“Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6. These ‘Words of
Wisdom’ from King Solomon serve as the guiding precept of
Our Sunday School commenced its
functioning in the year 1981, with a limited number of students in one common
class. From this humble beginning, it has now completed 35 years of commendable
service in ‘Spiritual Empowerment’. Around 700 students are currently studying in
our Sunday School from Grade KG1 to Grade XII, and 40 teachers are actively
participating in the task of enlightening and fostering them, as true and
The academic year of our Sunday School
commences every January and classes are conducted every Friday after the Holy
Qurbana from 10.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Prior to classes, assemblies are conducted
separately for kindergarten, juniors & intermediates and seniors, teaching
them devotional songs, church hymns and prayers. The Sunday School follows the Malankara
Jacobite Syrian Sunday School Association (MJSSA) curriculum and merit
certificates issued by MJSSA are awarded to outgoing students of classes X and
XII every year.
The Sunday School conducts several facilitating
sessions on a regular basis, to empower its students to successfully face
life’s various challenges.
Retreat and Counselling session
A retreat for senior Sunday School
students, to acclimatize themselves towards the challenge of School Board
Examinations, is held every year in the month of February. Empowerment session,
prayer and meditation etc. are conducted during the retreat, followed by
provision of various learning tips by experienced teachers.
counselling session for Sunday School students is also conducted by the church during
the month of October, every year.
The Jacobite Syrian Vacation Bible School (JSVBS)
The JSVBS has been conducted in our Sunday
School on an annual basis, during the month of March, since the year 2009. The JSVBS,
based on themes provided by MJSSA, is led by skilled priests and around 500
students and 60 teachers actively attend the JSVBS every year. On the JSVBS final
day, a colourful rally and impressive cultural programmes are presented by
students from various classes.
The Annual Sunday School Talent Fest is conducted
in the month of May and competitions are held for various student groups for Church
hymn, Christian devotional songs, Elocution, Bible test, Memory verse writing
Our Sunday School regularly participates
in the Annual U.A.E. Inter-Sunday School Talent Fest and has now won the overall
championship trophy for seven times in a row. Also, our students have regularly
won the individual championships.
Examinations, Open House and
The Sunday School Half Yearly examinations
and Open House are conducted in the month of June and the final examinations and
Open House are conducted in the month of December every year. A Parent–Teacher
Meeting is also held in the month of December, prior to the Open House.
Annual Day celebrations
The Annual Day celebration of our Sunday
School is held during the month of December and students from various classes
present several cultural programmes of grandeur on this day. Trophies and merit
certificates are awarded to the winners of ‘Talent Fest’, as well as toppers in
the examination and attendance.
The Sunday School teachers who have completed
10 years of meritorious service are also felicitated by the church on the Church
Mor Gregorios Jacobite Students’ Movement (MGJSM)
MGJSM, the students’ movement of
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, has been actively functioning in our Sunday
School since 2010. Every Friday separate Sunday School Assemblies are conducted
under the auspices of MGJSM and students portray their dynamic leadership
qualities and ability to execute various innovative programmes by conducting skits,
quizzes, group songs, reviews, debates etc. on a class-wise basis.
Mary’s Children’s Library
The Sunday School library, with a
collection of more than 750 books, nourish the spiritual reading and learning
needs of the students and functions every Friday after Sunday School classes.
Our Sunday School teachers regularly attend
the Annual MJSSA-UAE General Body Meetings and actively participate in the teachers’ training and conference camps, held
every year. Our students also participate in the Winter Camp, held annually at St. George’s Jacobite
Syrian Simhasana Cathedral, Al Ain in the month of December.