St. Stephen’s Sunday School

Welcome to St. Stephen’s Sunday School!

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A Message from our Sunday School Principal Nayiri Baljian Bell

Dear Sunday School Families,

I wanted to take a moment to compliment your choice to bring your child to Sunday School on a regular basis. This article describes the impact of a religious upbringing later on in life – kids who have a religious upbringing lead happier and healthier lives in their 20s and beyond and they are…

  • 47% more likely to have a strong sense of purpose in life
  • 18% more likely to report high levels of happiness
  • 12% less likely to suffer from depression
  • 33% less likely to use illegal drugs
  • 38% more likely to volunteer for community service
  • 87% more likely to have high levels of forgiveness
We look forward to seeing you for opening day on Sunday, September 15. The schedule for the day is as follows:
10:00-10:45 – Registration and opening ceremonies – parents welcome to stay
10:45-11:30 – Students in class / parents help set up for picnic
11:30-12:00 – Blessing of the Basil (Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
12:00-1:00 – Welcome Back Picnic! (We kindly ask families to bring a dessert to share for the picnic)
Attached are the 2019 registration form and annual calendar with key events highlighted.
See you in two weeks!
With hope,

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

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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.SSC logo_0

Mission          Curriculum          Intern Program          Service Activities

Mission

To engage the heads, hands, and hearts of our students in faith-based learning, community service and Orthodox worship.

Basic Facts

  • 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:

  1. “Who am I?” – assessing my personality type & understanding God’s unconditional love for me
  2. Gospel of Mark deep-dive – understanding the message of Jesus from the perspective of the Disciples
  3. 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
  4. 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

Intern Program

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.

Service Activities

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