Sunday schools which offer religious instruction for children on Sundays has got its historical foundations over early century Christian Education. In the past twenty centuries, Christian Church has served as the primary means of education of the civilizations. The New Testament Gospels witness to the teaching ministry of Jesus, by placing Him as a Guru or teacher. Sunday School is the best-known institution of Christian Education.
Although the Christian Church established catechetical schools from early centuries, the Sunday school traces its roots back only in the eighteenth century. Robert Raikes of England had pioneered Sunday school development as an effective tool for battling vice and moral degeneration of the children who were exploited by the Industrial Revolution.
Pulikkottil Mar Dianasius II, who was a close associate of St. Gregorios of Parumala and the master-mind for the Parumala Seminary, Parumala Church, Kottayam M.D. Seminary etc. was the originator of many of the spiritual organizations of the Malankara Orthodox Church, like Youth movement, Malankara Sunday School Association etc. The centrally organized Sunday School Samajam started functioning in 1931 with the appointment of Puthencavu Geevarghese Mar Philexinos Mtropolitan as its President and Fr. K.David as the General Secretary.
The contemporary form of "Orthodox Sunday School Association of the East" (OSSAE) was commenced on October 15, 1964. Now the OSSAE is wide spread in all diocese of the Church including outside Kerala and overseas. The curriculum includes the study of Values of Christian life, the contents of the Bible, the Church history, sacraments and prayers. The Current President of Sunday School Association is H.G. Mathews Mar Epiphanios and Director General Rev. Fr. T. J. Joshua.
1.1. OUR PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL:
There is a well organized Sunday school in our Parish level for nurturing our children in the faith of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior and in the faith and traditions of Orthodox Church. Our Area Sunday School Inspector is Mr. Mathew Samuel and Mr. Paul J. Maret is serving as the headmaster and Mrs. Mercy Varkey as the assistant headmistress. Our Parish Sunday School takes the form of one hour Bible and prescribed text study before our Church Sunday service. Teachers are mostly well experienced volunteered lay people.
PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS
PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS
1.2. ORTHODOX VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL [OVBS]:
Under the auspices of the Sunday School Association, the Orthodox Vacation Bible School was started (OVBS) in the Church in 1960. Our parish in association with other Orthodox parishes in the Philadelphia and suburban areas conduct joint VBS every year.
1.3. VICTORY STAND:
2009 Talent Show and Competions were held on October 24th in New York.
TALENT COMPETITION 2009 WINNERS
TALENT COMPETITION 2008
First Prize Winners in American Sunday School Talent Compepetition 2008:
Divya Ninan (Story Telling)
Shawn Mathews (song)
Rhea Thomas (Story Telling)
Kevin Varghese (song)
TALENT COMPETITION 2008 WINNERS
OUTSTNDING PERFORMANCE OF OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS:
By the grace of God, the St. Gregorios Bible Quiz Team, Mathew Kuruvilla, Nina Chacko and Josh Maret won the Philadelphia Area Talent Bible Quiz Competition. They were awarded a Rolling Trophy in memory of Rev. Fr. Philipose Poovathoor. Our children will represent our area in New York during the Northeast American Diocese talent competition.
QUIZ COMPETITION WINNERS
SUNDAY SCHOOL TALENT COMPETITION 2010:
Coordinator of 2010 talent competitions : Ms. Sherin Philip Kurian and Mr. Manoj J Chacko
Competition Date : September 12th
Co-ordinator: Ajay Peter,
Bible: Revised Standard Version (RSV);
Books: Leviticus, 1 Samuel and St. Mathew (These are links to the actual book)
Please prepare at least 40 questions (the more the number of questions, the better) from the gospel of St. Matthew Chapters 1-14 (including chapter 14) should be prepared by students for March 21 sunday. We plan to meet for half hour for quiz, after 'kaimutthu'. Click here for the link to the particular chapters in the bible
Click here for more information (About the Talent competition and Quiz competition)