FR. DEAN, PROISTAMENOS
ADVISOR: SULTANNA AND VASILI KOURPOUANIDES
The mission and goal of GOYA 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. The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers. Since GOYA is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program must reflect the Orthodox Faith, tradition and Life.
Our GOYA ministry is based on the following four characteristics: WORSHIP (Liturgia), FELLOWSHIP (Koinonia), SERVICE (DIAKONIA), and WITNESS (Martyria).
Fellowship is the way Orthodox Christians integrate their faith with daily life. It is sacred when Orthodox Christians gather together in our Lord’s name. The relationship of the Holy Trinity is the perfect model of Fellowship. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share perfect communion and exist in perfect love. By gathering together in fellowship, and by experiencing this love, we emulate the relationship of the Trinity, and develop our life in Christ.
All teenagers of our parish are encouraged and asked to become members of our GOYA Ministry. For more information, speak with either Fr. Dean OR SUSAN OR VASILI.