The Oriental Orthodox Churches Annual Sunday School Bible Competition
- The Oriental Orthodox Churches Annual Sunday School Bible Competition
On Saturday, November 20th 2010 the Oriental Orthodox Churches of the Western Diocese held their annual Sunday School event. This year it was a Bible Competition which focused on the Gospel of Luke, chapters 13-24. The specific theme was Luke 18:16. This event was under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Serapion, of the Coptic Church, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, of the Syriac Orthodox Church, and His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
There were also several clergy in attendance as well as deacons. The Bible Competition was held at St. Mary and St. Athanasius’ Coptic Church in Northridge. A total of nine churches participated in this joyous, blessed event. There was a total of 130 kids (ages 9 - 14), 15 Youth Team Leaders, and many moderators.
The event began with a Divine Liturgy, followed by Holy Communion for all. The Prelates also welcomed the students and expressed their joy with the annual Sunday School events. A beautiful group photo was then taken in the church followed by lunch for all attendees.
The Bible Competition then began with 3 teams from each age group. Each team was asked 10 questions and were given a minute to answer. It was enjoyable to see the kids working together as one team to try to answer the Bible questions to the best of their ability. The second round then began with the remaining teams being tested. When teams were not competing, they reviewed the Gospel of Luke, played basketball in the rain, or just enjoyed getting to know one another.
After all teams were tested everyone gathered in the church for the announcement of the winning teams. For ages 9 - 11 the winning team was the "Angels" and for ages 12-14 it was the "Bible Rulers." All team members were presented religious trophies. All students in the competition were given an award ribbon and the group photo.