Greek Orthodox Church of the

Holy Resurrection

 

 

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2012

Parish Ministries

 

 

1400 Cedar Swamp Road, Brookville, NY 11545               Phone: 516-671-5200, Fax: 516-671-5205       E-Mail: office@resurrectiongoc.org

 

Table of Contents

Category

Ministry

Contact

Education

  Adult Continuous Education

Simeon Patestas

Education

  Bible Studies, Host

Ted Brakatselos; Fr. John Vlahos

Education

  Greek Dance Teacher Assistant

Anne Alexandrou; Elizabeth Horton

Education

  Greek School Teacher/Assistant/Substitute

Anne Alexandrou; Elizabeth Horton

Education

  Greek School PTA

Angela Panageas

Education

  Sunday School Teacher/Assistant

Tina Mihaltses

Elder/Sick Care

  Transport Sick/Aged

Athena Beaury; Fr. John Vlahos

Elder Care

  Visit Sick/Homebound

Athena Beaury; Fr. John Vlahos

Events

  Bake or Cook for Events

Leo Vandoros; Eleni Sackaris

Events

  Set Up & Decorate for Events

Athena Beaury; Nickie Demou, Eleni Sackaris

Events

  Parking for Special Events

Jamie Catacosinos; Alex Ipiotis

Events

  Facilities & Maintenance of  Grounds

Jim Xanthos; Cliff Hetzer

Festival

  Festival

Stella Hetzer; Cliff Hetzer

Fundraising

  Journal

Peter Koumoulis; Sotiris Panageas; Tony Brigis

Fundraising

  Raffle

Costas Zachariadis; Jim Xanthos

Newsletter

  Newsletter Support – Koinonia

Zefy Christopoulos

Other

  Environmental Projects

Jim Gabriel; Fotini Pettei

Other

  Food Pantry

Millie Gianoukakis; Effie Marie Smith

Other

  Sew & Alter Costumes and Altar Boy Robes

Eleftheria Brewster

Office & Administration

  Bookstore/Library/Office Assistant

Effie Marie Smith, Christine Zeiner

Philoptochos

  Philoptochos, Member

Athena Beaury

Philoptochos

  Coffee Hour, Host

Athena Beaury

Religious

  Bereavement Support Group

Zefy Christopoulos

Religious

  Choir/Chanter, Adult and Youth

Theodore Brakatselos; Fr. John Vlahos

Religious

  Prosforon & Kolyva Preparation

Effie Marie Smith; Fr. John Vlahos

Social Groups

  Parea Club

Ann Billias; Frank Albers

Social Groups

  Seniors Group

Aleka Bellidoro; Maria Verveniotis

Stewardship

  Church Ministries (Time & Talent)

Bill Chaimanis; Mary Patestas

Stewardship

  Fairshare (Treasure)

Jim Gabriel; Costas Vlavianos

Stewardship

  Membership/Outreach (Time & Talent)

Kathy Costas; Anne Vandoros

Stewardship

  National Ministries (Time & Talent)

Jim Gabriel; Fr. John Vlahos

Website

  Website Support

Jim Gabriel

Youth Programs

  Scouts

Tony Brigis; Dean Mihaltses

Youth Programs

  GOYA -Youth Leader/Assistant

N. Demos; A. Alexandrou; H. Fakatselis;  V. Paralikas

Youth Programs

  HOPE - Youth Leader/Assistant

Nickie Demos; Millie Gianoukakis

Youth Programs

  JOY - Youth Leader/Assistant

Nickie Demos; Patty Andreolas; Kelly Gatanas

Youth Programs

  Little Angels -Youth Leader/Assistant

Nickie Demos; Mimi Grabovenko

Youth Programs

  YAL

 

EDUCATION

Adult Continuous Education

Contacts: Simeon Patestas, sspcpa@yahoo.com;  516-621-9040

Adult Continuous Education will be offered on a specific topic given by a professional.  Each of these informative lectures will cover an important issue such as accounting and finance, legal matters such as wills and bankruptcy, and buying and selling a home.  The lecture will last about 45 minutes with time for questions and answers. Our Church’s ministries are designed to reach out to people belonging to our parish as well as friends of our parish, so please feel free to bring a friend. If you are interested in giving a lecture, please give me a call or email me and I will be happy to discuss with you any topic of interest as well as available dates.

Bible Studies, Host

Contacts: Theodore Brakatselos, thebrakat@yahoo.com; Fr. John Vlahos, FrJohn@resurrectiongoc.org

            Bible Study meets every Wednesday evening from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The selection for study has included the Old Testament and particularly the New Testament.

Greek Dance Teacher Assistant

Contacts: Anne Alexandrou, alexanasta@aol.com; Elizabeth Horton, ettahorton@gmail.com                        

            The Greek School program includes instruction in Greek dance. If you have experience in traditional Greek dances and wish to assist, please contact us. There is weekly instruction every Friday.

Greek School Teacher/Assistant/Substitute

 

Contacts: Anne Alexandrou, alexanasta@aol.com; Elizabeth Horton, ettahorton@gmail.com

            We offer a comprehensive program of Greek education for children of all ages, beginner through the Regents level. Students are placed in levels and sub-groups in accordance with their knowledge of the Greek language rather than grades according to their age. Therefore, children have an opportunity to learn at their individual level, in small classes, with experienced teachers. The Greek School meets once a week on Wednesdays or Fridays from mid-September until early June. Our beginner level meets on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm and the B, C, D levels from 4:30-7:30pm. Our A level meets on Wednesdays from 4:30-7pm. Our Regents level classes meet from 4:30-6:30pm on Tuesdays. The program consists of instruction in all of the following curriculum areas: Reading, Writing, and Conversation, Culture, Computer Technology, Dance and Performing Arts.

            During the academic year, special holidays and events are included where students perform plays, recite poems, sing songs, and dance. They include Christmas, Greek Independence Day, and Graduation. In addition, our Greek School participates in the annual Greek Independence parade in NYC and dances at our annual Greek Village Festival. If you believe you are qualified to be a Greek School teacher, assistant, or substitute, please contact us.

 

 

Greek School PTA

 

Contacts: Angela Panageas, apanagea@optonline.net

            The Greek School Parent Association is largely responsible for planning and fundraising events and activities. The Parent Association assists the school through donations of supplemental educational materials such as books, CDs, and computers. All parents are encouraged to participate in our Parent Association.

          Sunday School Teacher/Assistant     

Contacts: Tina Mihaltses, queendig4@msn.com

Our Sunday school mission is to reinforce and expand upon a child’s parental teaching of the Orthodox Church, its holidays, its saints, its traditions and its history; at the same time emphasizing the morals and values of the church, to help guide the child into becoming a strong Orthodox Christian.  Sunday school is from Nursery through twelfth grades, from September through May, from approximately 10:15 to 11:15. A child must be turning three by December of the year that he is registering. The eleventh and twelfth grades meet on alternate Sundays and on the days they do not have class, they are to give service to the church in altar, choir or Sunday school.  Children in seventh through tenth grades are expected to participate in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Children in grades one through eight attend bimonthly hymnology classes. The curriculum is that of the Department of Religious Education. The registration fee of $25 partially covers the cost of books and other materials.

ELDER / SICK CARE

Transport Sick/Aged

 

Contacts: Athena Beaury, abeaury@optonline.net; Fr. John Vlahos, FrJohn@resurrectiongoc.org

There are sick or homebound parishioners or community members who need to be transported to various places such as medical appointments, the bank, and the supermarket. Please volunteer your time to drive them to do their errands as they are not able to do them on their own.  Please call the church office and volunteer your time and assistance.

Visit Sick/Homebound

 

Contacts: Athena Beaury, abeaury@optonline.net; Fr. John Vlahos, FrJohn@resurrectiongoc.org

            There are sick or homebound parishioners or community members who need assistance. Please volunteer your time and visit parish family members who are either sick or shut-ins at home or in nursing facilities and bring the love of God and the love of our parish to them.  Help can be provided in a variety of ways including the delivery or preparation of meals or offering company and discussion. Please call the church office and volunteer your time and assistance.

EVENTS

Bake & Cook for Events

Contacts: Leo Vandoros, anne.vandoros@protravelinc.com; Eleni Sackaris, eleni825@yahoo.com

We have many events throughout the year that require cooking and baking. If you are interested in helping with any of these important events, please contact us.

Set Up & Decorate for Events

Contacts: Athena Beaury, abeaury@optonline.net ;  Nickie Demos, nickiedee@aol.com

We have a number of events throughout the year that require the Fellowship Hall and other areas of our beautiful church to be decorated. If you are interested in helping with any one event, please contact us.

Parking for Special Events

 

Contacts: Jamie Catacosinos, Jcat@laurelhill.com ; Alex Ipiotis, Alexi@islandphoto.com           

             During special events and services, we sometimes need help to ensure the parking is done efficiently and safely.  If you wish to volunteer your time and assist us with this very important ministry of our Parish, please contact the Church office.

Facilities & Maintenance of Grounds

Contacts: Jim Xanthos, James.Xanthos@ellimanpm.com ;  Cliff Hetzer, chetzer@optonline.net

The purpose of the Facilities Committee is to oversee the daily functions of the church as it relates to   the entire facility and grounds. Ensure that all procedures are followed which will result in effective and efficient means of managing the day to day operations of the property.  This includes the following areas: Review all service contracts on an annual basis, update a vendor service contact list, outline a maintenance calendar for all aspects of the facility, review the church’s equipment investment, and present suggestions based on full reviews to the PC for approval and implementation. We also maintain also maintain and improve the church grounds. Although the church contracts with a landscaper for its regular maintenance, suggestions are welcomed from anyone with ideas to beautify the grounds. All suggestions will be carefully reviewed by the committee for feasibility and budgetary approval.

FESTIVAL

Festival

Contacts:  Stella Hetzer, sh47@optonline.net;  Cliff Hetzer chetzer@optonline.net

            The festival is an annual event and biggest fundraiser, celebrating and showcasing our Greek culture and heritage with the community. It is a pure expression of the love we share as a church family when we work together as one body. Planning begins 8 months prior to the event which is always the second weekend in June. There are 16 committee members responsible for the entire operation with many others working as their assistants. Since building the new church, the festival has grown each year with the help of 350+ volunteers who help make it a success.

FUNDRAISING

Journal

 

Contacts: Peter Koumoulis, pkoumoulis@hotmail.com; Sotiris Panageas, spanagea@optonline.net; Tony Brigis, axbt72@aol.com

Typically once a year, we organize and print a journal to commemorate our wonderful parish and community. The production of a journal is a multi-step process and we welcome assistance in all areas. Please contact us if you are interested in assisting with the journal.

Raffle

 

Contacts: Costas Zachariadis, czachariadis@tmtechpartners.com; Jim Xanthos, James.Xanthos@ellimanpm.com

Every year at our Greek Village Festival, we offer tremendous raffle prizes as a form of fundraising for our parish. If anyone is interested in helping, please contact us.

NEWSLETTER

Newsletter Support - Koinonia

Contacts: Zefy Christopoulos, zefy@optonline.net

            Koinonia is our church’s newsletter.  It seeks to educate, entertain, and edify all members of the parish.  It carries a spiritual message from Father John Vlahos as well as scheduling information regarding upcoming religious services and parish events. Koinonia contains articles and photos describing the Parish ministries at work. As such, it is continually searching for new ideas, information, and/or help.  Parishioners are encouraged to submit topics and articles and we are always looking for help in writing or editing articles and laying out the articles in the newsletter template.

OTHER

Environmental Projects

Contacts: Jim Gabriel, jim@thegabriels.net ; Fotini Pettei     

               His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew, has called upon all our faithful throughout the world to pray    for and preserve the natural environment.  He has inspired us with words such as "It is not too late. God’s world has incredible healing powers. Within a single generation, we could steer the earth toward our children’s future. Let that generation start now.  Because – ΝΥΝ Ο ΚΑΙΡΟΣ -- now is the kairos – the decisive moment in human history, when we can truly make a difference."  In the past year, we have initiated projects at our parish in response to the call of our beloved Patriarch.  We have started a parish recycling program and have created Project Generation, in which our youth learn to emulate the efforts of Patriarch Bartholomew by engaging their peers in discussion on the environment and Orthodoxy.  We welcome volunteers who would like to participate in these or other efforts focused on the environment.

Food Pantry

Contacts: Millie Gianoukakis, hawaiianhoneymoon2000@yahoo.com; Effie Marie Smith, EffieMarie@resurrectiongoc.org

In order to help our neighbors who lack the resources to provide enough food for their families, our food pantry was created to assist these families during their time of need.  It is our policy to provide equal assistance to all qualified persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran’s status or disability.  Thus far, several families have received bags of pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, canned soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish, coffee, tea, cookies, cake mixes, toothpaste, baby items, shampoo and supermarket gift cards.  We have given many bags of similar items to help stock the shelves of the North Shore Sheltering Program, an emergency shelter for homeless men during the winter months.  Families have also come to us from the Glen Cove Housing Authority.  We ask the community to continue supporting the food pantry with food donations, grocery store gift cards and/or monetary donations.  Your assistance is critical in keeping the pantry open.

Sew & Alter Costumes and Altar Boy Robes

Contacts: Eftheria Brewster, erbrewster@gmail.com

If you know how to sew and repair garments, we can use your talent and expertise. Please contact us.

OFFICE & ADMINISTRATION

Bookstore Assistant:

 

Contact: Christine Zeiner, MyDrewZ139@aol.com

To enhance the spirituality of our church family and increase our knowledge of Orthodoxy, we have accumulated a wide selection of reading material for both adults and children which include Bibles, prayer books, service books, informational books and booklets, and other inspirational titles.  There are other items of interest such as prayer ropes, icon bracelets, CD's, medals, and crosses.  If you are looking for something in particular or for a specific title, please feel free to ask when the bookstore is open, and we will do our best to get it for you.  The bookstore is open most Sundays during coffee hour in the church hall adjacent to the patio area.  Our surplus books can also be found in the narthex.  All proceeds directly go to support our church.  Please stop by during coffee hour and see what we have to offer.  Our bookstore items also make great gifts for all ages and for all occasions.  Any suggestions on how we can improve our bookstore ministry are most welcome.

Library Assistant:

Contact: Effie Marie Smith, EffieMarie@resurrectiongoc.org

We require organization and help with the important documents and books in the library. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us.

Office Assistant

Contact: Effie Marie Smith, EffieMarie@resurrectiongoc.org

If you are interested in assisting our church office with various administrative tasks, please contact us.

PHILOPTOCHOS

Philoptochos, Member

Contacts: Athena Beaury, abeaury@optonline.net

            Philoptochos literally translates to “Friends of the Poor”, not only poor in financial resources but also poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability, and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life. In over 78 years of existence, we can proudly state that Philoptochos is the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the United States.  Your membership and support, along with that of thousands of women from across the nation makes it possible for dynamic philanthropic efforts on a national, regional and local level.  Our ever-changing society poses many challenges, but we all know the possibilities and power that can be unleashed when women come together to work on philanthropic projects.  Membership in this dynamic and growing charitable organization is available to every woman eighteen years or older in our community whether she is an active member, or a supporting member. Together we will make a difference.

 

 

Coffee Hour, Host

 

Contacts: Athena Beaury, abeaury@optonline.net

Coffee hour is an integral part of our weekly fellowship.  It is a great way to see familiar faces, meet new parishioners and make lasting friendships. Coffee hour is offered every Sunday, all year long, and is coordinated and managed by Saint Catherine’s Philoptochos. We welcome and need volunteers who would like to help.  All it takes is serving one or two Sundays a year in order to help us continue to provide this important ministry to our parishioners. 

RELIGIOUS

Bereavement Support Group

Contacts: Zefy Christopoulos, zefy@optonline.net

                  Coping with the loss of a loved one is a painful and sometimes it may seem insurmountable. Trying to cope with what the experts call "the new normal" without healthy, positive emotional support makes it even more difficult to continue with even the most everyday routine. A bereavement support group is a constructive way to cope with difficult situations and by helping ourselves, we can help others cope with their loss. Most often, we can find peace while sharing our feelings with others who can relate to your personal situation as we move through the seven stages of bereavement.  Initially, the Bereavement Support Group will meet at least once every month and with the frequency of the meetings subject to change as determined by the members. Father John will be available to offer spiritual advice and guidance. If the members of the group agree, we can invite mental health professionals to attend a meeting and offer their expert advice. 

Choir / Chanter – Adult and Youth

Contacts: Theodore Brakatselos, thebrakat@yahoo.com; Fr. John Vlahos, FrJohn@resurrectiongoc.org

The choir exists to bring together the voices of the Parish in praising His name and in leading the congregation in its chanting of liturgical responses.  The music is derived from the Byzantine tradition and is written in western notation.  The adult choir is composed of four vocal parts: sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses and is accompanied by an organist.  Rehearsals are held weekly, and all are welcome and encouraged to join.  The junior choir encourages our youth to learn the beautiful hymns of our church, and prepares them to eventually join the adult choir.  The junior choir is open to children grades 4 – 12 and is led by Anna Elias-Bonet.  If you have been blessed with the ability to sing, why not use your God-given talent to inspire others through song and prayer?

A chanter assists the priest by chanting the responses and hymns in the services or sacraments of the church. The chanters in the Orthodox Church represent the congregation. The Byzantine chanting is the dialogue between the people and the clergy. In other words, the chanting speaks for the people.  Chanters are responsible for the correct rendition of the church hymns in the Orthodox Church. A chanter typically has had training and has been working for years to perfect his skills.  Please contact the church office if you wish to be a chanter.

Prosforon  & Kolyva Preparation

Contacts: Effie Marie Smith, EffieMarie@resurrectiongoc.org;

            It is important to remember and pray for those who have passed on and to keep their memory alive and to help us heal. As Orthodox Christians, we believe that intercessions on behalf of the dead are possible through the fervent prayers of those remaining on earth (See Matthew 25).  We are a church made up of both the living and the dead. Kolyva are prepared on the fortieth day after the death of a loved one and on the one year anniversary of the death. Memorials may also be observed on the third, sixth, and ninth months, and the yearly anniversary. The departed may also be remembered during the scheduled Soul Saturdays throughout the church calendar. In addition, Prosforon is leavened bread which is prepared for the use in the Sacrament of Eucharist. It is made of pure flour and yeast, and is sealed with the seal bearing the inscription “Jesus Christ Conquers” (ICXC).   Please contact the church office if you know how to make kolyva and prosforon and are willing to help.

SOCIAL GROUPS

Parea Club

 

Contacts: Ann Billias, junobeach@aol.com; Frank Albers, frankalbers@live.com

            The Parea Club is open to all Church of the Holy Resurrection parishioners over 21. It is dedicated to the social aspect of community life.  The purpose the club is to encourage couples to get together for the purpose of making new acquaintances and friends and to help the church and the community in whatever way they can.  The club will organize social outings and evenings out.

Seniors Group

 

Contacts: Aleka Bellidoro, Koukla@optonline.net;  Maria Verveniotis, pamegamerf@optonline.net

            The Seniors Group represents the elders of the church. Through activities, the senior's can examine different aspects of their orthodox faith and have the opportunity to meet other senior members of the parish. In addition to the religious teaching, there are social activities planned such as outings and socials that contribute to building lasting friendships.

STEWARDSHIP

 

Church Ministries (Time & Talent)

 

Contacts: Bill Chaimanis, Vasilis@Chaimanis.com; Mary Patestas, mip11050@yahoo.com

We offer a wide array of ministries and are always interested in discussing and considering new ministries for our parish. Please contact us if you are interested in helping.

 

Fairshare (Treasure)

 

Contacts: Jim Gabriel, jim@thegabriels.net; Costas Vlavianos,

            Fairshare and stewardship is a way of life and critical to the financial well being of our parish.  We need to give of our Time, Talents and Treasure and by doing so we become more actively involved, grow spiritually and become effective stewards serving our fellow man and God.  This committee seeks to get more people involved in church life so that their connection to the church becomes closer, awareness to church needs is raised and thus giving increases. The goal is to sustain the parish on fairshare alone so that funds raised during special events can go to capital improvements.

Membership / Outreach (Time & Talent)

Contacts: Kathy Costas, kathycostas@aol.com; Anne Vandoros anne.vandoros@protravelinc.com

            The Membership ministry greets new and perspective parishioners to our Church.  Our mission is to make them feel comfortable in their new parish surroundings, to help them become actively involved in a ministry of their choice so that they in turn reach out the others and thus, continue the positive growth of the parish community.  In addition, our events facilitate fellowship such as the Welcome Back BBQ and our Name Day Event.  We update information packets to help new and prospective members become familiar with the activities, youth groups and ministries that we offer.  We serve as the liaisons for other groups that wish to begin new ministries in connection with fellowship thereby fueling the growth of our parish family.

National Ministries

 

Contacts: Jim Gabriel, jim@thegabriels.net; Fr. John Vlahos, FrJohn@resurrectiongoc.org

            Our Archdiocese participates actively, along with our fellow Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, in a number of vital ministries.  A few very notable examples are International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) which provides humanitarian aid to those in need both here and abroad; Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) which leads our campus ministry efforts at colleges throughout the country; and Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), which sponsors many worthwhile mission trips for both families and individuals, to help establish and support Orthodoxy throughout the world.  We seek individuals in the parish to serve as parish coordinators for one or more of these ministries, acting as a liaison with the national offices to keep our parishioners informed and engaged.

 

 

WEBSITE

Website Support

 

Contacts: Jim Gabriel, jim@thegabriels.net      

              Our parish website is an important resource to help provide information about our parish to both members and visitors.  Volunteers are requested to help maintain the website, both in terms of content and style.  Previous web site development or maintenance experience is requested from those interested in this ministry.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Scouts

Contacts: Tony Brigis, AXBt72@aol.com;  Dean Mihaltses, dukerx@msn.com

                  The Boy Scouts of America is a global organization, chartered nationally by the United States Congress, and founded over 100 years ago. Its mission is to help boys grow into strong young men, rooted in traditional family values. Its program consists of two distinct components. The first is woods wisdom – the development of an appreciation, care and enjoyment for nature and our environment and the ability to experience it respectfully. The second is the merit badge path- a series of individual learning modules taught by subject experts on topics ranging from camping, to hiking, to citizenship in the community, nation and world, to first aid, to athletics and personal fitness, to the trades (electricity, plumbing, carpentry) and to many others.

 

            Troop 72, sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection, is over twenty years old, and has served over 200 boys in that time, producing twelve Eagle Scouts, the highest rank and achievement in Boy Scouts. The troop is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Council, Shelter Rock District of the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS), sanctioned by SCOBA (Standing Committee of Orthodox Bishops in America). Troop activities range from hiking and camping to cooking and skills competitions to volunteer and charity work. Boy Scouts is open to boys, ages 11 to 17 years old. For further information, please contact Dean Mihaltses, Scoutmaster at 516.456.5030 or Anthony Brigis, Committee Chairman, at 516.759.5909.

GOYA - Youth Leader/Assistant:

Contacts: Anne Alexandrou, alexanasta@aol.com; Helen Fakatselis tikanis@optonline.net, Vivian Paralikas, Vivian@lithographics.net

The mission and goal of GOYA ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Orthodox faith, tradition and life. Teenagers should be in seventh through twelfth grades to participate. Fellowship opportunities are provided by many social, community service, and athletic events.  In addition, we actively participate in the Long Island INTERGOYA. Our meetings are held Mondays from 7-8:30. 

 

HOPE - Youth Leader/Assistant

Contacts: Nickie Demos, nickiedee@aol.com;  Millie Gianoukakis, hawaiianhoneymoon2000@yahoo.com

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 are integrated into the program.  The meetings involve prayer, short lessons with movement and discussion, arts and crafts, snack, and play time.  We meet once a month, on a Saturday morning, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  We learn children’s prayers, read parts of the Bible, paint ceramic crosses, make chocolate lollipops and key chains, write poetry, learn about the lives of several Saints, make icons, and we take a fun trip at the end of the year. 

JOY - Youth Leader/Assistant

Contacts: Patty Andreolas, pahristol@verizon.net; Kelly Gatanas, kgatanas@aol.com

            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 either with a Faith Focus meeting, arts and crafts, and/or social outing. JOY consists of sports which include soccer, basketball, and the Olympics which take place Memorial Day weekend.

Little Angels - Youth Leader/Assistant

Contacts: Nickie Demos, nickiedee@aol.com; Mimi Grabovenko, mimiandlia@gmail.com

Little Angels is for children from the ages of newborn to 4 years old.  It meets every Tuesday at 10:30 am in the Church nursery.  The children play, make crafts and even go on field trips throughout the year.

YAL

Contacts: