Department of Christian Ed:  Lenten, Holy Week educational resources

Great Lent

A variety of lenten resources for class and individual study is available free of charge on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Education.

A collection of activities for grades 2-3, 4-6 and 7-8 may be found here.  Two activities with teacher guides are available for each grade level.

“Journey to Pascha” — a six-lesson study unit for use in parish Church schools — is available here. The unit includes lessons for five age groups — ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17, and 18 and over. It is ideal for weekly classroom use on the lenten Sundays.

The unit begins with the story of Lazarus and the celebration of Jesus’ joyful Entrance into Jerusalem. It continues through each day of Holy Week, focusing on what Jesus taught His disciples, and what happened to Jesus as He was brought to trial, put to death, and buried. Finally, the celebration of the events that led to His Resurrection are highlighted.

Each lesson gives the teacher step-by-step instructions for presenting a learning session tailored to a particular age group. The lessons include activities and games, downloadable icons, and resources from our liturgical Tradition.

Weekly Sunday bulletin inserts also are available.

Visit the DCE’s web site regularly for new resources for classroom and personal study for all ages.