St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
Sunday School Program Director: Denise Lansdell
Topics, Guidelines & Tips for the judged divisions
Senior Division (Grades 10–12) and Junior Division (Grades 7–9):
Speech time limits for each division are
- JUNIOR-minimum 3 minutes, maximum 4
- SENIOR -minimum 4 minutes, maximum 5
A 15-second grace period will be given to speakers whose talks run over or under time
2021 Topics for the non-judged/local division, which is the Elementary Division (Grades 4–6):
Jesus Christ; Helping Others; A Smile; The Bible ; Love; The Cross; My Church; My Family; Being Kind; Prayer; My Favorite Icon; Lighting a Candle
Important Dates & Deadlines
January 24, 2021: Senior Division and Junior Division participants have submitted the official participation form: https://religioused.formstack.com/forms/sjcof_participant.
January 24, 2021: Elementary Division participants have emailed the festival co-chairs their topic.
January 31, 2021: Virtual Office Hour with co-chairs.
February 7, 2021: Virtual Office Hour with co-chairs.
February 14, 2021: Virtual Office Hour with co-chairs.
February 21, 2021: Virtual Office Hour with co-chairs.
February 25, 2021: Senior, Junior and Elementary participants have emailed the festival co-chairs their final speech so they may forward to Fr. Cosmas for his review.
March 7, 2021: HAGOC Oratorical Festival.
June 13, 2021: National Festival at St. Spyridon's in Loveland, Colorado - preceded by the Regional VA District Oratorical Festival and the Metropolis of New Jersey Oratorical Festival, both of which are TBD.