Orthodox Children’s Catechism

This unique Orthodox Children’s Catechism course is based on a first-of-its-kind catechism for young people, The Good Samaritan: A Children’s Catechism, from Rev. Fr. Michael Shanbour.  The course will introduce students to the unchanging truths of the Orthodox Christian Faith in an accessible, engaging and interesting way, utilizing examples, analogies, and humor.

The course materials will take students from life in Paradise (Lesson 1), through the Fall of Adam (Lesson 2) and the reality of sin (Lesson 3), and into life and redemption through Jesus Christ (Lesson 4).  In The Church (Lesson 5) they will then encounter Holy Tradition (Lesson 6), the dynamic “river” that runs through the midst of the Church and provides the living water for thirsty souls.  The treasure of Holy Tradition then presents the Holy Mysteries of the Priesthood (Lesson 7), the Eucharist (Lesson 8), and Baptism (Lesson 9), along with Repentance and Confession (Lesson 10), all of which are essential for the health and salvation of our souls.  Finally, Prayer (Lesson 11), Fasting (Lesson 12) and Almsgiving (Lesson 13) are shown to be the indispensable means of union with God and as lifegiving manifestations of faith, hope, and love.

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  • Prerequisites: Some personal experience in the life of the Orthodox Church is preferable. 
    Instructor:  Rev. Fr. Michael Shanbour, M. Div.
    Age Level:  8 – 12 years
    Minimum Enrollment: 6

    Maximum Enrollment: 12
    Tuition per Semester:  $125
    Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!

    Class Meets: 
    Mondays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific

    Click Here to see the 2021-22 Class Schedule

Rev. Father Michael Shanbour, M.Div.

The Rev. Fr. Michael Shanbour is a lifelong Orthodox Christian and pastor of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Mission in Wenatchee, Washington.  He received his M. Div. at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1989.  He has been active in youth, camp, music, outreach/evangelism and Christian education ministries.  Father Michael was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2001 and pastored mission parishes in Topeka, Kansas, and Spokane Washington before being assigned to Three Hierarchs. He is the author of Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers (Ancient Faith), as well as The Good Samaritan: A Children’s Catechism (Three Hierarchs Publishing). He is blessed to live in Wenatchee with his wife, Makrina, and son, Simeon. 

The  Good Samaritan: A Children’s Catechism

This book is offered at a 40% discount for those who register for Father Michael’s class. Please contact Andrea Wallace (andreawallace@clrconline.com) to receive your discount code.