Welcome to the Annunciation Cathedral Sunday School Program
The Annunciation Cathedral Sunday School is a ministry that has served the youth of our community for nearly 120 years. Our Sunday School ministry serves to give students the opportunity to cultivate a life-giving and transformative relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through lessons, discussions, stories, activities and fellowship, the students of our Sunday School program learn what it means to be an Orthodox Christian in the 21st Century. Our Sunday School classes are tailored to the student's age and grade in school. Little Lambs serves those students from the ages of 40 days - 4 years of age, JOY, ages 6 - 11, Junior GOYA, ages 12-14, and Senior GOYA, ages 15 - 18. Sunday School takes place from September - May of each year every Sunday, immediately following Holy Communion in our Lower Hall & Cathedral classrooms. Our students are joined and welcomed by our Sunday School teachers and engage in lessons, stories, activities and discussions on the faith.
The Mission of our Sunday School Program
The Sunday School Committee, comprised of many dedicated parents and teachers, provide our Sunday School students with an open, safe and loving environment for students to be their genuine Christian selves. The mission of our Sunday School program is to further educate our children on the commandments and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ embodied in His Church. Through this ministry, it is our prayer that Christ Himself instills within our students a longing and yearning for God in their everyday lives. Sunday School allows our youth to embark on a journey. It calls within our youth a deep desire to establish a life-long and life-transforming relationship with our Lord.
Fellowship & Fun with Others
One of the main goals of our Sunday School program is that our youth feel welcome and involved in the life of our parish. Fellowship with one another is a key factor in the ability for one to live out their Christian vocation. We therefore invite our students to create bonds and friendships that are united in Christ and last a lifetime. Ice-Breakers, games, activities and open discussion help facilitate these friendships and strengthen the unity of our youth.
Spreading the Word of God
A disciple in the Lord is one who learns from and is attentive to God. An Apostle of the Lord takes the message of the Good News and shares it with others. Our Sunday School program seeks to cultivate both Disciples and Apostles of Christ, in that through learning about our Lord, our students can then let their light shine forth to others. Through sharing the light of the Resurrection, our students become beacons of Christ’s light to all whom they encounter. Sometimes it takes more than words to share the Good News of Christ. We therefore aid our students in cultivating the will to show their faith through action, instilling within them the Pauline virtues of faith, hope, and love.
Meet our Sunday School Committee
Jack Andrew Bushell, Pastoral Assistant
Our Annunciation Cathedral has been blessed in having many young families joining our Cathedral Family. My desire is to combine my love of Children and our Cathedral to add Little Lambs Classes into our Sunday School Program. After meeting with Father Tom and our Youth Director, Jack Bushell to discuss my ideas and received their spiritual guidance to Create our Little Lambs Class at the Cathedral is now a reality. The program is structured to provide activities, including prayers, books, crafts and playtime to introduce our little ones to Orthodox Christianity. Also, we hope to build strong spiritual and common friendship between children and adults. Please join us on a weekly basis. You are always welcome.
John Georgountzos teaches the Junior GOYA class and is a life-long steward of the Annunciation Cathedral. In his youth, John attended both Sunday School and Greek School at the Cathedral as well as Junior and Senior GOYA. In addition to teaching, John is the Chair of the Cathedral Preservation Trust and Chair of the Audit Committee. He has previously served on the Parish Council for more than a decade. John attended Bentley University where he earned a BA in Accounting and an MS in Taxation and is employed at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Program Manager. In his spare time, John enjoys traveling to all places (especially Greece) with his wife Aglaia and his daughter Eleni. When time allows, you can find John in his garage working on his classic car.
Pasquale (Lee) Santarelli
My name is Pasquale Santarelli (aka Lee) of Cleveland, OH and I am a fourth year Master of Divinity student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline. I am very happy to have been assigned to Annunciation Cathedral this year to assist teaching Sunday School as part of my field education! I look forward to getting to know this wonderful community throughout this year!
Take a look at our upcoming events and Sunday School class schedule!