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Dallas St. Thomas Orthodox Church 2016 Dallas Regional Sunday School Competition - Pictures 

 

Dallas St. Thomas Orthodox Church wins the 2014 Dallas Regional Sunday School Competition Grand Ever Rolling Trophy & the Top Performer(MVP) Trophy

 

2014 - Sunday School Competition Regional Winners  

The American Diocesan Sunday School is the primary educational ministry for children from kindergarten through high school. The aim of the Sunday School is for the catechesis of young people in preparation for a fulfilling adult life in the Church. Towards this end, the children are instructed on a Sunday to Sunday basis in the life and teachings of the Orthodox Church. In addition, the Sunday School administration runs annual Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS) programs on the local level.

While the syllabus and materials of the Sunday School is centralized for the Diocese, local inspectors have been appointed for the distribution of Diocesan materials as well as for the assurance of quality Christian education.

OVBS


Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS) is a religious educational program under the Sunday School Association of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. 
The theme and general guidelines established by the Central Office in Kottayam, Kerala, India are followed. The program is structured to encourage children to worship, learn, and grow in their spiritual lives. Children enjoy OVBS, learn many valuable lessons, and look forward to the following year’s OVBS.

A major focus in the American Diocese is on Christian education using exciting and innovative approaches that make the sessions both fun and educational. Due to language and cultural differences, the American Diocese produces its own textbooks, song CD, and arts/crafts guide. Children who attend OVBS receive a certificate with the signature of the Diocesan Metropolitans.