The Greek Orthodox Youth of America, or GOYA, is the ministry to teenagers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since GOYA is ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life. The mission and goal of GOYA 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 tem in their journey toward salvation.
As Orthodox Christians, we believe that God reveals Himself through Holy Tradition and Scripture. Worship is the expression of this belief, and is a very important element in a GOYAn's life. Ideas for worship activities include: Prayer at GOYA gatherings; religious retreats; observing the Church calendar, including Feast days and fast days; participation in church services; praying for those sick or in need.
By gathering together in fellowship and love, we integrate our faith with our daily lives. Some examples of fellowship activities are: GOYA Gatherings; bowling/mini golf; beach outings; Lock-Ins; activities with other Orthodox Christian youth groups.
Christ came to serve, not to be served. We should do the same! We serve God by serving others. Some service activities are: feeding Beacon House; IOCC Souper Bowl of Caring; assisting at church work days; working at the church festival.
We should be eager to share our faith with others! Serving as witnesses for Christ is a Christian duty. Some ways we can witness are: sharing what we believe with one another; inviting non-Orthodox friends to a church service or GOYA event; offering information about our faith with the public at the church festival.