Fall and Spring Packets
Spring 2013
  • Spring 2013 Newsletter (4 pages) (PDF)

    • “Stages of Faith and Family and Application” by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission
    • A Lesson Plan Outline – with our without a textbook
    • Resources for Great Lent
    • Adapting the “Pascha Egg” project for a better “Easter Egg Hunt.” 
    • A Description of Jesus
    • Lazarus Race
    • Pascha Projects for Wee Folk
    • Journey with Jesus – 6 sites Jesus traveled between the Last Supper & the Crucifixion
    • Jesus Travels to Jerusalem – Who traveled with Jesus while He was with us?
    • Lenten Word Search

  • Learning Objectives for Preschool & Kindergarten (PDF)
Fall 2012
  • Fall 2012 Newsletter (4 pages) (PDF)
    • Welcome Back! Reflection on 20 years as DRE.
    • Editorial: When Should Church School Classes Begin?
  • Message from the Archdiocese Director (2 pages) (PDF)
  • Holy Bread (Prosforo) and Sunday School − A Snack Time Idea (1 page) (PDF)
  • Orthodox Institute, Nov 1-4, Antiochian Village (1 page) (PDF)
  • 2012-2013 Online Resources for Orthodox Catechists (2 pages) (PDF) (WORD)
  • The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed: the Profession of Faith as Found in Holy Scripture (1 page) (PDF)
  • DRE Resources - Religious Education Basics & Planning webpage (1 ) (PDF) (WORD)
  • Four Keys to Great Teaching by Joyce Riffe (2 pages) (PDF)
  • Special Links from the Antiochian Archdiocese Dept of Religious Ed (3) (PDF) (WORD)
  • Dealing with Low Church School Attendance by Phyllis Meshel Onest (6 pages) (PDF)
  • Greek Archdiocese Curriculum 2012 (4 pages) (PDF)
  • An Advent Bulletin Board (21 pages) (PDF)
Spring 2012
  • Spring 2012 Newsletter (3 pages) (PDF) (RTF)
  • Lent, Holy Week & Pascha Resources at www.phyllisonest.com - handout (PDF) (RTF)
  • Pascha vs. Easter, Eggs, Bunnies & Baskets article 2012 edition - handout (PDF)
  • Lenten Calendar 2012 - handout (PDF) (EXCEL)
  • A Special Pascha Tree: The Triodion Sundays - bulletin board handout (PDF)
  • Fact-Finding Lesson on the Myrrbearers - handout (PDF)
  • 10 Q & A about the Myrrbearers from an Orthodox online source - handout (PDF)
Fall 2011
  • Fall 2011 Newsletter, Vol. XVIII, No. 1 (PDF)
  • A Message from the Archdiocese Director:
    "Get Parents Involved!" (PDF)
  • Welcome to the Religious
    Education Commission (PDF)
  • Department of Religious
    Education Resources (PDF)
  • 55 Maxims For Christian
    Living by Fr Thomas Hopko (PDF)
  • IOCC Emergency Health and School Kits (PDF)
  • "Christmas is Coming!"
    by Dr. Aton Vrame (PDF)
  • Church School Teacher's Notebook (PDF)
  • Holy Land Posters & Order Form (PDF)
  • 2011-2012 Yellow Pages (PDF)(DOC) (RTF)
  • Learning Objectives: Grades 1-5 Textbooks Keep 1 Set Teacher's Reference (PDF)
  • Learning Objectives: Middle/Jr & Sr High Textbooks Teacher's Reference Set (PDF)
Spring 2011
  • 2011 Spring Newsletter,
    Vol. XVII, No. 2 (PDF)
  • OCEC's Teacher Training & Certification Program (PDF)
  • Reader Theatre — "Let us Attend" Sunday's Gospel for Children (Acting out the Gospel) Go to http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation & click onto "Let Us Attend!"
  • Pascha Card 2011 (PDF)
  • Recommended Curriculum for Grades 6–12 — Greek Archdiocese (PDF)
  • Journey to Pascha: Lenten Board Game (PDF)
  • Fishers of Men Lenten Activity (PDF)
  • Annunciation Retreat/Project (PDF)
Fall 2010
  • Fall 2010 XVII, No. 1 (PDF)(RTF)
  • Planning Calendar (PDF)(DOC)
    Jullian (PDF) (DOC)
  • A Message from the Archdiocese Director (PDF)
  • Online Resources 2010 (PDF)
  • Greek Archdiocese Curriculum & Other Approved Orthodox Teaching Materials 2010 (PDF)
  • When Metropolitan Maximos Visits (PDF)
  • Office of Religious Education 3-13-10 UPDATE (PDF)
  • Office of Religious Education 11-20-09 UPDATE (PDF)
Spring 2010
  • Spring 2010 XVI, No. 2 (PDF)
  • Holy Friday Retreat Guide National Forum Musicians (PDF)
  • "Holy Week Message" by Dr. Tony Vrame (PDF)
  • Matins Gospel Classroom Activity (PDF)
  • "Teachers are the Key - So Recruit!" (PDF)
  • Office of Religious Education 10-10-09 UPDATE (PDF)
Fall 2009
  • Fall 2009 XVI, No. 1 (PDF)
  • Youth Websites & Podcasts (PDF)
  • GOA Curriculum & Approved Texts (PDF)
  • "All Who Love Saint Nicholas" (PDF)
  • Teacher Evaluation (PDF)
Spring 2009
  • Spring 2009 Religious Education Newsletter XV, No. 2 (PDF)
  • Online Resources (PDF)
  • A Resurrection Play (St. George GOC-Massillon, OH) (PDF)
  • Resources for Lent, Holy Week & Pascha (PDF)
  • Pascha Symbols Game - cards & text
    - Spring ‘ 09 (PDF)
  • Memory Verses for Pascha Symbols (PDF)
  • Journey through Holy Week - Matching (PDF)
  • Healing Saints in the Unction Service (PDF)
  • Bible in 50 Words - Bookmark - Spring 2009 (PDF)
  • Resources for the Creed - Spring 2009 (PDF)
Fall 2008
  • Fall 2008 Religious Education Newsletter XV, No. 1 (PDF)
Fall 2007
  • Fall 2007 Newsletter Vol XIV, No 1 (PDF) (RTF)
  • "Answer the Question – Who Are You Orthodox?" Lesson Plan. Based on a homily by Fr. Radu Bordeianu (PDF)
  • Christmas Carols from Romania "O, A Miracle of Wonder " (PDF) "Christ, the Child, Was Born Today " (PDF)
  • "The Christmas Pageant " – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Massillon, OH (PDF) (DOC)
  • "Learning Capabilities in Religious Education " (PDF)
  • Little Falcons Children's Magazine – 2007 Order Form (PDF)
  • "Teaching Diverse Students " (PDF)
Godparent Sunday
  • "Honoring the Role of Godparent in Your Parish with a Godparent Sunday Celebration" by Presbytera Eleni Kallaur (PDF)
  • "A Prayer for Godparents " (PDF)
  • "Reconfirming Baptismal Vows by Godparents and Godchildren" – A Prayer Service to use on Godparent's Sunday Choose between two page one's . (PDF)
Spring 2007
  • Spring 2007 Newsletter, Vol XIII, NO 2, 3rd edition (PDF) (RTF)
  • "Are You a Self-Confident Teacher?" (PDF)
  • "Helping Our Children Accept Themselves as Worthy Persons " (PDF)
  • "Icons & Hymns of Holy Week" - March 2008 (PDF)
  • "Preparing Our Children for Holy Week Services & Pascha" - March 2008 (PDF)
  • "A Young Person's Guide to the Lenten & Holy Week Services " - March 2008 (PDF)
Fall 2006
  • Fall 2006 Newsletter, Vol XIII, No 1 (PDF) (RTF)
  • "2006 Yellow Pages for Religious Education " coming soon!
  • IDEAS – INSIGHTS – INSPIRATION (PDF)
  • Lesson Plan without a Textbook (PDF) (RTF)
  • "Why Use Pictures?" (PDF)
  • 2006-2007 Church School Planning Calendar (PDF) (RTF)
  • 2006-2007 Church School Planning Calendar - Julian (PDF) (RTF)
Spring 2006
  • Spring 2006 Newsletter, Vol XII, No 2(DOC) (PDF)
  • Balloon Review (PDF)
  • Double Duty Bookshelves (PDF)
  • Holy Week & Pascha Recall (PDF)
  • How Can We Make the Resurrection Real for Preschoolers? (PDF)
  • Memory Team Work (PDF)
  • "New Martyr Soldier Evgeny" (PDF)
  • Our Lenten Journey Begins - Lenten activity (PDF)
  • A "Pascha Egg Collecting" Basket - Lenten activity(PDF)
  • Prayer Prompts: A Way to Establish Prayer Patterns (PDF)
  • Ribbon Bookmarks - Craft (PDF)
  • Student Spotlight (PDF)
  • "Working with Adolescents" by Carole Stoica (PDF)
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Fall 2005
  • 2005 Fall Newsletter(DOC) (PDF)
  • 2005-2006 Yellow Pages for Religious Education (DOC) (PDF)
  • 2005-2006 Church School Planning Calendar (DOC)
  • 2005-2006 Church School Planning Calendar - Julian (DOC)
  • Little Falcons Magazine Order Form
  • Conducting a Successful Oratorical Festival Article by Presbytera Margaret Orfanakos - (PDF)
  • Our Hymnology Program Article by Dr. Vicki Pappas- (PDF)
  • Hymnology Materials for Youth Order Form (PDF)
  • Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Information Sheet - (PDF)
  • What Can I Give Jesus? Advent Activity - (PDF)
Spring 2005
  • The Spring 2001 Religious Education Newsletter ( PDF)
  • Orthodoxy Sunday Procession Flyer (PDF) (DOC)
  • Pascha Card for Orthodox Prison Ministry (PDF)
  • Great Lent by Fr. George Shalhoub (PDF)
  • Lesson Plan (PDF)
  • Lenten Treasure Chest & Coins (Grades 2-6) - Lenten Home Activity(PDF)
  • A Lenten Bouquet Family Activity - PreSchool–1st grade (PDF)
  • Quotes to Remember - A Holy Week Bible Study (PDF)
  • Five Tips for Making Scripture Come Alive for Teens by Valerie Zahirsky (PDF)
  • Teachers' Corner:
    a. Create "Cutting-Edge" Lessons...with Scissors
    b. Teaching is an Offering
    c. Buddy, Can You Spare the Time? (dowload all three PDF)
Fall 2004
  • 2004-2005 Yellow Pages for Religious Education (DOC) (PDF)
  • 2004 Fall Newsletter (PDF)
  • A Family Advent Calendar on a Chain (PDF)
  • Advent Alphabet for Orthodox Families (PDF)
  • Christmas Card 2002 (PDF)
  • Christmas Card 2003 (PDF)
  • Holy Apostles (PDF)
  • Nativity Fast for Parents & Children (PDF)
  • Orthodox Institute Course Offerings (PDF)
  • Orthodox Institute Course Schedule
    (PDF)
Spring 2004

  • Spring 2004 Newsletter (PDF)
  • Planning for Lent ( PDF)
  • Reviewing Lessons w Preschoolers (PDF)
  • Three Hierarachs leaflet ( PDF)
  • Shamrock Bag Lenten Activity (PDF)
  • Pascha Egg Hunt w Message ( PDF)
  • Feast Day Game Options ( PDF)
  • Feast Day Game Cards ( PDF)
  • NOW is the Time! ( PDF)
  • Can You Tell I'm a Christian ( PDF)
  • Ethical Decision Making ( PDF)
Fall 2003
  • The Fall 2003 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. X, No. 1 part one (PDF)
  • 2003-2004 Yellow Pages for Religious Education (PDF)
  • 2003-2004 Church school Planning Calender (DOC)
  • Julian church school Planning Calender (DOC)
  • How many Crafts and Why? ( PDF)
  • Church School Reference File (PDF)
  • Need Additional Bulletin Board Space? (PDF)
  • Postal Service - An underused Religious Education Tool (PDF)
  • Ideas for Promoting the Church School (PDF)
  • Ideas for Recruiting Staff (PDF)
  • Songs for Younger Students (PDF)
  • Scripture Readings for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord (PDF)
  • Christmas Lenten Handouts (PDF)
Spring 2003
  • The Spring 2003 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. X, No. 1 (PDF)
  • GUIDELINES FOR HOSTING A WORKSHOP/CONFERENCEwith Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., DRE for the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh (PDF) (HTML)
  • SS Peter & Paul Leaflet (PDF) (HTML)
Fall 2002
  • The Fall 2002 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. X, No. 1 (PDF)
  • Oratorical Festival - a letter from Irene Cassis, DRE Diocese of Denver (PDF)
Spring 2002
  • The Spring 2002 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. VIII, No. 2. Includes corrections and updates of the 2001-2002 Yellow Pages for Religious Education. (PDF) (HTML)
  • Lenten Resource List (PDF)
  • "Mining the Internet" by Fr. John Touloumes (PDF)
  • Job Description for a Church School Director [revised] (PDF)
  • Guidelines for Hosting a Workshop/Conference with Phyllis Meshel Onest-Revised (PDF) (HTML)
  • 50 Affirmation Ideas from the Grocery Store (PDF)
Fall 2001
  • The Fall 2001 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. VIII, No.1 (PDF)
Spring 2001
  • The Spring 2001 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol VII, No. 2 (PDF) 7th -12th Goals & Objectives (PDF)
  • Lesson Template for High School Class (PDF)
  • A sample of Orthodox Lessons Online
  • Resources for Sexual Abstinence: Marriage & Sexual Education (PDF) "The Sacrament of Penance & the Younger Child" by Dr. Constance Tarasar (PDF)
Fall 2000
  • The Fall 2000 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. VII, No. 1 (PDF)
  • Celebrating the Major Freast Days at Home (PDF) Directions to make a booklet.
  • Orthodox Perspectives: The New AgeMovement (Link to the Southwest Institute of Orthodox Studies website.)
  • Suggested Books for Adult Education Study Groups (For the latest update go to the current YELLOW PAGES.)
Spring 2000
  • The Spring 2000 Religious Education Newsletter Vol. VI, No. 2 (PDF)
  • Are You On Track? (PDF)
  • Recruiting Church Schools Teachers (PDF)
  • High School Curriculum - [1] The Incarnate God (PDF) & [2] The Way of the Pilgrim (PDF)
  • Hymn to Liberty/The Greek National Anthem (Greek, English, Phonentics) (PDF)
  • "Our Journey to Pascha" Lenten Board Game - Text/HTML - Text/(PDF) - Game Board (PDF)
  • A Crib for Pregnancy Care guidelines for filling a baby crib for a pregnancy crisis center (PDF)
  • Pascha Lesson Cookie Recipe (PDF)
  • Bulletin Board Idea for Pascha/Easter (PDF)
  • "The Orthodox Idea of Creation" by the late Dr. John Boojamra (PDF)
Fall 1999
  • The Fall 1999 Religious Education Newsletter, Vol. VI, No. 1 (PDF)
  • Getting to Know You form (PDF)
  • Student Information Sheet (PDF)
  • Church School Volunteer Information form (PDF)
  • Church School Volunteers form - other adults (PDF)
  • Starting Point:"Getting Teens Thinking about Orthodox Marriage" (PDF)
  • IOCC Children's Lenten Project (PDF)
  • Preparing to Receive the Body & Blood of Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ booklet (PDF)
  • "Christians and Popular Culture" (PDF)
  • "Souper Bowl Sunday" - an activity to help IOCC & a local charity; checkk the IOCC website in the Fall
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