I would like to address a couple of topics in Fr. Michael’s report at the Spring General Assembly:
1- Sunday School attendance. Quote: “I feel that our children are now attending our Sunday school not just to play basketball and dance but they are thirsting to learn about our Lord and His Holy Orthodox Church.” If this is the reason why do we still have the attendance point system in effect?
I hear from our children that they need to attend Sunday school to acquire points to be able to play basketball or dance. Let’s eliminate the point system and evaluate the attendance.
2- Greek school attendance struggles. Quote: “Why don’t we send our children to learn and better understand the Greek language and heritage?
Other than the public schools, our children gather the most at church or church functions. Why aren’t we introducing them to more Greek to whet their appetite? In Sunday school we can teach The Lord's Prayer in Greek, The Creed in Greek, responses such as “Kyrie Eleison”, “Sy Kyrie”, etc. Make them aware and proud of their great heritage and meaning to be of Greek origin.
- Jim Kastanis
Friday, May 23, 2008