Panos Lagos, President
Mission Statement: The mission and goal of the GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) ministry, is to lead our young people, ages 13-18, 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 National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries recommends that the GOYA ministry be based on the following four characteristics: Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonoia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria).
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GOYA BOARD 2016-2017
President: Panos Lagos
1st Vice President: Stephanie Vazquez
2nd Vice President: Alexandra Lagos
Treasurer: Alex Cameron
Recording Secretary: Stratis Bohle
Corresponding Secretary: Iliana Tzafolias
Historian: Anna Moratis
Sergeants at Arms: Niko Bohle and Maria Wuerker
Faye Kranis, Girls Coach: 571-214-4835
UPCOMING GOYA ACTIVITIES (subject to change) PLEASE MARK ON YOUR CALENDARS!
We try to offer many different activities to our teenagers, realizing that not everyone is interested in the same things. If you have an idea that is not presented on this page, please contact Fr. Costa Pavlakos, Nick Junes, Presv. Pauline Pavlakos or Mrs. Maria Wills.
Youth Church Duty Schedule and Captains/Epistle Readers**
- May 14: Sunday School rep, Captain and Epistle Reader
This is a list of tournaments in which we will, most likely, participate during the 2016-2017 GOYA year. More will be added as we receive invitations and our calendar permits. We go to one "away" tournament where we spend the night). Fr. Costa must approve our participation in any GOYA-sponsored event. GOYAns must be in church (on time) for Liturgy, help at our church festivals, and participate in at least one GOYA community service project (Feed the Homeless in DC on Christmas morning and/or Feed the Homeless at Bailey's Crossroads Homeless Shelter in January) in order to participate in tournaments. Remember, if there was no Greek Orthodox Church, we would not have GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) basketball.
9/12 – Tuesday – Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
9/16 – Saturday – GOYA Kick-Off – Vazquez House - 12pm noon
9/23 – Saturday – Service Saturday – Columbia Baptist 8:45am-12pm
9/24 – Sunday – Youth Church Duty/GOYA Meeting
9/26 – Tuesday – Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
9/30-10/1 – St. Nicholas – Baltimore- GOYA Basketball Tournament
10/6-10/8 – FRI-SUN - Saint Katherine Greek Festival
10/10 – TUE - Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
10/14-10/15 – SAT-SUN- Richmond Lock-In
10/21 – SAT - Service Saturday
10/22 – SUN – Youth Church Duty/GOYA Meeting
10/24 – TUE – Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
10/28-29 – Saint Sophia GOYA Basketball Tournament
11/4-11/5 – SAT-SUN – Saint Katherine GOYA Tournament/Youth Church Duty
11/7 – TUE – Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
11/18 – SAT – Service Saturday
11/21 – TUE – Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
12/2-12/3 – SAT-SUN – St. George Bethesda GOYA Tournament
12/5 – TUE – Bible Study and Fellowship - 6:30-8pm
12/17 – SUN – Youth Church Duty/GOYA Meeting
12/23 – SAT – Assemble Bags for Homeless
What is Camp Good Shepherd Virginia?:
This is an overnight summer camp for the state of Virginia in the Metropolis of New Jersey. It is an opportunity for the youth of our communities to come together from all over the state to develop lasting relationship with their peers and with Christ and their Orthodox Christian faith. The camp is headed by the local clergy and youth directors and staffed with well trained college and young adult counselors. They will be participating in various outdoor activities (canoeing, rock wall climbing, archery, etc), skits, Olympics, bonfires and more. They will also learn about their Orthodox Faith and participate in the rhythms of the liturgical life of our beautiful Orthodox Church. It WILL be the most enjoyable thing your child participates in throughout their entire summer and probably their whole year!
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The Camp is located at Camp Piankatank (1586 Stampers Bay Rd, Hartfield, VA 23071) about 30 minutes north of Glouster point on the middle peninsula, or about 1.5 hours from Annunciation, Norfolk or 1.5 hours from Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Richmond. The camp is a stunning property located right along the Piankatank River.
Camp is for kids who have completed 5th grade through 12th grade. kids will be placed in cabins with trained counselors of kids of their own age and gender.
Camp is run in the cabins by college age and young adult counseling staff who have gone through an Archdiocese training program and are thoroughly prepared for the rigors of the week. The staff that we assemble every year are there because they Christ and their Orthodox faith and want to share this with the children.
If you would like to learn more about camp please contact Nick Junes firstname.lastname@example.org
Archdiocesan GOYA Guidelines
These Archdiocesan Guidelines are offered to assist the local parish in continuing to create, enhance, and improve their GOYA ministries. These are guidelines – not by-laws. They are in no way intended to be the ultimate authority in GOYA programming. Rather, they are intended to guide the youth worker in the fundamental tenets of the GOYA ministry. These Guidelines have been reviewed and revised by the Archdiocese Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team, which is comprised of each Diocese (now Metropolis) Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry throughout our Archdiocese.
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*The office of president shall be served by a high school senior. If no senior runs for the office of president, a junior may serve. The president may serve no more than one 1-year term, to allow for more GOYAns to have that leadership experience which will enable him/her to put that information on their college applications. In order to hold an office on the GOYA board, the GOYAn's parent(s) must be stewards of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church. In addition, in order to hold the office of president, the GOYAn must have served on the GOYA board in another leadership capacity for at least one year.
**Again this year (the second year), GOYA and Sunday School will share the responsibility and honor of serving Church Duty. GOYAns must participate in the Liturgy in some way on church duty Sundays (in the pew, in the altar, or in the choir). Fr. Costa expects regular (weekly) participation of GOYAns in the Divine Liturgy.
11th Sunday of Matthew; Samuel the Prophet; Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Stephen, First King of Hungary; Hierotheos, Bishop of Hungary; Oswin the Martyr, King of Deira