CHURCH SCHOOL

The role of our Church School is to instill in our children a deep understating of Christ's boundless and unconditional love for His creation, His constant presence and action in our lives, and, in the light of this knowledge, an ever growing appreciation of our goal and responsibilities as Orthodox Christians. We work to achieve our purpose through an experiential curriculum of hands-on teaching and interactive learning involvement in outreach, stewardship responsibilities, field trips and spiritual retreats. Church School meets as scheduled, most Sundays with spiritual retreats scheduled throughout the year.

Contact: Stavroula Gurguliatos


GREEK LANGUAGE AND HERITAGE SCHOOL

St. Demetrios Church offers the Greek Language and Cultural School for children in grades Pre-K through 6th.  The mission of the Saint Demetrios Greek Language & Cultural School is to provide children with knowledge of and an appreciation for the Greek language and culture.  Our teachers, many of whom are veteran educators or native Greek speakers, create developmentally appropriate lessons designed to teach students to speak, write, and read Greek.  Stories, songs, poems, and art projects are integrated into the curriculum to reinforce academic learning.  Numerous opportunities to participate in activities, including a Christmas pageant and Greek Independence Day program, as well as Greek dancing instruction enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of our Orthodox faith and Greek culture and traditions. Through their Greek School experience, students gain language skills and a deep respect for their heritage as well as lifelong friendships and long-lasting memories.

Classes meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the academic year.Throughout the year, parents and grandparents are invited to participate in numerous school activities.

Contact: Avra Parpos


BASKETBALL

St. Demetrios Church participate in a youth basketball program organized by the Metropolis of Boston of over 50 years. The League is made up of teams from Greek Orthodox Parishes throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The League is open to all Orthodox Christians and enables them to make friends and build fellowship within our community. The season typically runs from late November until early March.

The program is divide into three different divisions:

Jr. JOY- coed clinics and scrimmages for kids between ages 8 to 10 (as of Sept. 1st)
JOY- coed teams for kids between ages 10 and 13 (as of Sept. 1st)
GOYA- boys and girls teams for kids between ages 14 and 18 (as of Sept. 1st)

Events for Jr. JOY and JOY occur on Saturdays and GOYA on Sunday afternoons. We hope that your children will join this ministry. For additional information contact the church office.

Contact: Jack Markis


GOYA/JR. GOYA

This mission and goal of GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith by developing a personal relationship with Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church. Our GOYAns will also be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation.

GOYA meets each month to month to plan for upcoming events and to have discussions on what goes on in our everyday lives. Our GOYA members participate in many activities including retreats, basketball, outreach activities, and much more.

GOYA is for grades 9-12
Jr. GOYA is for grades 6-8

GOYA Contact: Fr. Vincent Minucci and Jill Kovatsis
Jr.GOYA Contact:
Renee Vekiaridis and Kelly Marks


HOPE/JOY

The mission and goal of the JOY and HOPE 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. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, our young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into junior high and High School.

JOY is for grades 3-5
HOPE is for grades 4 years old to grade

Contact: Fr. Vincent Minucci and Anastasia Smith


FAMILY FIRST FRIDAY

The mission of Family First Friday is to gather our parish families (in all forms, shapes and sizes) and offer faith based activities, discussion, and worship. Starting with a meal and screen free family time (for both parents and children!), we discuss a theme with fun, engaging activities and opportunities to learn and discuss as individual families and as a larger parish family. Our hope is to grow in Christ and encounter Him, firmly planting Him in the center of our families and all that we do. Family First Friday meets monthly.

Contact: Presbytera Nadia Minucci


GREEK FOLK DANCING

The mission of the St. Demetrios Greek Dancing Program is to teach Greek dances to our children. Students learn dances from many different regions, including the mainland, Aegean Islands, Crete, Asia Minor and Pontus. Through these dances, children gain a deeper understanding of Greek history and culture and, of course, they have fun together!

Meetings are twice a month on Sundays after church, from 11:45 AM -- 12:45 PM during the school year. Our program is open to all children in grades 1-12 (three separate classes are held simultaneously), and no prior experience is necessary to join in.

Contact: Margaret Talmers


ALTAR SERVERS

Service in the Church is a gift which expresses the love of Christ. Serving as an Acolyte is a sacred and high privilege. The mission of the Altar Server (Acolyte) Ministry is to learn more about the Orthodox faith through serving in the Holy Altar during the Divine Services. Altar servers will assist the priests throughout the Divine Services, participate in liturgical processions and be able to pray and witness the liturgy in the Holy of Holies, the Altar. Young men, age 12 and up are eligible to serve as an Acolyte.

Contact: Chris Kourlos