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.

Young Adult Ministries

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

This group of college students meets regularly every other Thursday, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the Newman Center, 1203 5th Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, to discuss issues based on faith, current topics, and for fellowship with other Orthodox students or those young adults seeking to understand Orthodoxy. Enter via the courtyard door.

For more information, or to find a chapter near you, visit the OCF website.

Young Adult League (YAL)

Welcome to St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (YAL)!

YAL is the ministry group that serves the college student, young professional and young adult communities (ages 18-30) of the Minneapolis St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church. YAL is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to get more involved with our Orthodox faith, based on YAL’s four pillars of Worship, Witness, Service, and Fellowship.

How to Join: Members are between the ages of 18 and 30. YAL allows young adults to connect. If you’d like to join, or are interested in learning more about YAL activities refer to the contact information below.

Four Pillars of YAL: The mission of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League is to cultivate and educate our young adults, leading them to be an integral part our faith at church. By utilizing the four circles of Christian living – Worship, Witness, Service, and Fellowship, young adults are integrated into the life of the Church, enabling them to become active members of the body of Christ. YAL activities will focus on these four pillars.