Events & Activities

On October 25-27, our brother church in Ben Lomond (Ss. Peter & Paul) will be hosting the annual Fall Gathering. 

With the Blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH+ of All of North America, His Grace Bishop ANTHONY of the Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest will be attending. 

The Fall Gathering will have many activities. Some of these activities will include meetings by our Diocesan officers for Teen SOYO, Antiochian Women, & Young Adult Ministry. There will be meals, fellowship, and a Teen SOYO activity to include a hike!

For Saturday October 26th Registration with St. Nicholas Teen SOYO (Ages 13-19) the schedule is as follows.

A $50.00 Teen SOYO Registration Fee will also be charged. This includes bus fare, registration, and registration for the Teen SOYO activity. We recommend your Teens bring extra money (cash/card) no more than $50.00 in case of spending.

  1. Meet at Rear Parking Lot of Petco (Tanforan Mall 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno) at 6:30 AM for Check in.
  2. Depart to Holiday Inn & Hotel- Santa Cruz @ 7:00 AM.
  3. Check in & Ice Breakers @ 8:30 AM
  4. Teen SOYO Meeting w/ Diocesan Officers & Advisors @ 9:30 AM
  5. Lunch @ 1:00 PM
  6. Guided Redwood walk in Henry Cowell State Park (TEEN SOYO ACTIVITY) @ 2:00 PM
  7. Vespers with His Grace Bishop ANTHONY @ 5:00 PM
  8. Dinner & Good Bye @ 7:00 PM.


We encourage families to participate, although non Teen SOYO members should go to the appropriate activity. 

Release of Liability Link (Print, & Turn In Day of Departure)

Registration Link

Other important details. 

A continental breakfast is included with Fall Gathering Registration for those who wish to stay for the weekend. Hotel Reservations should be made in advance, as rates are not guaranteed. There are activities for Clergy, parishioners, Antiochian Women, & Young Adults. 

All information regarding the Fall Gathering can be found on the Ss. Peter & Paul Website.


Teen SOYO is the Society of Youth Organizations ages 13-19 within our church. In Teen SOYO our officers host Bible Studies, Retreats, Outings, and other activities within the church. Teen SOYO is also a chapter of the larger Diocesan SOYO and NAC SOYO which are the Teen SOYO’s of the Diocese of Los Angeles & West, and the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. 

Through both the NAC Teen SOYO & DLAW (Diocese of Los Angeles & the West) Teen SOYO, our parish’s Teen SOYO is able to participate in large scale retreats like the DLAW Parish Life Conference and the National Archdiocese Convention annually. 

Teens also make a faithful commitment to Camp Three Holy Youths, the St. Nicholas Summer Camp that attracts over 100 campers every June from various different Antiochian Church’s. 

Advisors & Officers

V. Rev. Fr. George Baalbaki is the Spiritual Advisor and Father of the Teen SOYO chapter at St. Nicholas Church. Many of our Bible Studies and Retreats are conducted with his blessing and he plays a vital role in our Teen SOYO.

Claudine Batarse (Director)  is a dedicated member of the St. Nicholas Parish. She is active in all activities of the church such as Sunday School (Christian Education), and Young Adults Ministry. Claudine is one of the Youth Advisors for Teen SOYO, and holds a seat on the Parish Council Board as a representative for Teen SOYO.

Subdeacon Ilyan Baalbaki (Director) is also a dedicated member of the St. Nicholas Parish. He can be seen active in the Alter, Sunday School, Young Adults and so on. Ilyan is also the Youth Advisor and holds a seat on the Parish Council as a Teen SOYO representative.

Shadi Azar- Teen SOYO Advisor

Clemence Batarse- Teen SOYO Advisor

2020 Officers

Abdallah Batarse – President

Basem Hanhan/Nebiyou Elias (Job Share) – Vice President

Nicholas Saba – Treasurer

Sophie Aho – Secretary

Grace Hanhan/ Mia-Mary Hanhan (Job Share) – Social Media Liaison

Important Links