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    Christmas

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    The following PDF is a JOY session for the Christmas season. The goal is to teach the JOY kids about the real reason that we celebrate Christmas. This is done through reading Bible passages and discussing the simliarities of celbrating our own birthdays and Jesus' birthday. Read More

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    Cleaning my Temple

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    Objective For young people to realize that their body is a temple where Christ lives. They need to continually clean it, so God can shine through them in all they do. Read More

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    Confession

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    To prepare for this session, leaders should develop an understanding of the Sacrament of Confession. Talk to your priest and see if you can get a copy of the Confession Service so that you can discuss it with the young people. In the Our faith section of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website, you can read more about confession Read More

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    Directed Toward God

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    Directed Toward God, by Presbytera Georget Photos, is a lenten reading and craft for youth. Read More

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    Family of Faith

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    For children to explore how their family is a part of the Family of Faith, the Church, which has been passed down through the ages and grown through the grace of God, and is theirs to grow and cultivate. Read More

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    Gossip

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Read More

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    Gossip and Envy

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    Objective: To teach the group that gossip and hurtful words are harmful, because they hurt us and others, taking us away from God. Read More

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    Holy and Great Friday Retreat (GOYA, JOY, HOPE)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    Familiarize yourself with all the content of the session. Additionally make yourself learn about the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Visit the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for a wealth of information on this topic. Read More

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    Identifying Love with Christ: Holy Friday JOY Retreat

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    The following are lesson plans for a Holy Friday Retreat entitled "Identifying Love with Christ" geared towards JOY age (Grades 3-6) children. Goals for the participants are two-fold: to learn that God loves each of us; and to learn how to ask God for help. Read More

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    Let Your Light Shine

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    To children that Christ, the Light of the world, made them all with special gifts and talents. It is their job as Christians to find these talents and let them shine, reflecting the light of Christ. Read More

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    Making a Difference

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    To show children that they are capable of doing good to others, no matter how small their service may be. God calls us to love Him through loving others, and we can do this in small ways everyday. Read More

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    Memorial Service

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    To teach children the importance of remembering loved ones after they have fallen asleep, in the Lord. Read More

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    New Year's Resolution

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    Objective: That young people will begin to realize that resolutions are not just made once a year but during every day and every minute we should be resolving to live our lives closer to Christ. Through living a Christ centered life, we never try to accomplish anything without turning first to God. Read More

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    Prosfora

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    To learn about the making a Prosforo offering and what it represents. Read More

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    Role Models

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    Objective: The objective of this session is to encourage children to have positive role models, and that Jesus Christ is our ultimate hero and role model. Read More

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    The Baptism of Jesus

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    To begin to teach children about the Baptism of our Lord and how at their own baptism the Holy Spirit came to live in them. Read More

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    The Tree of Jesse: A Traditional Lesson Plan

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    The Tree of Jesse: A Traditional Lesson Plan, by Fr. Andrew George, is an advent activity for home, groups, or church school. Read More

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    United in Christ: Joy Session (Grades 3 through 6)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    A lesson plan for JOY children about the tragedy of September 11th. Read More