Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Mission Statement: The mission of Saints Constantine & Helen Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to lead the youth of our church to salvation through coordinated programs that focus on worship, fellowship, service, and witness. Programs are coordinated through the Youth Committee. The Youth Committee works with the following church organizations and activities: Acolytes, Hellenic Youth Dancers, JOY/HOPE, GOYA, OCF, YAL, and Religious Education. The committee maintains liaison with the Parish Council and works with the Metropolis Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Vision Statement: Our church provides coordinated programs serving all the youth and families of the parish. These programs are recognized in the community as well as in the Metropolis of New Jersey as the best practices in their respective areas. These programs faithfully support the church’s mission, visions, and goals.
The Youth and Young Adults of Saints Constantine and Helen are the future of The Church. Just as they are involved in sports and other extracurricular activities, it is of even more importance that we keep them embedded and involved in the life of The Church.
Please contact our Youth Director, Mariam Canavos, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Acolytes (for boys ages 8-18 years)
Director: Barry Hendricks
A group of young men who meet the requirements of reverence, discipline, and appearance, and serve in the altar during worship services. Each acolyte is assigned to a team and serves once every three weeks. For the current acolyte schedule of service, please see the Main Menu in the lefthand pane of this webpage, and click on “Acolytes.”
Hellenic Youth Dancers (HYD) (for young people ages 5-18 years and up)
Directors: Bobby Garofalis, Kia Siokis-Roumeliotis, and Anna Yortzidis
Hellenic Youth Dancers was formed to preserve the Hellenic Culture by performing authentic renditions of Greek Folk Dancing. Practices for the youngest group, Fotakia, are held on Sundays following church services. Practices for the remaining groups are held Tuesday evenings. Youth are placed into different groups depending on age and ability level.
Director: Mariam Canavos
Junior Orthodox Youth, or JOY, is the ministry to 3rd through 6th grade children of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Since JOY is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
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 building on the foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into junior high and high school.
GOYA is the ministry to young persons age 12-18 of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Since GOYA is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.
The mission and goal of GOYA 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. GOYA meets at various times and holds events throughout the year.
President: James St. Martin
Vice President: Maria Stuebner
Treasurer: Yianni Tsimplekis
Secretary: Dean Peri
GOYA Advisors: Stephanie Peri, Viola Allen, Bobby Garofalis
OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) for College Students
OCF is a ministry opened to all college students by which they can come together for fellowship, prayer, and service. It is a way to rest yourself from your schoolwork so that you can give your soul some nourishment. Because college is such a big challenge, OCF offers a solid group of brothers and sisters in Christ who can stand by you during hard times and offer you family comfort when you are far from home.
The mission of OCF is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith (Acts 2:42). Furthermore, OCF will work to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life through:
- Communication between OCF's and with the larger Orthodox community
- Development of resources for local OCF's
Young Adult League is a ministry of the Church. It is not an organization or social club, but simply a gathering of the faithful who share the same ages and common interest. It is a spiritual ministry based on the theological beliefs of the Orthodox Church.
There are four main tenets of the Young Adult Ministries; Worship, Fellowship, Service and Witness. As Orthodox Christians, our worship is the living expression of God’s revelation through Holy Tradition and Scripture. Our fellowship is the way we integrate our faith with daily life. Our service is how we live our faith, by loving and serving our neighbor, and as we live our lives in faith, we become living witnesses of Christ to the world.