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Oratorical Festival

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O.C.F.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.  Our mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the...

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Annunciation Dancers

The glue that bonds our community has long been our Hellenic Culture. In addition, Folk Dancing has been a unifying part of our culture. Our Cathedral’s dance troupes bring together our children ranging from 3 through 18 years of age. Since its inception, our young have dedicated themselves to the perpetuation and sharing of their rich cultural heritage with many Hampton Roads audiences.  The Dancers have researched and amassed a repertoire of over 300 dances, songs and traditions from virtually every part of the Hellenic World.  Aside from our Cathedral’s Hellenic Festival, our dancers have performed by special invitation at the NATO Azalea Festival, and at various school, cultural, civic, and social events.  Our children have also brightened the day for many at some of Norfolk’s senior homes. Hellenic Dancers: Grades:  9th-12th Contact Person:  Aliki Pantas Phone:  (757) 440-0500 Email:    Zoe Dancers: Grades:  3rd-5th and 6th-8th Contact Person:  AnnaMaria Stepanovich Phone:  (757) 440-0500 Email:  amstepanovich@gmail.com   Agape Dancers: Grades:  Pre-K – 2nd Contact Person:  Anna Manning Phone: (757) 440-0500 Email: agcmanning@yahoo.com...

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Acolytes – Altar Servers

Acolytes or Altar servers assist the clergy during services. They might carry the cross, candles or liturgical fans in processions and entrances; maintain the censer, ensuring it has enough live charcoal, loading it with incense and handing it to the priest when required; preparing the hot water (zeon) in time for it to be added to the chalice at the Divine Liturgy; prepare the antidoron for the people to receive after Holy Communion; and any other necessary tasks. Altar servers must be on time each Sunday and participate at the special services throughout the year.  ...

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Greek Orthodox Youth of America (G.O.Y.A.)

G.O.Y.A. (Greek Orthodox Youth Association), is the ministry to teenagers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for the purpose of fellowship, worship, service, and witness.  Retreats and Camps are an integral part of the program.  Since G.O.Y.A. is a ministry under the advisement and spiritual guidance of the Proistamenos/Dean of the Cathedral, the orientation and implementation of the program reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life, including a well-rounded program of religious, cultural, athletic and social activities. G.O.Y.A. is a ministry to junior high and high school grade Orthodox Christian teenagers.  Teenagers should be in 7th through 12th grades to participate. The goal of the G.O.Y.A. 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 them in their journey towards salvation. We are very proud of our G.O.Y.A. because it is a place where young people come to learn and grow as Green Orthodox Christians in today’s society.  We have also experienced that many people make new friends and experience their Faith and culture in a loving environment. IOCC Volunteer Spotlight: Our Norfolk GOYA has donated $500 from frappe sales to IOCC’s life-saving response in Greece.  IOCC GOYA Article and Picture Contact Person:    Linda Meares Phone: (757) 440-0500 Email:...

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H.O.P.E./J.O.Y.

H.O.P.E .(Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education) is a ministry to Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and J.O.Y. (Junior Orthodox Youth), is a ministry to 3rd through 6th grade children. Our H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. Ministry is also open to all siblings ages 3 and older.  Since J.O.Y. is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life. We strive to help our children develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our young people are being equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation.  By laying a strong foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into junior high and high school. Contact Person: Kelly Pedos Bredologos  Phone:  (757) 440-0500...

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Annunciation Nursery

Our Nursery program is available for infants through 3 yrs old. The Nursery is open and available to all families with children under the age of 3 during the Divine Liturgy. Our Nursery is staffed with two volunteers from September through June while the Church School is in session.  The Annunciation Nursery is open and available to all Annunciation Members and Guests on Sundays during the Liturgy. We welcome back all our dedicated volunteers for another great school year.  We hope that all our families enjoyed our “lessons” last year and are eager to continue with the lessons again this year.  We have been working hard over the summer months to get the lessons together for the children.  We would also like to welcome our new volunteers.  As always, we hope that new families to our community will stop by the nursery and let us introduce ourselves. To Get Involved Contact:  Tricia Smigel, tricia.smigel@pilotonline.com  ...

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Greek School

Convening after school Monday through Friday our Greek School body is dedicated to the education of our youth in the Greek Orthodox Faith, Greek Language and Culture. To assist our children, under the supervision of our clergy, we employ teachers qualified in all aspects of Hellenism. Our Greek School Parent Teacher Organization is composed of our clergy, educators, parents and grandparents of our student body. The PTA actively supports and participates in the school programs and endeavors to help cultivate our children’s interest and love for the Greek Language. We also support our Cathedral groups in the coordination of cultural programs and events. Greek School Registration Form 2013-2014 Greek School Calendar 2013-2014   ...

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Religious Education

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6 The Orthodox Faith is our children’s Salvation.  The way we teach our faith will have a life long affect on their lives. The Religious Education Program at the Annunciation Cathedral is tailored under the auspices of the Religious Education Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Ranging from Preschool thru 12th Grade our program challenge and enlighten the Youth of our parish. Our program also offers nursery care during Sunday Liturgy for children up to 3 years of age. Religious Education Registration Form Contact Person(s):  Martha Pantelides Phone:  (757) 440-0500...

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Youth Ministries

Cathedral Youth Programs Our mission is to lead our youth into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith by developing a relationship with Christ and His Saints. By becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our youth will be equipped with the tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them through life. Youth Ministry Handbook SUMMER YOUTH CAMP The Annunciation Cathedral offers an annual summer youth camp for children who are rising 1st graders through graduating 12th graders.  Summer camp includes: Bible study, games, sports, ponies, arts & crafts, lunch and snacks, special guest speakers, fellowship and much more!  The camp hours are from 9 am – 3 pm, Monday – Friday. This year the camp will take place on June 26-June 30.  TO REGISTER: 2017 registration + medical Mail completed forms (registration & medical) along with your check payable to: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral c/o Youth Day Camp 7220 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505 For more information, please contact Linda Meares at (757) 424-9662 or email agocyouthcamp@gmail.com. Our Youth Camp is run solely by volunteers.  And we can always use extra help!  If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity or just want to find out more about what would be involved to volunteer, please contact Linda Meares at 424-9662 or email the Youth Camp team at agocyouthcamp@gmail.com  We truly appreciate ANY amount of time you can give! Would you ever leave for school without brushing your teeth or putting on shoes? Never! In the same way, we can begin to see prayer as an essential part of our day, for the benefits are greater than fresh breath or comfortable feet! Start small, with an icon of Christ and just five minutes, but strive for consistency. The goal is to remember, thank, and glorify God each and every day by coming to meet Him face to face. By doing this, we grow to rely on Christ and He becomes the center of our lives. Remember, when we pray, we open the communication between us and God in a very personal way. There’s no one who knows us better than our Lord. He is with us each step of the way, and He knows exactly what we need. In the Orthodox Church, we learn how to pray from the Saints who are illumined by God and who share in His glory. When we use their prayers that were written and passed on to us, we become like them and follow them into union with God. Certainly, we can also speak from the heart, but to rely on the words of the Saints for help is the most accurate way of reaching our Lord – for not every ship that sets sails reaches it’s destination. Click here to read The Jesus...

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