HOPE & JOY MINISTRY
FR. DEAN, PROISTAMENOS
The mission and goal of the JOY Ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen tem as they progress into junior high and high school.
A child’s world is changing rapidly – it is virtually impossible to keep up with every new trend and movement of their culture. Growing up in today’s society is a much more difficult task than it was in previous times. Our young people are being shaped by negative and destructive influences, ones that can and will define who they are and what they will become. Childhood is slipping away ay an alarmingly early age. For this reason, the positive teachings and traditions of the Orthodox Church must become a living presence in their lives. This makes ministry to our children a necessity.
The HOPE AND JOY ministry is based on the following four characteristic: WORSHIP (Liturgia), FELLOWSHIP (Koinonia), SERVICE (Diakonia), and WITNESS (Martyria).
Man is both a spiritual and physical being. The spiritual reality is not always expressed in the material world. In order to be true to oneself and to the Orthodox Faith, young people should strive to exemplify the faith. They must be a witness to their faith, offering a convincing word and verbal expression of this faith, to those they come in contact with.
All children from the 3 YEARS through 6th grade are encouraged and asked to become members of our JOY ministry. For more information, please speak with Fr. Dean