Sunday School Marathoners
On Sunday afternoon, October 24th, the Sunday School Students met at Rahway Park for the 3 annual running of the St. John's Combined Marathon. Students ran the 1 mile course continually until a combined total of 26 miles was reached. The event is a Fall Fundraiser for the Sunday School Program with parishioners sponsoring the runners. This year's 1,2 & 3 place runners earned an extra donation for their School and a few dollars in prize money which was quickly spent on Slurpee's. This years first runners to cross the line were Matthew Fetchina, Anna Lee and Christina Scizak.
Sunday School 2010 -2011 Begins
The first Sunday School Class was September 12 and covered the topic of "Priestly Ordination". The School Year will officially begin on September 26 with the blessing of the School Year. This year, 41 students are enrolled!
CHURCH SCHOOL HISTORY
By the 1940’s Saint John’s had established a parish church school for the education of the faithful. The School originally offered two programs. A Sunday School was established to teach the Traditions and Theology of the Orthodox Faith and a Russian School to teach the language and customs of our people.
St. John's Sunday School Group Photo on the steps of the old Church, 1962.
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By the 1960’s the Russian School ceased due to low enrollment but the Sunday School program continued for many years. Currently the Sunday School Program has an enrollment of approximately 30 youths and 15 adults. The Program consists of 3 to 4 classes for the children, established each year according to the grade levels needed and an adult class that meets for a 3-5 week educational series several times in the course of a year. Both the Adult and Children Programs are offered on Sunday mornings at the conclusion of the Liturgy.
In addition to the Educational Program, the Sunday School sponsors “Summer Camp” at Camp Nazareth in Mercer PA. Each student who is enrolled in the Sunday School Program and is an active participant in the life of the Church is eligible to attend Summer Camp. The Sunday School program has been able, through generous donations, to arrange for a week of camping and Charter Bus transportation for its students. The Program also sponsors a reading Program for adults during the Lenten Periods before the Nativity and Pascha. Recent books offered have been The Way of A Pilgrim and The Salt of the Earth, both classics of Orthodox spirituality.