GOYA - Greek Orthodox Youth of America
GOYA is a ministry of the Department of Youth of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In our Orthodox faith, we believe it is vital to gather our young in order to teach them the history and teachings of our Church. Our GOYA Ministry helps strengthen the relationship of our Orthodox Christian students in our faith and to enhance their personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In this Ministry we strive to educate and inform our young members of the Church, and encourage them to become active sacramental participants in the life of the Body of Christ. GOYA offers them the opportunity to experience the Faith, and help lead them to Salvation.
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Our GOYA group consists of young people in middle and high school aged 13 to 18. Our goal is to help our youth become counterparts, as they work toward understanding of our beautiful Orthodox faith. We offer our students the opportunity to join in activities that help bring them closer to God and the Church.
Weekly, we conduct lessons explaining all aspects of the Orthodox Church. We work to lead our students to experience all that our Holy Orthodox Faith can give them, to help them work toward their personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We encourage them to become active sacramental members of the living Church. We bring them lesson that will equip them with tools necessary to assist them in their journey towards salvation. We pray that the emphasis and application of our GOYA program reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition, and Life.
GOYA also offers our students fellowship with one another, guidance to give service to their church, and we involve them in social activities with their peers in their immediate group. They participate in retreats with other Orthodox youth in our District and Metropolis events. We participate in athletic events, as well.
Our drive and commitment to our GOYA youth is to help them understand their faith, help them be come one with our Savior, Jesus Christ, practice their faith, and continue to be a strong part of our Orthodox family and community.