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(Young Adult League)
Who is "YAL"?
Orthodox young adults in the 18 and over age group.
For the development of an Orthodox Christian Identity via a model of four interrelated circles with Jesus Christ as source and center. The mission of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (GOYAL) Ministry is to lead all persons to the fullness of the Faith and Likeness of God, through the example of it's patron saint, St. Stephen the Protomartyr. Consequently, young adults must be integrated into the active life of the Orthodox Church on all levels; Parish, Diocesan, and Archdiocesan; dedicated to serving the Church, it's missions and ministries. This is accomplished by living the four characteristics - Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship which marked the lives, teachings and works of the Holy Fathers and Saints of the Church. The four characteristics that provide and promote opportunities to grow are the following:
LITURGIA - WORSHIP - Worship services: Orthos, Vespers, Agiasmos, Divine Liturgy, Confession and other prayer services. Young adults can participate in: Epistle reading; sermonettes, choir, etc.
MARTYRIA - WITNESS - Workshops: Topical discussions concerned with social/moral issues, Hellenic College, LOGOS, missions, other Archdiocesan institutions. Sharing the faith and encourage development of GOYAL groups.
DIAKONIA - SERVICE - Projects: Community Outreach, Holy Cross mission workshops, mission canisters, blood drives, etc.
KOINONIA - FELLOWSHIP - Hospitality along with events providing an informal atmosphere.
How can I join?
There is no membership fee, but we do encourage becoming stewards of the Church.
What does "YAL" do?
Sponsor Spiritual retreats and workshops, outreach activities (such as an annual Christmastime lunch at Hellenic Towers elderly residence), and various activities for social interaction with fellow Orthodox young adults. "YAL" participates in parish community events and donates funds to many charitable causes (such as St. Basil's Academy, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, IOCC, various Orthodox Monasteries, and Hellenic College/Holy Cross.
Contacts for the Northern New Jersey YAL:
For more information please visit the Northern New Jersey Young Adult League.