WHY ARE OUR CHILDREN LEAVING THE CHURCH?
Here in America, we have seen it happen countless times. We raise our children in the Orthodox Church, but when they grow up and move out of the house, they seldom darken the door of another Church again. There are several factors that contribute to this tragic reality, but foremost among them is that our young people do not see the value of their Orthodox Christian faith. Parents do not discuss the faith at home, because they do not have the answers to their children’s questions. Church turns into “something we do on Sunday” as opposed to having a living relationship with God.
If we want our children to be faithful Orthodox Christians as adults, then we must lay the foundations for their future now. We must teach and live the faith at home with them.
WHAT IS CROSS TRAINING?
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Cross Training is St. Sava’s Christian Education program for the home. It equips parents to teach their children about the Orthodox Christian faith. On this page you will find weekly lessons and activities to do with your family at home. Each lesson covers a specific topic related to the Orthodox Christian faith.
HOW DO I MAKE IT WORK?
Cross Training is a supplement designed to help our children understand their Orthodox Christian faith. To make it work, we recommend the following:
Mark your calendar. Set aside a night of the week to gather as a family and complete the lessons. If we do not make time for it, it will not happen.
Pray as a family. Encourage your children to pray on their own by first praying as a family. The family that prays together stays together!
Discuss the faith as a family. Feel free to discuss the faith with your children outside of the lessons. Is there a question that you can’t answer? Write it down, and ask the priest.
Attend the services of the Church as a family. Show your children the importance of living out their faith in the divine services. If we can make time for extracurricular activities, then we can make time to attend Church services during the week.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Fr. Photius.
Have your child complete the quizzes at the end of the lessons, and bring the completed quizzes to Fr. Photius. For every five quizzes your child completes, he/she will get a coupon for a free ice cream from Paciugo.