Education

Educational Programs 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you (Psalm 32:8).

Teaching and learning the Christian faith is fundamental for any follower of Jesus Christ. Through the work of dedicated teachers, at St. Innocent we strive to fulfill the important call for catechism by learning the Word of God found in the Holy Scriptures, interpreted by the Holy Fathers of the Church, and witnessed in the Orthodox Christian Tradition. 

In this website we provide a few links and articles which are very useful not only for inquirers, but for any Orthodox Christian who seeks to deepen his or her faith. 

Please, check out the section "Our Faith" in this website.


Adult Education

Every Sunday before Divine Liturgy at 8:40 AM, Fr. Alessandro leads the adult education class focused on Scriptures. Currently, we are reading the First Letter to the Corinthians.

In addition, a book study is held every other Thursday night -- check our parish calendar for an exact schedule. This October we begin our next book study: The Orthodox Way by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. 


Our Church School Program
 
Teachers Valerie Spoerl and Sue Kidd with our children
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Pro 22:6).

At St Innocent we are blessed to have a large children and youth group. From the first years of our existence, Church school has been considered to be of primary importance.

Our program includes weekly Sunday School lessons before Divine Liturgy, as well as a variety of activities for children and youth. 

The only exception is the Pre-school class which begins right after Communion.

During Advent and Lent, a retreat for children and youth is also held in the Church's premise. 

All children are welcome! If you would like your child to join one of our classes, or for additional information, see or contact our Church School Coordinator, Pauline Russell.




Our children working on a craft project
The teachers for the four classes:

Preschool: Molly Russell, Sydney Russell, Jillian Myerly
1st through 7th grade: Chris Koch & Karen Mravetz
8th grade and through 12th grade: Fr. Alessandro & various speakers
 
Our youth and children are involved in numerous activities as part of our Church School Program:



Working on the Shoeboxes for Children project
  • In 2014 and 2015 we participated in the Shoeboxes for Children project coordinated by St. Matthew Antiochian Church in North Royalton, OH.  The children and parishioners have been collecting items  for children of the Near West Intergenerational Charter School on the west side of downtown Cleveland. These are basic health care items as well as some activities and snacks for the children.
  • St. Nicholas Uganda Children’s Ministry: We became involved with this ministry in the Fall of 2012. Our children worked to raise the funds to cover educational costs for two children in Uganda.
  • St. Nicholas Day: We organized several activities for the children for St. Nicholas Day: filling their shoes with goodies, they bought a gift to give to Zoe for Life house, an item of baby clothing or a toy which they were then able to “give” to St. Nicholas following Liturgy.