“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:

SPOCE was established during the days of the Metropolitan Paul Saliba of thrice-blessed memory.

In 2020, Metropolitan Basilios, continuing to build upon the foundations laid before him. His Eminence, Metropolitan Basilios, reinvigorated the course by expanding its curriculum, teachers and classes offered. This invigoration was in accord with the construction of the ‘Antiochian Youth Centre’, which replaced the Old Archdiocese building at 8 Henry Street, Punchbowl.

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 leaders and members, choir members and any other person who wishes to increase their knowledge in the Orthodox Christian faith and practice.

2021 | Trimester 2

Week 1July 19
Week 2July 26
Week 3August 2
Week 4TBC
Mid Term BreakAugust 6 to August 15
Week 5August 16
Week 6August 23
Week 7August 30
Week 8September 06

2021 | Trimester 3*

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

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

2021 Units of Study Timetable (Draft)






Genesis, Exodus and Wisdom Texts

Fr Dr John El Karaan

Spirituality and Praxis

Metropolitan Basilios

(Class Full)

2021-3*The Gospels and Acts

Dr Lydia Gore-Jones

Early Church Fathers

Fr Isaac Zghaib and Sdcn Jason Israel

Faith and Theology (Dogma) I

Dcn Theophan Nahas

* 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.

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When our units run, there is a minimal administration fee of $80 per unit which covers the essential costs associated with organising and running the unit.

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

Units on offer (Coming Soon)