Our Youth Commission strives to involve the youth of our parish in the various religious, social, cultural and athletic programs that are available; to actively promote the parish youth programs and to increase participation therein; to coordinate the calendar of activities among the various youth groups; to open the lines of communication among and between the leaders of the various youth groups; to seek parental input and assistance in the planning and operation of the various programs. The Youth Commission holds quarterly meetings, under the leadership of Chairperson Neofitos Sarigiannis. If you have any questions, please contact Neo at [email protected] or (516) 671-5200 and he will direct you to our wonderful Youth Advisers.
Junior Orthodox Youth, or JOY, is the ministry for children of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America from ages 7-12. Since JOY is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
JOY meets once a month and incorporates Faith Focus, arts and crafts,and/or social outings, and sports which include soccer, basketball, and the Olympics which take place Memorial Day weekend.
The mission and goal of GOYA ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Orthodox faith, tradition, and life. it is for teenagers in eighth through twelfth grades. Fellowship opportunities are provided by various social, community service, and athletic events. In addition, we actively participate in the Long Island INTERGOYA. Our meetings are held twice a month.
Children ages 4, 5, and 6 are invited to join our HOPE (Holy Orthodox Primary Education) ministry. The mission of HOPE is to strengthen the relationship of young Orthodox Christians with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The four elements of worship, fellowship, service, and witness will be integrated into the program. The meetings will involve prayer, mini-lessons with movement and discussion, arts and crafts, snack, and play time. We will learn children’s prayers, read parts of the Bible, paint ceramic crosses, write poetry, learn about the lives of several Saints, make icons and take fun trips.
Our group is geared for Ages Birth to Three yrs. including Angels in the womb & their Caregivers to be, are included. We will meet at church for play, matt time, stories, and take a trips to visit places that include martin viette fall festival, Long Island Children's Museum, Holy Cross monastery candle making, Nassau County Art Museum to name a few. Additionally, once in the fall & Once in the spring we will have a Moms/caregivers night out open to ALL.
Our parish is proud to sponsor Boy Scout Troop #72 and Cub Scout Pack #72, community based units that do all the usual Scout things. In addition, they include activities special to an Orthodox sponsored unit – such as the annual Eastern Orthodox Scout Retreat, trips to Holy Cross Seminary in Massachusetts, preparation for the Orthodox awards, etc. Though we do not sponsor directly Girl Scouts, we do have our affiliated Girl Scout Troop in which our parishioners serve and participate. Please contact Dean Mihaltses [email protected] or Anthony Brigis [email protected] [email protected] if you have any questions.