Greek Orthodox Youth of America
St Anna Greek Orthodox Church has a thriving GOYA Program headed by directors Maria Georgeles and George Coutros. The youth have represented the church respectively and eloquently in Metropolis events and have earned the praises of the community.
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since GOYA is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
GOYA is a ministry to junior high and high school grade Orthodox Christian teenagers. Teenagers should be in seventh through twelfth grades to participate. It is recommended that GOYA ministry be divided into two distinct groups, the junior high GOYA ministry and the high school GOYA ministry.
MISSION AND GOAL OF GOYA MINISTRY
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.
2016-17/REGISTRATION FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
Registration for new GOYANs begins in September. Any parishioner who is now of age (12 years old by October 1st, or in 7th grade) and would like to participate in GOYA, send an e-mail to Maria Georgeles (firstname.lastname@example.org) or George Coutros (email@example.com).
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