St. George Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) is a group of teenagers, ranging in ages between twelve and eighteen, who gather for a few events each month to focus on community involvement, volunteerism in the Church, fellowship and Spiritual Development to grow emotionally, morally, physically and spiritually together as a Body of Christ.
It is a must that teens of the Orthodox Church, and all teens, are able to experience the work of being involved with communities. We have been blessed to participate in programs like Feed My Starving Children, which is a non-profit organization that brings communities together as a service project to package food for those less fortunate to be shipped internationally. We also hold a raking event in the fall to help the surrounding community.
Our Teen SOYO has volunteered to serve dinners at the Church, helped with our Middle Eastern Festival and worked at FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) serving the homeless of the Twin Cities on Sunday evenings. These volunteer events have really strengthened the bond between the teens, leaders and people we come in contact with while being able to do an incredible service to those around us for Christ.
Fellowship is something that we focus on as the social aspect of this group.
- Spiritual Retreats
- Lock ins
- Pizza and movie nights
- Bon fires
We have developed monthly SOYO Sunday’s that is our focus for Spiritual Growth. This has been a wonderful way for our teens to get to know spiritual advisors, mentors and lay people of our church. For one hour, on a chosen Sunday, we gather as a group in the Teen Room and have a guest speaker come to discuss a previously selected topic and have a “Q & A” session with us. This is a relaxed atmosphere where the teens can discuss issues openly and honestly while asking questions with an answer from what our Faith states/proclaims.
While we are still growing and learning, we are so proud of the Teen SOYO. We are always welcoming new teens and friends to our SOYO. We invite you and your families to our group. Please, contact Fr. John Chagnon (contact information below) for more information about our upcoming SOYO events or check the church calendar of events! We would love to have you join an outing or for our next SOYO Sunday!
“Let no one despise your youth, but be and example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
Reverend Father John Chagnon
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