|St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Sunday School – Sharjah, U.A.E
“Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God”
|“Discipline your children, while they are young enough to learn,
if you don’t you are helping them to destroy themselves”.
“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 faithful Christians.
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.
Students’ 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.
A dedicated 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 and Quiz.
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 Parent-Teacher Meeting
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 Parish Day.
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.
St. 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’sJacobite Syrian Simhasana Cathedral, Al Ain in the month of December.