Youth Programs

Jesus with Children

"Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.






A ministry for children that provides a safe and loving environment while allowing their to participate in the Divine Liturgy. The nursery is for children between the ages of 8-weeks and 4-years and is available for all Sunday morning services, as well as during Sunday school hours. Our nursery is staffed with parent volunteers. To use the nursery other than Sunday mornings please contact Cathedral Office:


This is a play group that seeks to help our children develop socially, creatively, and spiritually from infancy through K4. This group also fosters a sense of community for both the children and parents. We meet monthly from 10:30–noon. Each activity begins with a prayer and a brief lesson with discussion regarding our faith. There are also many opportunities for field trips.

Our advisors' contact information:
Gretchen Stathakis-



Parents and Me

Hope & Joy

Hope and Joy is a youth ministry for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. HOPE & JOY meets once a month in conjunction with Community Fellowship Night. Various outings are scheduled throughout the year. By laying a strong spiritual foundation of faith at this age, these young people are able to develop the necessary strength that will guide them as they progressfurther intotheir junior and senior high school years.

Upcoming Events (please look at the online calendar)



Hope and Joy



Altar Servers

The Church makes available to all boys from 10 years of age to seniors in High School the opportunity to serve as acolytes at the Altar. The word "acolyte" comes from the Greek word "akoulotheo" meaning "to follow." The young men are organized into groups that rotate weekly. The Altar servers assist the clergy on Sunday morning, and during other special services throughout the year. Extracurricular activities are also planned to encourage fellowship, partnership, and teamwork. To serve, the young man interested must call Fr. Tom himself at 864-233-8531 to request inclusion in the current schedule.

Link to schedule and guidelines

GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America)

The mission and goal of G.O.Y.A 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 toward salvation.


G.O.Y.A. is the umbrella organization for all of our teen youth programs. Typical activities include the annual Winter Youth Rally, attendance at various professional and collegiate sporting events as well as visiting nursing homes, soup kitchens, Christmas caroling, sponsoring the Church's Back to Sunday School and Mother’s Day Luncheons, Bake sales, and other events. G.O.Y.A. also participates in many Metropolis sponsored events including: St. Steven’s Summer Camp, Winter Youth Rally, Hellenic Dance Festival, Advent and Lenten Retreats.


We would like to welcome our GOYA Officers for 2016/16
President:  Cliff Gandis
Vice President:  Windy Johnson
Treasurer:  Paula Pieper
Secretary:  Sarah Johnson
Junior/Senior At Large Representative: Sophia Shinas
Freshman/Sophmore At Large Representative:  Rachel Broumas
7th/8th Grade At Large Representative:  Zoe Gandis


Summary of Winter Youth Rally 2015 pdf


If you would like to be involved, please contact:
Robin Broumas -
Dea Johnson -


Stay in the know for all GOYA news and events! Text @stggoya to 81010





OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship)   OCF Logo

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship ( is the national pan-orthodox campus ministry. The goal of this ministry is to provide Orthodox Christian Students on college campuses around the country a means of fellowship, worship and spiritual support. The Cathedral supports OCF on our local area campuses including Furman University, Clemson University and others.

Activities include clergy and lay speakers leading discussions at regular meetings, retreats in the Southeast region, alternative spring breaks around the world, community service and social activities. Past events have included a corn maze, professional sporting events, bowling, and Work Daze at the Diakonia Retreat Center in Salem, SC. Students can participate in annual national OCF events such as Real Break, the OCF Annual Conference, the OCF day of prayer, and various regional retreats for Orthodox Christian college students.


If you would like to get involved, please contact:
Fr. David Randolph -

YAL (Young Adult League)   YAL Logo

The YAL provides opportunities for area young adults and young professionals to stay connected to the Church. It offers avenues to form and grow meaningful relationships. YAL utilizes the four characteristics of Christian living, Worship (Liturgia), Witness (Martyria), Service (Diakonia), and Fellowship (Koinonia); and helps young adults integrate into the life of the Church enabling them to become active members of the body of Christ.


We also share a close relationship with the young adult groups at other area Orthodox Churches. In addition to our fellowship building activities and discussion opportunities, YAL hopes to begin a strong outreach ministry serving the needs of both the Cathedral community and the greater Greenville community.




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Contact for more information:
Fr. Tom Pistolis