Little Angels is focused on the youngest stewards of our Cathedral and meets biweekly.
Parents and grandparents join the children as they gather to learn the ABCs of Orthodoxy, and have fun doing it. During each session the children visit the Chapel of the Holy Wisdom where they light their candles, venerate the icons, learn how to make the sign of the Cross, etc. Other activities include field trips to the National Aquarium and the Maryland Zoo.
The Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education (HOPE) program is for children ages 5-8, and the Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) program is geared toward children ages 9-12.
Children at this age are very impressionable, and it is during this time that the most important work can be done. Activities include, retreats, field trips, excursions, and our Winter Bible camp.
Each dance group commits to authentic Greek dances from different parts of Greece and competes at the Folk Dance Festival [FDF] of the Metropolis of New Jersey. In addition, dance groups will perform at church festivals in and around the Baltimore area. There is a nominal annual fee to help defray the cost of costumes which we provide to each dancer.
Filakia: Entering Grades 1 through 4. As the youngest dance group, we help the children learn basic Greek dances and prepare them for the next dance group.
Diamantia: Entering Grades 5 through 8.
Evangelakia: Entering Grades 9 through 12.
GOYA is the ministry to junior high and high school grade Orthodox Christian teenagers. Our efforts lead our young people to experience the Orthodox Faith and to develop a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. GOYA also provides a valuable opportunity to develop long-lasting friendships through our faith and culture.
Some of our activities include: make blankets for Sarah's Hope, paint Believe mugs for cancer patients, sing Christmas carols at Assisted Living facilities, and answer phones during the radiothon for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
The Young Professionals, open to young adults between the ages of 19 and 35, work with other Orthodox Christians from around the United States to learn more about our Orthodox faith. Following high school graduation, many young adults disappear from the community and do not return until years later. It is our goal to reduce the time young adults do not attend church.