WELCOME TO SUTHERLAND PARISH SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .
WE HOPE YOU WILL ALSO VISIT US IN PERSON SOON (A
special invitation for you)
"And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you
Our Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings during the Divine Liturgy
with separate classes for the following age groups:
We meet at 9am on Sundays in the 2 buildings adjoining the Church.
The groups are well attended with up to 60 students and strongly
supported by the parents and parish as a whole. In the last 3 years
a Children's Choir has been established which chants during each
Liturgy Service. This is enjoyed by young and old alike.
ST STYLIANOS SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD (coming soon)
Each year we enjoy many activities, including:
Not a day passes without the many known and unique games
played by the different groups. Occasionally, some groups
combine for a "mega-game". Undoubtedly, such activities have
created a very welcoming environment for our children, who
are often seen playing together outside of Sunday School hours
Opportunities to discover
our Orthodox Faith
The end of the games leads-up to the weekly lesson. High
School lessons often take on a discussion format where questions
are welcomed. Examples used are "down-to-earth" ones from
daily life and young people are challenged to see things through
the eyes of the Church's Teachings and the inspiring lives
of the Saints. Similarly, the Primary and Infants Groups
have age-appropriate lessons - often interesting stories with
a moral underlying it. Their knowledge is consolidated by
activity sheets given- out on the day. Such opportunities
are scarce today.
These highly-sought after events are never forgotten. The
activities here are diverse - from ball games, a free BBQ
and the traditional races. These picnics are family events.
All too often, parents can be seen participating in games
Inter Parish Events
Opportunities also arise for meetings with other parishes
of our Archdiocese. In 2003, we had a kite-flying competition
with a local parish. Students of all ages designed their
own kites to be flown on the day. We hoped that the wind
would be strong enough on the day ... Indeed we had gale-forced
winds on the day... A day we will never forget!
Furthermore, all the Archdiocese Sunday Schools in Sydney
meet annually on the Monday October Long week-end for a picnic
at Centennial Park. These occasions remind us that there
are many other young people like us who go to Church.
End of Year Concerts
These events are not only treasured memories but great opportunities
for our students to turn teacher! Their plays, slideshows
and talks educate us all about the lives of saints, the value
of virtue and the need to always be a student at heart.
Other Public Performances
In 2001, the Primary Group of almost 30 students had the
blessing of performing its play "A Russian Christmas" at the
Annual Archdiocese Christmas Carols which was attended by
the Greek Orthodox Faithful of Sydney.
Children's Byzantine Choir
This unexpected blessing arose with God's help from 1 or
2 children standing with the chanters during the Liturgy.
Soon, they encouraged friends to join in and the domino effect
led to a whole class being taught Byzantine Chant . a good
habit they still practice 3 years later. Even those who do
not know how to chant will often join their classmates with
The parents of our students are our greatest support - from bringing
their children to classes weekly, to helping in picnics and concerts
- and we are very grateful to them all for their ongoing support.
A Special Invitation for you
The doors of our Sunday School are also open to all of you -
they will never close to anyone who seeks to find hope, fulfillment,
friendship and joy. As a school of our Holy Orthodox Church it
yearns to touch young hearts with the fire of God's great love and
to make them all feel at home in our one true home - The Church.
We hope that you too will answer this invitation to come to the
Church because it does not come from just anyone. it comes from
"Come to Me, all of you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest"
For further information please don't hesitate to contact Fr.