St. Katherine Youth Choir is open to children and young adults. Our primary focus is learning hymns for monthly worship during the Divine Liturgy. We also sing contemporary Christian songs and use our music for benefit concerts and hospital ministering.
The Budding Angels group is the youngest youth program of the St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church community. Its members are children who are newborn up to three years old. The group meets once a month providing lots of opportunities for fun activities depending on the holiday season. Meetings usually take place at either parks(mainly during the summer) or at the Educational Center at our beautiful church. The mission of our group is not only to introduce church fellowship to our children but also to preserve the Greek Orthodox traditions using a fun educational way. Parents also benefit by joining our social circle- parenting can be challenging but it is always easier when you can share concerns with others. Events information is sent via monthly e-mails. Therefore, if you are interested to join us, please make sure you contact the group leaders so that we can add you to our distribution list. We will be more than happy to welcome you in our Budding Angels family!
Anelia Ordoulidis and Pamela Luna De Kanterakis
Little Lambs & Hope
Little Lambs & Hope is for pre-school - 2nd grade children. Forging friendships in the church at a young age is an important part of helping your child grow into faithful Orthodox Christian adults. Little Lambs and Hope fosters these special friendships and helps maintain them through the years.
Please contact the church office for more information
JOY is the Junior Orthodox Youth for all children aged 3rd grade through 5th grade. It is a national parish ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Led by volunteering parents and young adults, the mission of this ministry is to continue to inform St. Katherine’s youth into committed, loving, and enthusiastic Orthodox Christians, through worship, fellowship, fun, and service. Throughout the year, JOY children participate in a variety of activities that reinforce the life-giving teachings and traditions of the Orthodox Church. Activities are structured to bring together these youth in a spirit of love and joy, strengthening their relationship with one another, and with Christ. Connecting them with their faith and community at a young age, and encouraging them to truly engage their life in Christ, JOY youth participate in a variety of multifaceted programs tailored specifically to them and their age group. Requiring consistent participation by our parents can be truly effective, all families who wish to involve their youth- and themselves, in this ministry are strongly encouraged to do so. It is the responsibility of the parent to help get the children involved. With any questions or for further information please contact the Joy coordinators.
The Holy Order of the Myrrh Bearers is a Youth Ministry Program of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, open to all girls in the Sunday School Program from grades 3-12. The Order is based on the account in the Gospels of the women disciples and followers of the Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ who ministered to His needs and went to anoint His body with myrrh after His burial (Mark 15:43-16:8; Matthew 27:55-56; John 19:38-20:18). These women were faithful to Jesus to the end and were the first witnesses of the Resurrection. They are identified in the Bible as: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. The Order also represents the five wise virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) who were prepared to meet the bridegroom because they had oil for their lamps. Serving as a Myrrhbearer is a great opportunity for the young ladies of our community to be an important part of the Holy Week services and to serve our Lord.
Interested young ladies are invited to contact Deborah Korakis at (310)530-7394 or Zoi White at (310)541-2561 or after the Divine Liturgy during coffee hour and signup to participate in Holy Week services and other services as requested by Father Michael Courey.
The third Sunday of Pascha is known as the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
An outreach ministry sponsored by St. Katherine Philoptochos, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a one week half-day camp for children four years and older. It provides an opportunity for participants to have fun and make friends as they learn about God and our Orthodox Christian faith. High school and middle school students serve as leaders and junior leaders. Daily activities include: worship and lesson with Father Michael, songs, crafts, games, Bible stories, snacks, and fun.
Jr GOYA is the St Katherine youth group for middle-school-aged kids. We encourage faith, fellowship and service by facilitating monthly activities. Primarily through St. Katherine Youth (SKY) Night, youth are able to meet for opportunities of spiritual education - including small group time with Fr. Michael, service projects, and other fun and creative activities that unite them with fellow orthodox friends.
Based upon the Four Circles of Youth Ministry - Faith, Fellowship, Service, Witness - Sr. Goyans participate in activities throughout the year to support one another and the needs of our local community.
Contact: Sr. GOYA Youth Advisor