The major teen involvement at st George Orthodox Church of Orlando is The [Teen] Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO). There are other venues such as the Sunday School, but Teen SOYO is the youth’s special place. Here are some resources and info about our Teen SOYO and Teen SOYO in general. Much of the information is taken from the Archdiocese Teen SOYO Site. Let me know if anyone needs to know anything else. -Sub-deacon Charles-Patrick.
What is teen SOYO
It is a primary goal of Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO) to foster and encourage the involvement of its youth in the Holy Orthodox Christian Faith, and; We believe that the Goal of Orthodox Christian Youth Ministry is the integration of each young person fully into the total life of the Church and We believe that Orthodox Christians must commit themselves to living the Orthodox Faith daily. Further we believe that Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship are the natural expressions of that commitment. Our ultimate goal must be to see that our youth grow to love Christ and His Church and to pursue a righteous way of life.
The Purpose of SOYO is:
1. To enjoin upon the youth of the Diocese a complete devotion to Christ and His Holy Orthodox Christian Church on a daily basis, through worship, witness, service, and fellowship. 2. To equip and encourage Orthodox teens to participate in the Liturgical Services of the Church through chanting, singing and other forms of divine liturgical exercise. 3. To bear witness to Christ with boldness and conviction as witnessed to us by the Patron Saint of SOYO, Saint John Chrysostom. 4. To fulfill the Gospel message of spreading the Good News and loving our neighbor through programs such as Special Olympics, Orthodox Youth Outreach (OYO) and other local outreach programs and ministries. 5. To create and promote healthy, safe, and uplifting fellowship amongst Orthodox teens on the various levels of SOYO. 6. To raise up a generation of leaders and disciples at the parish, deanery, and Diocesan levels. 7. To promote the existing activities of SOYO and initiate new programs as needed. 8. To initiate and coordinate the spiritual and charitable works and activities of the teens of the parish. 9. To support the activities of the parish.