Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education (H.O.P.E.)
Under the advisement and spiritual guidance of Rev. Father Nicolaos H. Kotsis
H.O.P.E. is a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It is a ministry serving the younger members of our Orthodox Faith, those that are 4 years of age to those who are in the 2nd grade. H.O.P.E. is a ministry that reflects the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life, taught in a way that is geared toward young children. The mission and goal of the H.O.P.E. ministry is to not only to encourage our children to learn about and experience our Holy Orthodox Faith, but to grow in our faith through a love for Christ and His Church. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our children will be equipped with the tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith early in their lives, our children will have something that will guide and strengthen them throughout thier lives.
Through H.O.P.E., the younger members of our Saint Nicholas parish will experience different aspects of our Holy Orthodox Faith. The children start with a light lunch generously donated by one of the parents. Following lunch, Rev. Father Nick will start with a lesson that focuses on our Orthodox Faith and Tradition. This year the children will be learning about Old Testament stories. We will be taking "field trips" into the church to view the iconography that corresponds to our lesson. The children will then participate in an activity together in fellowship. The activity or craft will edify the lesson taught. The activity may be messy or may be outside, so we recommend bringing appropriate play clothes. We are asking for a volunteer once a month to bring lunch. Please volunteer on the sign-up sheet at the meeting.
Meetings are usually scheduled on the second Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 2:00 in the K-1 classroom. Registration is required for HOPE. Registration forms are available outside the church office or can be downloaded from this site. There are no fees required for HOPE. For more information, please contact one of the advisors:
Presbytera Sandra - firstname.lastname@example.org
Margarita Bekiares - email@example.com
Sophia Radwanski - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna; Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria; Gorgonia the Righteous, sister of Gregory the Theologian; Damian the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey