HOPE (Holy Orthodox Primary Education) and JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth) ministers to children in our community from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The mission and goal is to lead children together in becoming active sacramental members of the living Church and developing a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Throughout all the activities, the youth will be given the opportunity to express their faith and enjoy fellowship with other young people in their age group. By laying the foundation at these ages, they will have the foundation to guide them through their teen years.
Such activities for HOPE and JOY include: Basketball, Advent and Pascha retreats, food, clothing, and toy drives throughout the year, social outings and fellowship such as Board Game Extravaganza, family nights. and much more!
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The youth talked about the Saint Catherine Feast Day, being thankful, and a lesson on ordination to the Holy Priesthood focusing on vestments.
The youth enjoyed great fellowship with one another, their advisors (Eleni Kalioras and Christina Boutas), families along with Father Dionysios and Presbytera Maria!
The youth participated in all day activities reinforcing ministry, witness, worship and fellowship. HOPE and JOY learned about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
HOPE and JOY youth participated in the annual Christmas Pageant performed on Christmas Eve. It was a moving performance depicting the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
HOPE and JOY youth gathered together for an evening of Fall Fun! After eating dinner, the youth had a discussion on Safety for the upcoming Trick or Treating. They then discussed what it meant to love your neighbor, and how the two, safety and loving your neighbor, intertwine together as Orthodox Christians. Afterwards games were played which culminated with a pinata. Fun was had by all! Thanks to our HOPE/JOY Advisor Eleni Kalioras for her dedication and putting on another great event!