“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.
Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.”
2 Timothy 4:2

The purpose of St Paul’s Orthodox Christian Education (SPOCE) is to deliver the Orthodox Christian Faith for the educational building up of faithful in various areas such as Theology, Scripture, Spirituality and Church History as well as the transmission of the intellectual and spiritual heritage of the Orthodox Christian Faith.

Please see below to learn more or click here to register:


This Course was established during the days of the late Metropolitan Paul Saliba of blessed memory. In 2020, Metropolitan Basilios wishing to continue working on the foundation laid before him, reinvigorated the centre by expanding its curriculum, teachers and classes being offered. This new wave coincided with the construction of a new building ‘Antiochian Youth Centre’ in place of the old one at Punchbowl, NSW. The expanded curriculum aims to raise the level of knowledge of the faithful in areas of Theology, Scripture, Church History, Spirituality and Liturgics. As introductory short courses, they require no previous study and those between the ages of 18 to 65 are welcome to attend. Content is delivered in English. This course is recommended for Sunday School teachers, youth leader and members, choir members and any other person who wishes to increase their knowledge in the Orthodox Christian Faith and Practice. 

2020 Units of Study Timetable

Semester Wednesday Night Thursday Night
2020 Inaugural Semester Introduction to the Old Testament +
Fr Dr John El Karaan

Liturgy and Worship +
Fr Jean Mawal and Fr Phillip Saba

+ This class has reached its full capacity and we apologise that we can’t take more students under COVID-19 restrictions. You can express your interest with this course by registering your details and we will contact you when this course or another is available.

2021 Units of Study Timetable (Draft)

Semester Tuesday Night Thursday Night
2021 Trimester 1* Introduction to the New Testament
Dr Lydia Gore-Jones
Faith and Theology (Dogma) I
Dcn Theophan Nahas
TBC – Night 1 TBC – Night 2
2021 Trimester 2
Spirituality and Praxis
Metropolitan Basilios
TBC – Faith and Theology (Dogma) II
TBC – Night 1 TBC – Night 2
2021 Trimester 3 TBC- Church History
TBC – Introduction to the
Early Church Fathers
Fr Issac Zghab and
and Sub Dcn Jason Israel

* 2021 will run as trimesters due to COVID-19 delays in 2020

2020 | Inaugural Semester

Week Date
Week 1 September 14
Week 2 September 21
Week 3 September 28
Week 4 October 05
Mid Break October 12
Week 5 October 19
Week 6 October 26
Week 7 November 02
Week 8 November 09

2021 | Trimester 1* (Draft)

Week Date
Week 1 February 01
Week 2 February 08
Week 3 February 15
Week 4 February 22
Mid term Break March 1
Week 5 March 08
Week 6 March 15 (Great Lent)
Week 7 March 22 (Great Lent)
Week 8 March 29 (Great Lent)

2021 | Trimester 2 (Draft)

Week Date
Week 1 July 05
Week 2 July 12
Week 3 July 19
Week 4 July 26
Mid Term Break August 1 to August 15
Week 5 August 16
Week 6 August 23
Week 7 August 30
Week 8 September 06

2021 | Trimester 3 (Draft)

Week Date
Week 1 September 20
Week 2 September 27
Week 3 October 04
Week 4 October 11
Mid Term Break October 18
Week 5 October 25
Week 6 November 01
Week 7 November 08
Week 8 November 15

2021 will run as trimesters due to COVID-19 delays in 2020. 

Classes will start at 7:00 pm and typically finish around 8:30 pm with a short break. This may be adjusted slightly by the teacher as necessary depending on the content delivery. Face to face classes will be delivered at the Antiochian Youth Centre located at Punchbowl, NSW.

Each unit will run for 8 classes with attendance will be marked, to successfully pass the unit, the student needs to attend at least six of the eight classes and successfully complete the assigned task(s). Classes will be held at the Antiochian Youth Centre in Punchbowl, NSW. Dates and times will be published on the website.

Each unit will contain a short one-page assignment and/or exam (approximately 500 words).

Students that have successfully completed unit will be eligible for a statement of attainment which will be prepared once per calendar year. Please be advised that this statement is for personal use and is not accredited for academic credit.

To register, click here. There is a minimal administration fee of $80 per unit which covers the essential costs associated with organising and running the unit.

If you have problems using the above link, use this link here: https://antiochian.breezechms.com/form/stpaulscourse 

Subdeacon Jason Israel (administration and enquiries) jisrael@antiochian.org.au  

Units on offer (Coming Soon)