On Sunday evening (February 8), our Teen SOYO was hosted by the teens of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for a great night of fellowship, fun, and humanitarian outreach.

The evening started with a wonderful dinner of Greek-style grilled chicken sandwiches on fresh pita, French fries, and brownies. After dinner and a very fun ice-breaker activity, the teens got down to the business of the evening and started assembling the hygiene kits that will be donated to our local Interact women’s shelter.

These kits contain basic toiletry items, towels, washcloths, coloring books, and crayons (many of the women moving through the Interact system have small children). They are given to women and children who are in extreme crisis and find themselves homeless, often due to domestic abuse. These kits provide necessities that help these folks get through extremely difficult times.

After the kits were assembled, the SOYO and GOYA met with Fr. Theodore Roupas, Holy Trinity’s new assistant priest, for a time of sharing. Father spoke to the teens about the need to think carefully about our witness as Orthodox Christians, especially when we interact with Christians of other confessions. This is a very timely message as many of our teens are about to head to college where their faith will be challenged in new and different ways.

Hopefully, this is only the first of many opportunities for fellowship and cooperation between our SOYO and GOYA groups. Many thanks to Holy Trinity’s Deacon Gavrilo for his persistence in getting this scheduled and for his great burden for outreach to our community (he is a great example to me!).

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