OVBS 2017


Assigned Competition Topics 2017

All Groups are based on Public/Private School Grade as of Jan 1, 2017

Group Category
Group 1 – Drawing
(Nursery/ KG)
The Holy Family
Group 2 – Drawing with a short sentence
(Grades 1 / 2)
Elijah fed by the ravens
Group 3 – Drawing with a short paragraph
(Grades 3 / 4)
Joseph’s Dream
Group 4 – Essay
(Grades 5 / 6)
Luke 18:27 – “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
Group 5 – Essay
(Grades 7 / 8)
Proverbs 13:20 – “He who walks with wise men becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Group 6 – Essay
(Grades 9 / 10)
What are you most proud about being an Orthodox Christian?
Group 7 – Essay
(Grades 11 / 12)
As a young adult raised in Orthodox faith, what changes would you like to see in our Sunday school ministry?
Group 4 – Elocution
(Grades 5 / 6)
First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:24
Group 5 – Elocution
(Grades 7 / 8)
Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.1 Timothy 4:12
Group 6 – Elocution
(Grades 9 / 10)
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1
Group 7 – Elocution
(Grades 11 / 12)
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Bible Quiz ( RSV Version ) 2 Corinthians

OVBS 2015

OVBS 2015 Photos

Competition, Elocution and Bible Quiz Topics- 2016


Group 1 – Drawing
Moses at the burning bush

Group 2 – Drawing with  a short sentence
Priest baptizing a baby

Group 3 – Drawing with  a short  paragraph
Jesus feeds the 5000

Group 4 – Essay
The power of a prayerful life

Group 5 – Essay
1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful.”

Group 6 – Essay
Mathew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”
How can we seek His kingdom?

Group 7 – Essay
Ecclesiastes 3:7 “a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” What is the value of silence and quiet in a time when we are always “plugged in”


Group 4
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Group 5
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart,

Group 6
Mathew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Group 7
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.


1 Corinthians

Talent Competition- Elocution Topic and Bible Quiz-2015

GROUP 4 (Grades 5 & 6):

1. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (Ephesians 6:1)

2. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

GROUP 5 (Grades 7 & 8):

1. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25)

2. “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17)

GROUP 6 (Grades 9 & 10):

1. “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:13)

2. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)

GROUP 7 (Grades 11 & 12):

1. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

2. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)



Bible Quiz – 2015*

Old Testament: Joshua

New Testament: Romans

*Revised Standard Version Only.

Assigned Competition Topics 2015

Group 1: Nursery / KG – DRAWING
Draw a picture based on the following theme: “Jesus loves the little children”

Group 2: GRADE 1 & 2 – DRAWING
Draw a picture based on the following theme: “Jesus turned water into wine at the Wedding of Cana.” Write a sentence about your drawing.

Group 3: GRADE 3 & 4 – DRAWING
Draw a picture based on the following theme: “The Baptism of Jesus Christ.” Write a short paragraph about your drawing.

Group 4: GRADE 5 & 6 – ESSAY
“But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39) What does this mean to you?

Group 5: GRADE 7 & 8 – ESSAY
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) How is this possible?

Group 6: GRADE 9 & 10 – ESSAY  
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Group 7: GRADE 11 & 12 – ESSAY 
John 8:7 “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her”

OVBS 2014

1. OVBS Song Audio Seniors 2014

2. OVBS Song Video Juniors 2014

Talent Competition- Elocution Topic and Bible Quiz-2014

Bible Quiz & Elocution Competition Topics – 2014
Bible Quiz:  Isaiah & Acts -RSV Version to follow.

Elocution Topics: (Note: For Guidelines Please click the link at the bottom):
Group 4 (Grades 5 & 6)
1. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no
evil; for Thou art with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
2. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of
rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Group 5 (Grades 7 & 8)
1. Abraham said, “God will provide Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my
son.” (Genesis 22:8)
2. “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
Group 6 (Grades 9 & 10)
1. “Wisdom is a fountain of life to whom who has it.” (Proverbs 16:22)
2. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst
of them.” (St. Matthew 18:20)
Group 7 (Grades 11 & 12)
1. “For the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward
appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
2. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
consume and where thieves break in and steal.” (St. Matthew 6:19) Discuss
this in the context of modern day ‘Prosperity Evangelism’?

->->For Guidelines Please click below:<-<-

SSTC Rules and guidelines 2004(1)

Sunday School Competition Dates – 2014

Sunday School Exam & Competition Dates – 2014



·       Final exam for 12th Grade will be on June 1stand all other grades will have it on June 29th.

Competition dates: ***(Competition topics and rules are posted here under Sunday School Announcements)***

·       Essay and drawing competition –  Church level – July 13th.

·       Essay and drawing competition – Area level- July 27th.

·       Talent competitions- Church level- Sept 14 and 21

·       Talent competitions-Area level competition Oct 4

Competition Coordinators:

·       Talent competitions: John Varghese and Manju John

·       Group song: Ancy George and Chinnu Varghese

·       Bible Quiz: Suja Pothen


·       OVBS Aug 1-3

·       Coordinators: Susha Pothen and Elizabeth Saji

For further information please contact the coordinators or the Principal Mathai Chacko

Assigned Competition Topics 2014

Assigned Competition Topics – 2014 (For assigned Competition Rules  click the link at the bottom)

Group 1 (Nursery/KG) – Drawing:
Jesus – The Good Shepherd
Group 2 (Grades 1, 2 & 3) – Drawing:
Noah’s Ark
Group 3 (Grades 4, 5, &6) – Essay:
“Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven“
(St. Mathew 18:3)
Group 4 (Grades 7, 8 & 9) – Essay:
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105)
Group 5 (Grades 10, 11 & 12) – Essay:
Is Orthodoxy too old fashioned in today’s world? Substantiate your response.

->->For assigned Competition Rules  click below<-<-

SS Assigned Competitions Guidelines 2014


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Golden Verses


OVBS 2013

Combined OVOVBS2013FlyerBS of St. Gregorious Church of Dutchess County, St. John’s Church – Orangeburg, St. Mary’s Church – Valley Cottage, St. Peter’s and St. Paul Church – Sparkill and St. Mary’s Church – Suffern will be held on the dates of Friday, Aug 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd. The OVBS rally and celebration will be held after the Holy Qurbana on Sunday, Aug. 4th.

The venue of the combined OVBS will be St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church of Rockland, Suffern located at 66E. Maple Ave, Suffern, NY 10901. For further detail, see the program flyer.

>>Click here for the Program Flyer<<

>>Click here for the Registration Form<<

1. Please download the form using the above link.

2. Form can be filled on the computer itself before printing.

3. Please turn in the completed registration forms plus the required fee to any participating Sunday school Principal/OVBS Coordinators by July 20, 2013.


OVBS 2013 Theme “Cup Song” by St. Mary’s Sunday School Kids

Sunday School Day 2011








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Church wins Sunday School Rolling Trophy

This year our Church won the Mar Gregorious Rolling Tropy for scoring the most points in the talent competitions and centralized exam. Congratulations!








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OVBS – 2010







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Talent Show & Competition 2009


Sunday School Day 2009

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OVBS 2008

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