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.
Director of Youth Ministries: Mariam Canavos
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, and Diane Kokorelis Pearce
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.
JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth) / HOPE (for elementary school children)
Director: Helen Micha
JOY is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ministry to 3rd through 6th grade children. HOPE is for children ages Kindergarten through 2nd grade. JOY/HOPE does a mix of activities throughout the year.
GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) (for young people in 7th-12th grades)
GOYA is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ministry to teenagers. The group does a variety of activities, including but not limited to retreats, socials, basketball tournaments, and service projects.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) (for college students)
The mission of OCF is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness 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. Our parish of Sts. Constantine & Helen ministers to the Orthodox college students at both the College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University. For more information about OCF at William & Mary, visit the group webpage at: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/orthodox. For more information about OCF at CNU, please contact Mariam Canavos.
Young Adult League (YAL) (for young adults ages 18-35 years)
The YAL is the ministry to young adults of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Youth Choir (for young people in 3rd-8th grades)
For more information about Youth Choir, please see the Choir page.
Director: Helen Micha
The purpose of the Religious Education program and ministry is to develop and administer the Religious Education programs of the Parish including Youth Catechism, Adult Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, Speakers and Special Events. Church School classes for children ages 3 (and pottytrained) to 12th grade meet weekly from September to May immediately following Holy Communion. Our Religious Education program also sponsors the annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival in the spring of each year, as well as the annual Vacation Bible School program, which is typically the last week of June. Contact Fr. George for more information about the Adult Education class, which takes place on Wednesdays during the academic year in the church library.
Our Youth Ministry program also encourages summer camp attendance at our Metropolis of New Jersey summer camp, Camp Good Shepherd. Special events, such as parish family nights, are also scheduled periodically.