The Sunday School at Holy Apostles begins near the end of the Liturgy, just after Communion, so that our children are able to participate in almost all of the main service of the Church on Sunday morning. As with everything else in the Church, the Sunday School program is focused on bringing our young people closer to Christ. The children are taught scripture and Holy tradition through study, song, projects, and prayer.
Throughout the year, the children enjoy special projects. In Advent, for example, a spiritual Christmas play is prepared by the youth and presented after the Divine Liturgy for the whole congregation. Periodically, certain Saturdays are set aside as a kind of one day Church School for special learning and activities.
The children are also involved in outreach projects, such as visiting local retirement homes to sing, talk to the residents, and present cards and small gifts. The older children help with delivering food donations to local food pantries and serve alongside the adults in feeding the poor at soup kitchens. They also have put together gift baskets of needed items for an Orthodox home for orphans in Mexico, and other similar projects.
Our Sunday School consists of four classes: Pre-School taught by Mat. Momoko, Younger Sunday School taught by Simeret Taye, Middle Sunday School taught by Barbara Rettich, and Older Sunday School taught by Mary Idleman. During the liturgy, some of the boys serve as altar servers, and whoever can sing is welcome to join the choir.
After Divine Litury and Sunday School, the children join the rest of the parish for Coffee Hour, giving them opportunity to join in fellowship and play with their friends.
The children of Holy Apostles have a small library, an offshoot of the main Hall of Doors Library, which contains dozens of beautiful Orthodox Christian children’s books.