Sunday School

The Assumption Sunday Church School program welcomes children as young as two in our Little Lambs (parent & tot) class and offers classes from Pre-K through High School.  The child's Sunday Church School grade should correspond with their day school grade.   To register for Pre-K, your child must have celebrated his/her third birthday on or before September 1st of the school year.

Please click on the following link for this week's Orthodox Faith for Teens.  The message is offered by Fr. Peter Andronache of St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Dear Sunday Church School Families,

Now that class is back in session for the new year, I would like to pass along some information about the 2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. The Oratorical is an annual event that encourages 4th-12th grade SCS students to engage with their faith by writing essays, speeches, or poetry based on topics that the Archdiocese provides. However, creating icons, videos, or other media is also a great way to get involved if a student prefers. A document with this year's topics and resources is attached. More information can be found here:
Our festival will be held March 18th, so now is the time to start thinking about topics. Students in 7th-12th grade who choose to write an essay, speech, or poem have the chance to compete at the Metropolis festival in April, and can even win scholarship money if they advance to the Archdiocese level. The Oratorical is an excellent opportunity for SCS students to show what they have learned about the Orthodox Faith.
If you have any questions about submissions, please feel free to reach out to me in church, or email me at
Maki Gilroy
2018 Oratorical Chairperson
11th/12th Grade SCS Teacher

“Train up a child in the way he shall go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Assumption Sunday Church School
Mission Statement

The purpose of Orthodox Christian Education is to help build up the Church, the Body of Christ, by nurturing every person in the life of personal communion with the Holy Trinity (theosis), and thus, through this ministry, to bear joyful witness to God's loving and redeeming work in the world.

The Orthodox Christian Education aims at the communication of the content of Christian truth in the context of concrete Christian living: believing, praying, worshipping, learning, applying, growing, sharing, serving and witnessing.

We accomplish these goals by providing age appropriate curriculum and faithful and enthusiastic individuals to teach our students.

Therefore, the mission of our Sunday Church School program is based on an approach which prepares the students with the principles of the Orthodox Faith, encouraging them to grow in God’s service. Our program builds a solid foundation for the children of our community through exemplary lessons in the teaching and the Worship Practices of the Greek Orthodox Christian Faith, using the fundamental tools of:
participating in community worship and private prayer
sharing in the total life of the church
learning how to follow Jesus Christ and His Gospel Message
serving the needs of others in and around the community
fulfilling Christ’s mission in the world

Through these intertwined tools we hope each child has received not only the communication of Christian truth called Orthodoxia, but also a formation of Christian Character by living a lifestyle representative of our Christian Faith called Orthopraxia

Our 2017-2018 Team (see pictures below)

Very Reverend Fr. Timothy Bakakos
Spiritual Guidance

Christina Arvanites
Sunday Church School Director

Little Lambs:   David Diehl
  Pre-School /  
Christine Panos, Teacher
Nina Diehl, Assistant
Danielle Gonzini, Assistant
1st Grade:   Lynn Voulgarakis, Teacher
Alayna Vlagos, Assistant
  2nd Grade:   Christina Gilroy, Teacher
Elena (Maricela) Aguirre, Assistant
3rd Grade:   Demetra Spyropoulos, Teacher
Katherine Kouvelis, Assistant
  4th Grade:   Jeanne Jurasek, Teacher
Tina Kozil, Assistant
5th Grade:   Desiree Becker, Teacher
Dena Koulouris, Assistant
  6th Grade:   Athanasia Carlson, Teacher
Presvytera Danielle Burikas, Assistant
7th/8th Grades:   Tina Sarantos, Teacher
Dean Sarantos, Assistant
  9th/10th Grades:    Chris Chulos, Teacher
11th/12th Grades:    Gerasimos Gilroy, Teacher
  Substitute Teachers:   Anna Woods
Mary Ellen Woods

Schedule of Classes

Each Sunday begins with worship by participating in the Divine Liturgy, followed by religious education. The Divine Liturgy begins at Children are encouraged to sit in their assigned class pews.

Classes are in session from September 11, 2016 to May 21, 2017.  There will be no Sunday Church School on the following dates:
    December 24, 2017
    December 31, 2017
    April 8, 2018

The Sunday Church School will recognize its students who have achieved Perfect Attendance at the Awards Day.  The only excused absences that are allowed will be when attending another parish. We kindly request children bring a Sunday bulletin from the parish they visited.

For more information, please email

Thank you!

Sunday School Registration Forms

The Sunday School registration Form for the 2017/2018 program year is available online to complete for your convenience.

Also, please take a moment to fill out the Parent Volunteer Program Sign-Up (Also available in either MSWord format or AdobePDF format)

2017 Christmas Pageant sign up form

Please fill out the forms and return them to the Church office at your earliest opportunity. Completed forms can also be emailed to

2016-17 Sunday Church School Classes

Little Lambs
  Pre School & Kindergarten
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th - 8th Grades
9th - 10th Grades
11th - 12th Grades