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Mission statement:

The goal of the HOPE & JOY junior youth group and ministry is to lead our children (ages 5-12) to experience the Holy Orthodox Faith. HOPE & JOY activities promote the children's learning and development as Orthodox Christians, as well as bonding and fellowship with their peers. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, our children will have something that will guide and strengthen them through life.

Overview of activities:


HOPE & JOY puts on activities that are meaningful and educational for the children. As an example, to celebrate the Epiphany, we read from a children's book the story of Saint John the Baptist, colored icons, and showed the children the Saint's icon in our church hall, answering their questions.


We also may participate in volunteer opportunities in the community (example: cheering on athletes at the Loudoun County Special Olympics' Annual Basketball Tournament).


Finally, we are always eager to take part in important church events (example: participating in the salutations services).

How to register:

To register your child(ren) for HOPE & JOY, please contact Coleen Pappas.

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