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Youth Ministry Overview and Handbook


GOYA is the ministry to the teenagers in the 7th through 12th grades. The mission and goal of GOYA is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith and is based on Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonia), Service (Diakonia) and Witness (Martyria). By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and becoming active sacramental members of the Church, our young people will be equipped with the tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. GOYA meets once a month and also participates in study, social and athletic events.


On designated Sundays, we will showcase the youth of our parish, as they will have an opportunity to: prepare the prosphoro for the Liturgy, be ushers, read the Epistles, present their St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival speeches/essays/poems, host coffee fellowship, along with other surprises. This is a wonderful opportunity to show that our youth are an integral part of our parish—that the youth are our parish!