Christian education has been defined as those “deliberate and sustained efforts of the community of faith that enable people to evolve Christian lifestyles.”
Towards that end, the continuing task of the Christian Education section of the Diocesan Department of Youth and Education is to help the faithful answer basic questions of Armenian Christianity: Who is Jesus Christ? How do we come to know the Lord through the familiar and life-giving traditions of the Armenian Church? How are our lives transformed by that knowledge?
The Christian Education section creates the curriculum used in Sunday Schools throughout the Eastern Diocese, as well as in Diocesan camps; and offers workshops in teacher education, leadership principles, spiritual formation, and Armenian Christian literacy.
Books and materials produced for educators and lay people include seasonal resources (Lent/Advent activities) for families; translations of Armenian theological, historical, and devotional work from earlier centuries; prayer journals; cartoon histories; educators’ resources; prayer books; children’s story books; worship resources; and a curriculum and resource catalog of materials available through the St. Vartan Bookstore.
The Christian Education section also coordinates teacher training and superintendent associations in the Diocesan Sunday School system; attends to school-related matters such as graduation, an annual Lenten Drive, back-to-school information, staff directory, seasonal communication, and periodic announcements; offers retreats in spiritual formation for women, mixed groups, intergenerational, and couples; issues program booklets and awards for Scouts; and represents the Armenian Church in ecumenical relations.