The Teen SOYO Movement seeks to integrate each young person fully into the Total life of the Church. SOYO brings its members to a deeper devotion to the Holy Orthodox Church, its faith, canons and worship. Teen SOYO creates and fosters ministries to encourage Members to commit themselves to living the Orthodox Faith daily.
The combination of Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship are the natural expressions of that commitment. We define these expressions as follows:
Teen SOYO at St. John's is open to all youth 6th grade to age 19.
TBD - September Social Event & SOYO Elections
We intend to hold a fun social event that allows everyone to get to know each other, including all of our new faces - we'll also elect SOYO officers for the coming years.
Save-the-Date - 24-26 September - Antiochian Village Eastern Dioceses Teen Retreat This is a weekend retreat the Village to gather the teens together - we've missed you all so much! More information to come!
Annual Corn Maize Fellowship & Teen SOYO meeting - 26 September - Teen SOYO will hold a brief meeting after Sunday school to elect new officers and then head to Maize Quest: Cost $13. Rides can likely be provided. While they've increased their capacity this year, we will still need to buy tickets online in advance at a certain start time TBD @ 2pm. Please let me know if your teens would like to join for headcount.
October is Youth Month! In this month, all of our teens are encouraged to serve and participate in the Life of the Church - especially the Divine Liturgy. Sign-ups to come.
Vespers & Stargazing - 9 October - Vespers starts at 6pm, Star gazing till @9pm. The teens are invited to join Fr. Peter and his telescope to tour the October sky and discuss the Glories of the Heavens. Friends are always welcome.
TBD - Teen Pilgrimage to Kardiotissa and/or Off the streets Lancaster I'm currently working on planning a teen pilgrimage to visit the Kardiotissa - the miraculous myrrh-flowing icon of the Theotokos in Taylor, PA. We have been invited to come on a Saturday at noon.
Once that date is sorted, I'd then like to plan another Off the streets Lancaster date.