(GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH OF AMERICA)
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, ministers to young people ages 13-18. Teenagers should be in sixth/seventh through twelfth grades to participate, depending on the how junior high/middle school is structured within your area. It is recommended that GOYA ministry be divided into two distinct groups, the middle school GOYA ministry and the high school GOYA ministry. Since GOYA is ministry of the church, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
All Youth Ministries aim to present the children and youth of our community with a continuum-based ministry; integrating them into a more complete participation of the Liturgical life of our Orthodox Faith.
GOYA provides the young Greek Orthodox Christians of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, DC an opportunity to advance and strengthen the relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The goal is to encourage them to become active Liturgical participants in the life of the Body of Christ. This is accomplished through the four ecclesial characteristics of Diakonia (Service), Martyria (Witness), Liturgia (Worship), and Koinonia (Fellowship).
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On Sunday, Nov. 8, GOYAns attended our annual bonfire on our beautiful church grounds.
Our teens were challenged to come prepared to discuss the question, “Have you ever thought what God’s calling is in your life?”
It’s a very thought provoking question and one that can be difficult to answer. It’s a question that requires a lot of thought and reflection, but there was some great insight and thoughts shared.
We’d like to thank Ms. Georgia Ferentinos for facilitating this very valuable discussion. We’d also like to thank all the teens who opened up to this discussion and shared their thoughts with us.
We look forward to more dialogue like this. GOYAns and their families are encouraged to come to church; for without the Divine Liturgy being a consistency in our lives, questions like these will be far more challenging to be a part of.
Come to church, open your hearts, quiet your minds and listen to hear HIM work in your life!