 20th Century, to discover biblical and Christological themes
Our Sunday School program culminates in a 12th-grade intern year. Our interns choose their area of service, including helping in classrooms, singing in the choir, working with the Trustees, and doing special maintenance and administrative projects that are helping to strengthen our Sunday school and church. The interns are a key part of our Sunday School and the sense of service and commitment that the internship instills is important for cultivating future church leaders.
St. Stephen’s places a strong emphasis on community service throughout the year, running charitable drives almost year round and engaging the students in other ways as well:
- Weekly collection – students bring in a donation each week that is used to sponsor orphans in Armenia
- Winter coat drive – last year we collected 100 coats!
- Nursing home visit – the Sunday School travels by bus to sing Christmas carols
- Lenten food drive – last year we collected 126 full bags of groceries!
- Church clean up – Sunday School students and staff give back to the church by helping the Board of Trustees during their annual Church Clean Up Day