“Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
At St. Thomas Sunday School, we understand the value of proper training for our children. There are many who offer a better future for our children. Here, our Sunday School is focused on training our children for the future, because they are our future.
Ours is one of the most successful Sunday Schools in the Northeast American Diocese, thanks to the dedication of the teachers, and the strong support from our parish members. If you are a parent, make sure that your children are benefited from the variety of opportunities our Sunday School offers. Feel free to discuss with the staff members and find out how they can help you, and how you can support Sunday School. If you are a visitor, come and experience how you could become a proud partner of a successful Sunday School.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me; the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. Let us strive for bringing more children to God. Let his name be glorified.
Every Sunday after Holy Qurbana, the senior and junior division students assemble separately from noon to 12:15 pm. Here they listen to devotional messages or general speeches by guest speakers or staff members or learn hymns. From 12:15 to 1:00 pm, regular curriculum is taught in individual classes, following the syllabus provided by the American diocese. All of this knowledge is imparted to our students by a team of efficient and dedicated teachers who put children first. In addition to the regular classroom instructions, our teachers coached students for singing, storytelling, public speaking and Bible quiz. Many students made use of these opportunities, and that in turn has benefited our Sunday school students in many ways.
Mid-term exam, Quizzes and annual examinations are held for each Grade. Students from 5th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade are expected to take the centralized examinations conducted by the Diocese.
Teachers’ Training and Fellowship
Our Sunday School gives continuing education of teachers a priority. We hold at least two Teachers’ Training and Fellowship sessions every year: The purpose of the meeting is three-fold:
1. Promote fellowship among our staff and family members,
2. Sharpen our teaching skills, and
3. Plan the activities for the year
Teachers Training Certificate (TTC) Examination
A refresher course is provided every year for those who appear for the TTC examinations. We have about 20 teachers who have passed TTC examination.
Assigned Competitions in Drawing and Essay Writing are conducted every year.
Our parish team presents outstanding performance at the Talent show conducted every year immediately after the Diocesan-level Talent Competition.
Participation in the Parish Level Spiritual Activities
Many of our Sunday school students serve as Altar assistants and choir members. Many of our senior students are also active members of MGOCSM. Our students are active participants in all our Church services and activities.