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 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 feast days of the church. 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.