Youth / Young Adult Ministries

Mission of our Youth Ministry Program

To cultivate a safe and welcoming environment for kids by nurturing healthy relationships within the church family. We will teach the youth by building a strong foundation of knowledge, and together, we will experience the Orthodox tradition by following the four circles of youth ministry: Liturgia (Worship), Diakonia (Service), Martyria (Witness), and Koinonia (Fellowship), leading our youth to develop, by their own free will, a personal relationship with God and to pursue union with Him.

Youth Ministries

Faith (Birth-Preschool Age Children)

We meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Great Hall. Join us for fellowship and a lesson. Please consult the monthly newsletter, “The Messenger,” and the Sunday bulletin for current schedule.

HOPE (Grades K-2) & JOY (Grades 3-5)

We meet once per month during the school year and participate in group activities and games, as well as go on fun outings.

Junior GOYA (Grades 6-8)

We meet at St. Mary’s from 6:15-8:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month from September through mid-June. Please join us for a meal, fellowship, games, and group discussions.

Senior GOYA (Grades 9-12)

We meet at St. Mary’s and at private homes of the GOYAns from 6:15-8:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September through mid-June. Please join us for a meal, fellowship, games, and group discussions.

Parish Night

We meet at St. Mary’s from 6:15-8:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Join us for a prayer service, dinner, break-out group sessions (HOPE/JOY, Junior GOYA, Senior GOYA, and Adults), and wrap up. All are welcome to come!

 

For more specific information, please contact our Youth Director, Jon Klein, jon@stmarysgoc.org