A Sunday school program for children in Arik
Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Armenia in June of this year. The Armenians are proud that as early as in the fourth century, Christianity was declared the state religion in their country, and thereby making it arguably the oldest Christian nation in the world.
Close to 95% of the population today belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church which, like the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, belongs to the family of the Oriental Orthodox churches. The Eparchy of Artik gives great importance to the religious education of its children because of media influences and negative tendencies in society making it essential to establish strong Christian values and the Christian faith in these children in a way that would give them firm roots in the life of the Church. So, two years ago, a Sunday school program designed to run for two years was established in the town of Artik and in 10 villages nearby.
A great success!
Some 280 children took part in this program! Bible stories, religious hymns and songs, the lives of the saints, the major Church feasts and the history of Christianity in Armenia were all covered by the program, as were various ethical topics. But there were also many leisure activities offered, with games and good fun for all. During the summer and autumn months five separate pilgrimages were organized to various holy shrines around the country. In addition, information days for parents of the children were held.
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to contribute $13,050 CAD towards the cost of this project. The vicar of the Eparchy of Artik, Narek Avagan, has written to express his heartfelt thanks to you all, on behalf of all the children who took part, of their parents and of the entire Eparchy. The Sunday school program was a huge success and will undoubtedly be continued.
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