“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:

Register for the Introduction to the Holy Mysteries of the Orthodox Church Course

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.

2023 Units of Study Timetable

Semester 1

Monday

TuesdayWednesday

Thursday

2023-1

The Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Orthodox Church

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Semester 2

Monday

TuesdayWednesday

Thursday

2023-2

2023 | Semester 1

WeekDate
Week 130 January
Week 26 February
Week 313 February
Week 420 February
Mid Term Break27 February to 3 March
Week 56 March (Great Lent)
Week 613 March (Great Lent)
Week 720 March (Great Lent)
Week 827 March (Great Lent)

2023 | Semester 2

WeekDate
Week 121 August
Week 228 August
Week 34 September
Week 411 September
Mid Term Break18 September to 22 September
Week 525 September
Week 62 October
Week 79 October
Week 816 October

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.

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