MUSCAT: The annual ritual of the Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka’s Orthodox Vacation Bible School (OVBS) began after Christmas from December 26, Monday.
Around 220 senior and junior children who are students of Sunday School are taking part in the week-long classes.
Fr Isaac B Prakash, former secretary MGOCSM, is the chief guest for this year. He will be taking classes on the theme: Children, Obey Your Parents (Ephesians 6:1)
Maha Edavaka Vicar Fr James Geevarghese and new Assistant Vicar Fr Binu John Thomas are leading various sessions for the students actively.
Earlier sessions on meditation were co-ordinated and led by Fr Varghese George and Varkey Cherian.
As part of the extra-curricular activity, a picnic has been arranged for the students on January 6, Friday, immediately after the Holy Eucharist.
Earlier, on the inaugural day, Fr Isaac along with Fr James and helped by tiny tots lighted the traditional lamp to signal beginning of the classes. Mathew Abraham, Hon Trustee, also spoke on the occasion.
A five-member committee of OVBS co-ordinators in John Thomas Vadakedom, Reji Philip, T J Joseph, O Thomas and Lally George are overseeing the smooth conduct of the classes.
The classes are being held from 8 am to 1 pm with transportation being arranged by the church to drop the children back home.
A colourful valedictory with rally and variety entertainment will be held on January 5, 2012, Thursday to mark its closure.