"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Mt 22:37). These are the two biggest commandments that the Bible gives to us and based on these two commandments our Church school operates. By God's Grace, we practise these and instruct our students in them. We educate the younger generation about:
- what it means to be a true Christian;
- how to rightly praise (правильно славити) the Lord in the Orthodox (православна) tradition;
- why (see the two commandments above) we respect our neighbour not only within our closest, Canadian-Ukrainian community, but far beyond.
We see our students as little disciples of Christ who look to us to be educated about the Holy Trinity. We pray to the Lord to help us show to these children the True Way which they are to pursue as Jesus Christ teaches us, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (Jn 14:6).
- We help families educate their children in the Orthodox Christian tradition.
- Students meet their Orthodox Christian peers.
- Those who have successfully completed a course get a certificate.
- Education at St. Vladimir's Church school is free.
- The school year is autumn through spring (no classes in summer).
- We have our classes on Sundays.
- Lessons start right after the Divine Liturgy.
- A lesson typically lasts about 60 minutes (we have only one lesson every Sunday):
- 15 minutes: light physical exercises, such as gymnastics or an active game in the gym;
- 5 minutes: a prayer before a meal followed by a light snack (in the class);
- 40 minutes for in-class learning in groups of similar age.
- While the students are at school, their parents are welcome to the Church hall to communicate with other congregation members and to have a snack.
- Why to volunteer:
- serve the Lord in one of the most honourable ways (education);
- give back to your community;
- meet new people - your fellow Orthodox Christians;
- gain Canadian (volunteer) experience;
- obtain a reference letter from the school to help grow your career.
- How to volunteer:
- become a Church school instructor or a teaching assistant: for only a minimal commitment of about one hour per week, you gain rich experience (no previous experience or detailed knowledge is required, but love to God, respect for the students and patience are);
- be an instructor substitute: if one of our instructors is unable to teach a lesson, be their substitute - one of the key requirements is to be a team player;
- be the sports leader: prepare a 15-minute light workout for the students (after the Liturgy and before a light snack);
- become the food program manager: ensure that the students have the food after their workout and before their lesson starts.
- If you would like to learn more or ready to volunteer, contact us by using the "Contacts" section below. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers to our team!
Dear Church School Instructors, Students and Students' Parents,
Our Church blesses us to come prepared to celebrate Christmas with joy in our hearts, the joy like no other, which comes from the Lord. November 28, 2022 is the beginning of the Christmas fast. This is the time of particular prayer and charity. This year our school has been invited to participate in the charitable event to support hospitals and those of medical need in Ukraine. We have thankfully accepted this invitation and invite all (including those who do not attend our Church School) to participate as it is fun and because God loves a cheerful giver (2Cor 9:7).
The event is taking place from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (gingerbread decorating workshop) and from 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Christmas tree ornament or greeting card decorating workshop) on the following dates:
- November 27, 2022;
- December 4, 2022 - dedicated to St. Nicholas Day;
- December 18, 2022.
The event series is taking place in the cultural centre of our Church: St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor (404 Meredith Rd NE #1, Calgary, AB T2E 5A6)
If you would like to ask about St Vladimir's Church school, volunteer or have a constructive and concrete suggestion, you can contact us by using the following email: email@example.com or stopping by to speak to the parish priest or one of our volunteers.