Sunday School


St. Mark Orthodox Church School Christ and Children “Nothing so furthers teaching as this: loving and being loved.” ~ St. John Chrysostom Teaching Staff  2015-2016 Eileen Waian-Ellis, Director Preschool: Eileen Waian-Ellis Kindergarten: Justine Bahbah 1st & 2nd: Kh. Donna Laffoon & Tammy Qutami 3rd & 4th : Vera Bahbah & Afifa Artoul  5th & 6th: Fatin Fakhouri  & Charlotte Khoury 7th & 8th: Mark Ellis 9th -12th : Jake Bahbah & Edna Deeb.


St. Mark Church School is making an annual pledge to… SAMP (Support A Mission Priest) This program of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center offers monthly financial assistance to indigenous priests in extremely poor areas around the world.  Through SAMP donations the priest is able to apply himself fully to the needs of the parish and hierarchs are able to ordain more clergy to meet the growing number of parishes in their diocese. This year our priest is Fr. Frumentius Elias Taubata who serves in South Africa . We are asking all the children for a minimum donation of twenty-five cents per week for this worthy cause. This program offers an opportunity for our children to: •    Help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church to people hungry for hope •    Connect with Orthodox brothers and sisters throughout the world. •    Develop a habit of Christian stewardship by their regular giving. “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 Discuss with your children the necessity and joy of giving their time, talent and resources to the work of the Lord.

St.  Mark Church School Calendar


September 1,


Orthodox Church New Year
September 8,  Nativity of the Theotokos
September 13,
September 14, Elevation of the Cross
September 20, Church School Registration
September 27, 1st Sunday of Church School
October 4, Annual Parish Meeting Church School
October 11, Church School
October 18, Church School
October 25, Church School
November 1, Church School
November 8, St. Nicholas Gifts / FOCUS Collection Begins Church School
November 15, Nativity Fast Begins
November 16, Christmas Program Rehearsal Church School
November 21, Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos
November 22, Christmas Program Rehearsal Church School
November 26, Thanksgiving
November 29, Christmas Program Rehearsal Church School
December 6, St. Nicholas Day, Rehearsal, FOCUS Church School
December 13, Rehearsal, Caroling at Senior Residence Church School
December 20, Christmas Program Rehearsal No Church School
December 25, The Nativity of Our Lord
December 27, Church School Christmas Program
January 3, Church School
January 6, Theophany
January 10, Church School
January 17, Church School
January 24, Church School
January 31, God Parent Sunday Church School
February 2, Presentation of Our Lord
February 7, Church School
February 14, Church School
February 21, Publican & Pharisee Sunday Church School
February 28  Church School
March 1, Church School
March 6, Meatfare Church School
March 13,



Cheesefare, ..SAMP

March 14, Great Lent Begins

Church School
March 14, Great Lent Begins Church School
March 20, Orthodoxy Sunday, Procession Church School
March 25, The Annunciation of the Theotokos
March 27, Church School
April 3, Sunday of the Cross, Procession No Church School
April 10, Great & Holy Pascha No Church School
April 17, Church School
April 24,


Palm Sunday No Church School


April 25, The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark Church School
May 1, GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA No Church School
May 8, Mother’s Day Church School
May 15, Church School
May 22,  Church School
May 29, Church School
June 5, Last Day of Church School Church School
June 9, Ascension of Our Lord
June 12, Awards & Presentations
June 19, Holy Pentecost  FATHER’S DAY

HOLY COMMUNION We are encouraging all of the Church School students to receive frequent Communion. Therefore, it will be necessary to prepare the children appropriately. As our children reach an appropriate age (usually 7yrs) parents need to help them begin to abstain from eating or drinking before coming to church. Also, encourage them to follow the rules of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. This is the ancient practice of the Orthodox faith. ATTENDANCE Regular Church School attendance is important because of the few opportunities our children have for catechetical instruction. Excessive absences and tardiness are not in the students’ best interest. Parents, please cooperate so that our efforts will not be in vain. Also, parents whose children attend Catholic, Protestant, or non-denominational schools need to be ever-vigilant of the religious curriculum that their children are exposed to. It is important that they receive catechetical instruction in our Church School so that they can learn to discern the theological differences between Orthodoxy and other Christian faiths. DISCIPLINE The primary task of Religious Education is to teach interested students the basic tenets of their Orthodox faith, to instill in them the Christian way of life, and to effectuate spiritual growth in them. Appropriate student attitude and behavior is expected and will be enforced. Disruptive and disrespectful behaviors will not be tolerated because of the negative effect that they have on the educative process. It is imperative that parents, students, and teachers work together to ensure a successful program. DRESS CODE Students are encouraged to make appropriate choices regarding their dress when attending church. Tube tops, spaghetti straps, bare mid-riff, mini skirts and other revealing garments are inappropriate and should be avoided. Pants should be worn at waist level, sagging or over-sized are not appropriate. Undergarments should not be visible. With the emphasis on these fashion trends today, parents need to educate their children on the importance of proper church attire and modesty.

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America