Starting this September with the new ecclesiastical and academic year, we are looking to redesign and revive our Youth Ministries! Our vision is to begin each month with our GOYA (9-12th grade), Jr. GOYA (6-8th Grade), and JOY (3-5th Grade) gathering together at the church for a brief service and meetings. Each group will then break off into their own meetings supervised by a parent adviser and with the help and spiritual guidance of Fr. James, Fr. Timothy, and Yianni. These brief, 1-hour meetings will allow our youth to take ownership of their own ministry by planning events and philanthropies while growing together in Christ as well as gaining leadership skills. We are very excited about this new format and are thankful for your prayers and support!
ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRIES
The mission and goal of youth 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.
GOYA, Jr. GOYA, and JOY are ministries of the Church. It is not an organization or club, it is simply the faithful of the Church who share the same grades, ages and common interests. It is a spiritual ministry, based on the theological tenets of the Orthodox Christian Faith.
HELLO FROM YIANNI
Hello! My name is Efstratios Magoulias, but feel free to call me Yianni. I am the new Pastoral Assistant here at the Annunciation Parish. I recently graduated from Hellenic College, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology as a seminarian with a Master of Divinity. We have lots of great events in mind for this year, but it all begins on Sundays with the Divine Liturgy! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns and do not forget to introduce yourself. We'll see you soon! Magoulias@AnnunciationSac.org
OUR YOUTH MINISTRIES
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) is the ministry to 9th to 12th grade age range of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
The Junior Greek Orthodox Youth of America (Jr. GOYA) is the ministry to 6th to 8th grade range of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
The Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) is the ministry to 3rd to 5th grade range of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Archdiocese info: Visit the Archdiocese Youth Ministries page
Upcoming GOYA Events:
- August 31st | Annual GOYA Outing to Cal Berkeley Football Game | Reserve your spot now!