“Fathers and mothers: Go and lead your child by the hand into the church.” -Saint John Chrysostom
We often hear the youth of a parish being described as “the future of the Church.” We at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church believe that children are the Church. We love our youth, and their presence reflects the life of the parish – from teenagers down to the smallest infant. As the old saying goes, “What is worse than a crying baby in church? No crying babies in church!”
It is for this reason that the Youth Ministries Directory has been created. Within this directory you will find all the ministries the Annunciation offers to our youth throughout the ecclesiastical year. A description of each ministry, along with how you and your family can participate is presented. We hope that through these ministries, your family will grow closer to Christ and His Church!
“The primary lesson for life must be implanted in the soul from the earliest age. The primary lesson for children is to know the eternal God, the One Who gives everlasting life.” -Saint Clement of Alexandria
Our Youth Ministries include:
Acolytes - The young men of our parish who assist the clergy in the Holy Altar during the divine services.
Sunday School - The youth religious education classes of our parish.
Christmas Program - Our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord.
St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival - A festival where the youth of the parish offer talks on their faith.
GOYA - Our youth program for middle school and high school students.
JOY - Our youth program for elementary school students.
Athenian Dance Troupe - Our Greek folk dance group.
St. Nicholas Camp - The summer camping program our parish attends.