The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is an opportunity for our young people to learn more about their faith and to be able to articulate that understanding. The Oratorical Festival takes place yearly in all of our Greek Orthodox parishes throughout the United States. For our 2015 parish festival, we decided to add a non-competitive Elementary category for 4th-6th grades. They joined our 7th-12th grade speakers and the result was truly inspirational! This year, our Parish Festival will take place on Sunday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m., and it certainly isn’t too soon for our students to begin thinking about their presentations now.

Students in the Elementary category may speak on any topic of their choice, with a recommended length of 30-90 seconds. Representative speakers from St. Paul’s in the Junior and Senior divisions will participate in the District Festival in Northridge on Sunday, April 30th. From there, one Junior and Senior speaker will move on to the Metropolis festival at St. Nicholas Ranch, which will take place on May 13th. We ask parents to encourage their students to take part in a valuable component of our religious education program. It will involve a minimal amount of their time, but the rewards can last a lifetime! Teachers in our 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes will be assisting their students with the speech topics and prompts. Additional assistance with grammar and pubic speaking tips will be offered to students in grades 7-12 who express an interest in speaking at the Oratorical Festival. If you have questions or would like more information, please call the church office at 949.733.2366 or send an email to oratorical@stpaulsirvine.org

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  • Elementary Division (Grades 4-6) Each talk should last 30–90 seconds. However, no “strict timing” will be observed. For instance, one child may offer only two or three sentences, and another may offer considerably more. Also, if a child feels more comfortable in using an icon, picture, or poster as part of the talk, this is permissible.Suggested topics:Jesus Christ, Helping Others, Love, The Cross, My Church, My Family, Being Kind, Prayer,
    The Bible, Church School, My Favorite Icon, Lighting a Candle, My Patron Saint
  • Junior (7th-9th grades) and Senior (10th-12th grades) Topics

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