Church School is a very integral part of the Religious Education Program. Classes are held after Holy Communion and families are encouraged to Worship together. The children go to their classes for approximately 45 minutes of instruction (catechesis). We offer lessons from pre-school to High-School. Assisted by a Parent Ministry Team, the program includes an autumn fellowship event, Christmas Appeal (St. Basil’s Academy), Godparent Sunday, Lenten Potluck (Missions), and Easter Basket Project in conjuction with Philoptochos (Children’s Hospital).
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:
Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
Senior Division for student in grades 10–12
The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.