The Youth and Family Ministries of the Presentation of Christ
The right training of youth is likened to the training of Olympic victors. Fathers who bring up their children in the proper way are builders of temples in which Christ dwells and are the guardians of heavenly athletes. If a man trains his boy correctly, and the boy trains his son correctly, and so on, the succession of Good Christians will be like a golden chain.”
– St. John Chrysostom
GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America)
Are you between thirteen and eighteen, or in seventh through twelfth grade? Then GOYA is for you. Typically, the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) meets after Church School once a month. The GOYA plans activities that build friendships and nurture the mind, body and soul, including popular favorites such as lock-ins and snow tubing. GOYAns often participate in activities on the Metropolis and Archdiocese levels, such as summer camp, spring and fall retreats, athletics, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival and Ionian Village, as well as serving our community through preparing meals for the homeless, serving at parish events, and assisting with the needs of the as requested. Please join us to find out what other fun activities we have coming up!
Parents' Group and HOPE & JOY
Not quite ready for GOYA? If you are between five and twelve years old, The Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education (HOPE) and Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) are the ministries for you! The two groups meet together to learn about their Faith through play. Children in third grade and older are eligible to attend the Metropolis of Pittsburgh summer camp on the designated “JOY” weeks.
Our Parents' Group invites parents with children of all ages to discuss raising children with an Orthodox understanding. This group often meets in conjunction with HOPE & JOY.
Young Professionals Group
Our Young Professionals Group aims to help young adults aged 21 and over to build Christ-centered, long lasting friendships while connecting them to their Presentation of Christ Family. This group typically meets monthly for a social and/or service based event. Meeting locations vary from restaurants to the homes of members.
The Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah); Synaxis of the Russians who were perfected in France: Protopresbyter Alexios Mednedkov, Presbyter Dimitrii Klepinin, Mother Maria Skobtsova, her son Yuri Skobtsov, and Ilia Fondaminskii; Mother Maria Skobtsova, New-Martyr of France