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The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education (AODCE) supports church school directors, teachers, parents, and all who participate in the work of Christian education on the local level. Read more. 

The Christian Ed Materials and Order Form (PDF, rev. 10-8-15) is now available for download! Download and use this new form to order materials for your parish program! Be sure to see the revised Billing and Shipping/handling sections of the Order Form. Also, visit the Antiochian Village Bookstore and Giftshop for your holiday gift needs for Sunday School and home.


Curriculum. "Orthodoxy FAQs" and "'I Came:" Jesus in His Own Words" as mentioned in The Word, will be available soon. Check each week. Nearest completion is Orthodoxy FAQS (frequently-asked-questions) which has been renamed ORTHOFAQs Challenge. Consisting of four curriculum pieces, each with seven lessons, Challenges 1 and 2 have questions appropriate for middle school students and numbers 3 and 4 have questions for high school students. The teaching plan can be whole-group, small-group, or individual-research. "'I Came:" Jesus in His Own Words" is a seven-lesson unit inspired by The Great "I Cames" of Jesus, written by Fr. Anthony Coniaris.
Faith and Culture Page. Still under construction!

If you are interested in the Curriculum Project, "Walking the Path of Salvation," its website is: You will find the Concept Paper, the preparatory tasks and updates on the progress. You can also follow the project on Facebook: "CB Path of Salvation Curriculum Plan."



Save the Date: Orthodox Institute 2015

Antiochian Village + Nov. 5-8, 2015
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Educate the adults and you won't need church schools!"

Join us for the Orthodox Institute November 5-8! Hear from Kevin Allen, Fr. Josiah Trenham, Gerry Clonaris, Dr. Anton Vrame, Robert Snyder, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Fr. Stephen Freeman, Fr. Sergius Halvorsen, Fr. John Oliver, Anestis Jorganaglue, Vasiliki Oldziey and the staff of OCEC and the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education!

"Total Parish Education & Faithtree Ministries"

Total Parish Education is the goal of the pastoral ministry at St. Michael Church in Van Nuys, California. The success we have had with the youth educational program at St. Michael's is due in no small measure to the parents, grandparents, Godparents, and professionals within the community of our parish. Given the opportunity to engage with the students as the persons they are, and to learn with them, they recognized that education revitalizes their own faith. Fr. Timothy Baclig, Pastor of St. Michael Church will summarize his successes and failures in his attempt to revitalize the participation of his parishioners in the liturgical and family life of the church.



From the Publications Center and AV Bookstore: Nativity Resources for Families, at Sale Prices

Nativity resources at discounted prices are now available for families from the Archdiocese's Publications Center and Bookstore at Antiochian Village. (Download the flyer and order form.)

Some of them include:

  • The Biggest Birthday Party, an Advent Calendar for kids age 3-6:  This activity book includes 4"x4" pieces of a Nativity icon, to be colored and assembled on a provided master sheet during the twelve days leading up Christmas. An introduction and suggestions for using the Calendar open the book. References to the appropriate Bible verses for each piece and a narrative related to each section of the icon are included.
  • Praise the Lord Christmas Workbook, for grades 3-6 and families:  Games, puzzles, activities, explaining the themes, events and people, and the ways all creation will welcome Jesus.


Online Resource List for Parents and Teachers

The Antiochian Orthodox Department of Christian Education uses the internet extensively when planning curricula, projects and when searching for ideas and resources for our online ministry. A completely new listing of resources has been compiled by Kristina Wenger from her work with AODCE social ministry. Find the Online Resource List for Parents and Teachers under Resources.


Coming Soon: Focus on the Nicene Creed


A series of bite-sized blogs focusing on the Nicene Creed, beginning September 2015.

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