HOPE & JOY MINISTRY
FR. DEAN, PROISTAMENOS
HOPE AND JOY - Children 4 years to 12years/6th grade
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).
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
Terence and his Companions beheaded at Carthage; Gregory V, the Holy Martyr and Patriarch of Constantinople; Holy Father Theonas, Archbishop of Thessolonica; 150 and more Righteous Martyr Fathers of the Sacred Monastery of Pantocrator Daou Pentelis