After spending several years studying Father Hopko’s “rainbow” series on the Orthodox Faith, the high school class curriculum changed to using OCA DCE curriculum to coordinate with the rest of the education program at St. Nicholas. This year we have concluded two units and are nearly finished with the third. In the early fall, we began with the unit entitled My Orthodox Family.
We examined the way our church and home families connect to all work together to help us on our road to salvation. The students completed scrapbooks of important events in their lives. These scrapbooks were displayed at the first Church School Open House. Following the Orthodox Family unit, the high school class began the Nativity Unit which examined various aspects of the season.
Along with examining the incarnation of Christ, the students examined the lives of several American saints such Saint Herman and St Raphael of Brooklyn. The students are currently finishing a detailed study of Holy Week, which began with a look at Lazarus Saturday, a key event leading up to Christ’s own resurrection.
This has been a very exciting year for the high school class and we look forward to additional new lessons in the OCA series.