Champions of the Faith!
2017/2018 Theme and Centennial Sessions

The resources listed below may be utilized in conjunction with the curriculum:

Champion of the Faith Logo
Black and White

Archangel Icons

Orthodox Church in America/Department of Religious Education
Clip Art

Little Falcons -

We are very excited to introduce the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry programming theme for the 2017/2018 year: Champions of the Faith. Through this theme we hope our youth gain a deeper relationship with the saints of the Church and are inspired by their example. Our further aim is for our youth to view themselves as athletes for Christ, training themselves to become Champions of the Faith.

We will be providing three levels of curriculum:
Level 1 - Pre-School - Grade School ages 4-8
Level 2 - Grade School ages 8-12
Level 2 - Middle/High School ages 13 -18

The sessions are approached from a holistic concept of traditional learning and lived knowledge (Praxis). The curriculum is split into two sections based on this concept. The curriculum was designed for successive use; however, sessions may be used as stand-alone modules. Extensive leader notes and instruction are provided throughout the curriculum.

We are especially pleased to be offering five special sessions that are being created by the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center. These sessions will explore the theme through the lens of the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. They will provide our youth with the opportunity to participate in special ways for this historic event, which will take place in the Summer of 2018.

We are supplementing the curriculum with Champion of the Week - highlighting a new saint each week on our Facebook page.

The curriculum is now available for download at If you have suggestions concerning resources, activities, or curriculum please do not to hesitate to contact us at

We encourage you to utilize this curriculum and incorporate the theme within your youth programming for the coming year.

May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ bless all of our work with His youth in the coming year.

In Him
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon
Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Level 1 - Pre-School - Grade School ages 4-8

* Instructor Packet
* Supplemental Materials

Level 2 - Grade School ages 8 - 12

* Instructor Packet
* Supplemental Materials
* Participant Workbook

Level 2 - Middle/High School ages 13 - 18

* Instructor Packet
* Supplemental Materials
* Participant Workbook

Additional Materials
* Tree of Life Template
* Needed Supplies Shopping List (for all levels)
Special Champions!

November Special Champion -
His Eminence Metropolian Antony

Decmber Special Champion
His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine
of Blessed Memory
Centennial Sessions

Session One: History of the UOC of USA
Suggested Month: January 2018
Supplemental Power Point Show
Metropolitan Timeline

Session Two: Oral History Project

Suggested Month: February 2018

Session Three: UOL Essay Contest
Suggested Month: March 2018

Session Four: The Importance of Primary Documents & Archives
Suggested Month: April 2018 - Available in March 2018

Session Five: Musical Harmony
Suggested Month: May 2018

Parish History Project
Ongoing project to be completed for display at the Metropolia Center in July 2018