The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry for teenagers in our community from grades six through twelve. The mission and goal of GOYA is to lead our young people in the path of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ experiencing the Orthodox Faith.
In developing a personal relationship with God, becoming active sacramental members of the Church, our young people will grow through God’s grace in the areas of worship, fellowship, witness and service. The various activities throughout the year reinforce this mission and goal giving youth the tools necessary to help them on their journey toward salvation.
Such activities for GOYA include:
Paraklesis Services with Once a Month Group Dinner
Food, Clothing, and Toy Drives throughout the Year
Families worked together to make palms and eat dinner. We had breakout sessions for adults and youth of all ages including GOYAns discussing the theme "Do we live to die, or live to never die" while playing the 1960 version of the "Game of Life."
GOYAns volunteer their time and talents to serve as chanters, altar boys, collecting donations, greeters, and helping with the candles in the narthex. They also attend Sunday School and have a GOYA meeting.
Here are pictures of Viya Chrissafi and family at Saint Basil's Academy on December 10th for their annual Saint Basil Academy Christmas Party and Gingerbread House building where they spent the day with the children. We look forward to a trip in the Spring!