“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 1*

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

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

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. 

2021 Units of Study Timetable (Draft)



Tuesday Wednesday



Faith and Theology (Dogma) I

Dcn Theophan Nahas

Introduction to the New Testament

Dr Lydia Gore-Jones

Liturgy and Worship

Fr Jean Mawal and Fr Phillip Saba


Introduction to the Old Testament

Fr Dr John El Karaan

Faith and Theology (Dogma) II
Fr George Tahan and Dcn Theophan

Spirituality and Praxis

Metropolitan Basilios

2021-3 TBC
Church History

Unit to be confirmed

Introduction to the Early Church Fathers

Fr Issac Zghab and Sdcn Jason Israel

* 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:

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

Units on offer (Coming Soon)