St. John The Baptist

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America * Post Falls, ID

Christian Education

Orthodox Education (Sunday School)
The Christian Education Department of St. John the Baptist Antiochian Orthodox Church follows the guidelines established by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC) as part of a comprehensive Orthodox eduction for both youth and adults. The Orthodox Christian Education Commission is an agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America. It was founded in 1957 by a group of Orthodox theologians and educators as a forum to exchange ideas and to search for solutions to common educational problems. It currently aims to develop and publish educational material for and offers support services to Orthodox Christian Churches in North America. The OCEC is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of jurisdictional representatives. Under the Presidency of Metropolitan Philip Saliba of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Commission seeks to encourage cooperation among member jurisdictions. The daily operations of the Commission are conducted by an Executive Board, composed of a Chairman (the Vice President of the Commission) and the various heads of the departments.


Creative Festivals

The Department of Christian Education coordinates the Art, Poetry, Creative Writing and Photography festivals. The Department of Youth and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine coordinate the Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival. The festivals continue to be sponsored by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. As in the past, without the time and effort of their members the festivals would not be possible.


Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festivals

2019 Diocese of Los Angeles/Eagle River Parish Life Conference

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 

The 2019 Diocese of Los Angeles and Diocese of Eagle River Parish Life Conference will be hosted by
St. Anthony Church in San Diego, CA. Dates are Wednesday to Sunday, July 3-July 7, 2019.

Downloads and Resources

Creative Arts Festivals and Bible Bowl & Oratorical

Oratorical Festival Rules (PDF, rev. July 2013)
Oratorical Festival Coordinator’s Manual (PDF)
Bible Bowl Rules
Information on the Creative Arts Festivals

Diocesan Contacts for Oratorical* and the Bible Bowl

Fellowship of St. John the Divine
Bible Bowl Advisor

John Abud
c/o St. George Orthodox Church
PO Box 320164
West Roxbury, MA 02132
617-323-0323 ext. 3

Fellowship of St. John the Divine
Oratorical Coordinator

Julie Anne Abboud
87 Woods Road
Little Falls, NJ 07424
973-812-0444 h

* Oratorical Submission Deadline is Two Weeks before each Parish Life Conference. Contact each diocesan coordinator for more details.

The Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festivals are hosted by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. Topics developed and printed by the Department of Youth and Parish Ministry with the blessing of the Metropolitan.

Questions about our Christian Education Department?
Click here to email the Christian Education Coordinator