The goal of the St. Nikola Church School program is to teach our children the spiritual values of the Orthodox Christian faith. Under the direction of Father Dennis Pavichevich, our parish priest, and Father Tom Kazich, the Director of Religious Education from the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, our Sunday School Coordinator, Mary Warmus, has developed integrated lesson plans to expose children to our faith in a fun but disciplined way. We reference the Bible, the Divine Liturgy, the Feast Days of the Church, St. Sava’s Mission, iconography, and the importance of Holy Communion, fasting, praying and learning hymns.
We pray that our children and their families live a Christ-centered and Eucharistic life. We hope that our children grow in God’s service and that our Orthodox faith sustains them as they grow into adults. We want our children to recognize the beauty of our faith. We want them to learn to respect themselves and others. We want them to know that they are not only an integral part of our Church community but also the secular community in which they live. We want them to be proud of their Serbian Orthodox heritage and encourage them to participate in the Church's Moravac folklore dance group.
We have showcased our Church and our customs in events that include decorating a Christmas Tree in the Serbian Orthodox tradition at the Brookfield Zoo and marching in the LaGrange Pet Parade with our "The Bee-Attitudes float" (Jesus Christ gave us the eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 5:1-12). We captured the crowd’s attention with our messages of "Bee-Good", "Bee-Friendly" and "Bee-Your Best" on signs embellished with colorful flowers and bumble bees. We also had fun bowling with our friends from St. John the Baptist Church in Bellwood, IL.
Church school is scheduled after Divine Liturgy on Sundays. We encourage all children ages three through High School to participate. Father Dennis also hosts a special Friday night religious education class for the older kids participating in folklore (Groups 3 and 4) as well as all teens ages 12-18. We are grateful that we have a beautiful class room, loving and helpful parents and a great group of kids! We hope to see you at both Divine Liturgy and Sunday school as well.
God Bless You,