HOPE (Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education) - Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth) - 3rd grade thru 5th grade.

These groups together serve the children of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America. Since JOY and HOPE are ministries, the orientation and implementation of the programs reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition, and Life.

The mission and goals of the ministries as outlined by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. Thereby, developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church.

By laying a foundation of faith at a young age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into middle school and high school.

Our group events include activities that combine fun and learning and spiritual development. These activities are designed to help form a basic understanding of Orthodox Christianity while helping the children to interact and make lifelong friendships.

For more information on our HOPE & JOY ministries, please contact us at  hopejoy@stnicholaswilmington.org .

The Four Characteristics

Our HOPE/JOY youth ministries follows closely the direction of the Archdiocese's National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and integrates the following four elements into all aspects of its program: Worship (Λειτουργία - Liturgia), Fellowship (Κοινωνία - Koinonia), Service (Διακονία - Diakonia), and Witness (Μαρτυρία - Martyria).

  • Worship (ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑ): As Orthodox Christians, we believe that God reveals Himself through Holy Tradition and Scripture. Worship is the sacramental expression of these, and is thus a very important element in ministering to our young people. It is important for GOYAn’s to be active sacramental members of the Church.

  • Fellowship (ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑ): Is the way Orthodox Christians integrate their faith with daily life. It is sacred when Orthodox Christians gather together in our Lord’s name. The relationship of the Holy Trinity is the perfect model of Fellowship. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share perfect communion and exist in perfect love. By gathering together in fellowship, and by experiencing this love, we emulate the relationship of the Trinity, and develop our life in Christ.

  • Service (ΔΙΑΚΟΝΙΑ): Christ came to serve, not to be served. Young people are urged to do the same. Therefore, we can honor and glorify God by loving and serving humanity in His name. Young people should use their God-given charismata (gifts) to serve.

  • Witness (ΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΑ): Man is both a spiritual and physical being. The spiritual reality is not always expressed in the material world. In order to be true to oneself and to the Orthodox Christian Faith, young people should strive to exemplify faith. They must be a witness to their faith, offering a convincing word and verbal expression of this faith, to those they come in contact with.

For the guidelines and more information on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Youth programs, please visit the archdiocese's Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries webpage.

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