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A collection of Orthodox Christian resources for family-centered catechesis

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Orthodox Literature Connections: “Shepherding Sam”

I recently received a gift copy of Shepherding Sam by Melinda Johnson from Ancient Faith Publishing.  I decided to use it as a read aloud with my older boys and was able to to make several connections to other topics we are currently studying – about...

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In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

A couple of years ago, I ran across a bracelet on Ancient Faith Publishing made of seeds called “Panagia’s Tears” or “Tears of the Mother of God”.  I found the story of the bracelet fascinating and ended up buying it for my daughter for...

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The Orthodox Curriculum Project

Creating a searchable database of curriculum with an Orthodox approach to educating ourselves, our families, and our communities

Connecting Church & Home

A year long cycle of living our faith for families

Special Needs, Small Classrooms, and One-Room Classrooms

Overview of a recent church school seminar which includes links and resources


Family as Nurturer

“The family is not just the principle educator but the educator of such importance that the influence of all other factors is at best marginal.”

– John Boojamra, Foundations for Christian Education


“You can only teach that which you have made your own…”

– Sophie Koulomzin, Our Church & Our Children

“Experience before understanding, participation before explanation, is advocated as the way of catechesis in the Church.”

– Anton Vrame, The Educating Icon

“Therefore, it is of paramount importance that the Orthodox Christian learning process begin from the very birth of the child.”

– George Nicozisin, The Road to Orthodox Phronema

“The religious education of children is mainly brought about by example, and by the atmosphere of love and prayer in the home.”

– Sister Magdalen, Children in the Church Today

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