Winter school has once again commenced at the School of Edessa at St George Parish in Damascus, Syria.
Classes commenced on Monday 12 September 2011, where the students were divided into seven grades/groups. Classes included introductory and advanced Assyrian, doctrine, bible studies and biblical interpretation.
On Monday and Tuesday, bible analysis and the liturgical calendar were the focus along with other related presentations and lectures.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday classes were based on basic and advanced Assyrian language studies, along with liturgical hymns. On Saturday, the students trained as the choir of the church.
Another branch of the school will soon be opening in a neighbouring city called Barzeh where a strong demand exists for similar ministries and services to those offered by the church in Damascus.
The School of Edessa is under the direct leadership of His Grace Mar Afram Athneil, Bishop of Syria and is run and supervised by Rev. Toma Astivo.
The thanks and gratitude of the school are offered to His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East for his ongoing guidance and Apostolic blessings.
Further thanks are due to the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) who has provided consistent financial aid and support in difficult circumstances enabling services of this nature to be delivered to the sons and daughters of the church, many of whom are refugees in Damascus.[nggallery id=264]