The Maria P. Tsakos Sunday School at St. George Church
Let us raise our children in such a way that they can face any trouble, and not be surprised when difficulties come; let us bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord… - St. John Chrysostom, Homily on Ephesians 6:14
Our Sunday School at Saint George Church was formed several years ago in response to the changing demographics of our parish. The program has grown steadily over the past few years and plans are underway to accommodate continued growth.
Sunday School students attend Diving Liturgy with their families, listen to the children's sermon and are dismissed following Holy Communion, proceeding with parental supervision to the second floor classrooms.
We are currently enrolling students from age 3-10 and will divide them as needed into groups for instruction purposes. Our faculty have formulated a curriculum to be followed which includes lessons on Scripture and the Orthodox faith and incorporates a variety of teaching aids, stressing age-appropriate arts & crafts projects.
Parents are invited to participate and assist with the class as needed by the instructors. Parents should also supervise the children as they proceed upstairs to the classroom area and should also come to receive their children when class is completed.
Please ask for a registration form at church.
Maria Tsakos Foundation
Maria P. Tsakos
Our Sunday School is funded by an annual grant in perpetuity from the Maria Tsakos Foundation in memory of Maria P. Tsakos, the second child of Captain Panayotis N. Tsakos and the sister of Nikolas P. Tsakos. Maria died unexpectedly on October 29, 2010 after suffering a heart attack during a visit to New York. She was 44. Maria was laid to rest in the village of Kardamyla on the island of Chios, the birthplace of the Tsakos family.
Maria Tsakos had been involved in ship management since 1987. She received her BA Degree in Economics from the City of London University. She had extensive experience in Shipping Operations, Chartering and Shipping Finance. She headed the new projects division of Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A. since 1993.
Ms. Tsakos was deputy President of the Maria Tsakos Foundation. The 32-year-old, non-profit organization has fostered links between Uruguay and Greece through language, history and cultural programs.
Ms. Tsakos was integral in the Tsakos family’s shipping business. She represented the family at a number of industry organisations, such as the London P&I Club, where she was a committee member, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, where she sat on the board of directors and was general secretary. She was also the Chairman of the Group’s Captive Insurance Company, based in Bermuda. Her most recent membership was the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation.
Our parish offers memorial prayers each year on the anniversary of her passing. May her memory be eternal.