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 discussed the importance of making Ecclesiastical New Year Resolutions (which means September for the Church) to make ourselves better. What can be done at home, school or church? We read the book "Glow" which talked about prayer, and then decorated faith boxes that included inside: an icon of Christ, three rocks (to remember to pray three times a day), a cross, the Lord's Prayer and a candle.
Father Dionysios began the year with several Agiasmos Services for Greek School and pictured here Sunday School! May everyone have a blessed year!
HOPE and JOY youth enjoyed an end of the year celebration and learned about Pentecost!
Congratulations to everyone for a wonderful year! God bless!
Congratulations to all the students, teachers and director for a marvelous year!
Our community participated in the parade celebrating our Greek heritage! Zhtw h Ellas!
After receiving the light of Christ at the Agape Service, the youth of the parish participated in an Easter Egg Hunt.
All youth participated in services, activities and projects throughout the day focusing on the theme Our Journey Following Christ.
Families worked together to make palms and eat dinner. We had breakout sessions for adults and youth of all ages around the theme "Do we live to die, or live to never die" and Lazarus being raised from the dead.
Students performed poems, songs, and dances in honor of Greek Independence Day! Zhtw h Ellas!
First Grade Sunday School students learning about Saint John Climacus and the Ladder of Divine Ascent, and the importance of the Cross of Christ on the Sunday of the Holy Cross! God bless you all!
This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe."
HOPE and JOY youth learned about Great Lent through Kyra Sarakosti, or Lady Lent. They learned the poem, and made their own out of dough. They later learned about Forgiveness Vespers and participated in a forgiveness circle. They also enjoyed a great pizza dinner and team building games! It was a great night for all!
Students in First Grade learned about the meaning of "Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand," Zacharias in the tree seeking Christ, and "beeing" humble.
Youth from throughout the Metropolis of Boston participate in a basketball league where they compete friendly with one another.
HOPE and JOY youth enjoyed a night of learning about the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then building Gingerbread Houses! It was a fun filled night!
The youth talked about the Saint Catherine Feast Day, being thankful, and a lesson on ordination to the Holy Priesthood focusing on vestments.
Fall Festival had fun games and pumpkin decorating!
HOPE and JOY youth learned about the Fast of the Holy Cross. They had great fellowship and worked on crafts together.
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.
During the fellowship meeting, the youth learned about the Ladder of the Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus.
Kyra Sarakosti-Lady Lent-Miracle of the Red Egg-Wheel of Lent
HOPE & JOY youth learned about the saints at their monthly fellowship meeting.
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 & JOY's annual Gingerbread House making is always a favorite!
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!