Our Sunday School was open on Sunday, September 13, 2009. Children attended Divine Liturgy and a prayer for the beginning of the school year at 10:00 a.m. After the church service all children and teachers were photographed for the 100-year Anniversary of St. Sava Church year book, to be published next year. Sunday School registration followed at the School rooms of St. Sava Hall. Lunch was served at 12:30 p.m. We hosted a special guest, Minister for Diaspora, Mr. Srdjan Sreckovic. He welcomed everybody at lunch time, at St. Sava Church Hall.
St. Sava Sunday School Program offers classes in Orthodox faith, music, Serbian language, history and culture and folk dancing instructions. Children are accepted from 3 to 18 years of age.
A recent survey through interviews with young people revealed many teens being disconnected from their religious identity and inheritance. Their most frequent answer about religion was: “If you want to be religious that’s okay, and if you don’t want to be religious that’s okay too…whatever.” This leads to the questions “How do our children, with such attitude, distinguish between what is right and what is wrong in their lives,” “How can they be conscious about their religious and cultural identity, if they do not acquire any knowledge through education?” St. Basil the Great said: “Young people must be taught to distinguish between helpful and useless knowledge, clearly keeping in mind Christian’s purpose in life.” Holy Father’s statement reflects the exact purpose of our St. Sava Sunday School educational program.
I hope that these thoughts are shared with you, dear parents. You can still register your child for the Sunday School and let them participate in the program on October 3, 2010, for the 100th anniversary of St. Sava Church and Parish of Los Angeles.
Yours in Christian love,