Greek Orthodox Youth Association
Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, Port Jefferson, NY
430 Sheep Pasture Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
To provide an environment where the teenagers of GOCA can experience, live, and learn their Orthodox Faith through:
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. GOYAn's can participate in worship through:
- Prayer and especially for those that are sick or in need
- Participation in the Divine Services and Sacraments of the Church
- Observance of the Church calendar, including the pre-scribed Feasts and Fasts
- Study of religious books and writings
- Learning Hymns, chanting in the choir, serving as an Altar Boy, Teaching our Sunday School
Fellowship 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. GOYAn’s can participate in fellowship through:
- Camp and retreat programs, church sponsored athletic programs, ethnic dancing, etc.
- Film, video and multimedia presentations and subsequent discussions
- Day, overnight or weeklong outings
- Volunteerism at the parish level
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.
Often times, we look at our youth and wonder how we can help them. We need to inspire them into a life of service. The question must be asked, “How can our young people use their God-given gifts for service to the needy, service to those less fortunate?” How can they be part of the people who respond to our Lord’s call in Matthew 25:31-46, to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit those in prison. This is the true meaning of service. GOYAn’s can participate in Service through:
- Local work projects to beautify and maintain the parish
- Outreach to the elderly, the sick, the less fortunate, etc.
- Support of missions abroad and at home
- Contributing to Archdiocesan, Diocesan, and parish ministries (St. Basil’s Academy, St. Michael’s, Hellenic College/Holy Cross, etc.)
- Volunteerism in a local soup kitchen, Ronald Mc Donald house, or other community charities
- Helping other organizations within our church
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. GOYAn’s can participate in witness through:
- Attending spiritual classes and reading about the faith
- Sharing the faith with one another and with others outside the group
- Inviting a non-Orthodox friend to a Church service or GOYA event
- Teach younger kids about our faith and making all feel welcom
- Sponsor a booth at a local Church Festival or community event to share the Orthodox Faith
As they grow and mature, both spiritually and physically, they will develop a commitment to God, the Greek Orthodox Faith and the Greek Orthodox Church.
GOYA which stands for Greek Orthodox Youth Association is a group comprised of 12-18 year old children, grades 7-12th. They participate in social, religious, philanthropic and sporting events either organized by our own Goyans or through Nassau-Suffolk Intergoya. They also participate in the Greek Olympics organized by the Archdiocese and held on Memorial Day weekend at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.
We meet every other Wednesday at 7pm in our Community Center.