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

Parents and Me

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

Our advisors contact information:
Gretchen Stathakis-



Parents and Me

Hope & Joy

This 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 foundation of faith at this age, the young people develop something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into junior high and high school.

Upcoming Events:
17th of Sept 2014 –Hope & Joy Potluck w/ Activity for the Elevation of the Holy Cross
11th of Oct 2014 – Pumpkin Pickin’ @ Mini Miracles Farm
708 Old Rutherford Road
Taylors, SC 29687
5th of Nov 2014- Hope & Joy Potluck w/ Activity for Saint Nektarios from 5:00pm -7:00pm

If you would like to get involved, please contact:
Fr. Polycarp Strosnider-


Hope and Joy



Alter servers

The Church makes available to all young men of the Parish from ages 10 yrs old through 18 yrs old (or seniors in high school), the opportunity to serve in the Holy Altar as Acolytes. The word "acolyte" comes from the Greek word "akoulotheo" meaning "to follow." The service of our young men at the Lord's altar and are organized into groups which serve, in rotation, at the holy Altar during all worship services. 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 srve the young man interested must call Fr. Tom himself at 864-233-8531 to request being included in the current schedule.

Link to Schdule and guidelines


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 Camp, Winter Youth Rally, Hellenic Dance Festival, Advent and Lenten Retreats.

We would like to welcome our 2014-2015 GOYA officers:
President - Nicholas Hamberis
Vice President - Eva Tempenis
Treasurer - Nicholas Shinas
Secretary - Sophia Shinas
Communications Officers - Maggie Hamberis and Meg Pieper

If you would like to be involved please contact:
Lena Trakas -
Dea Johnson -





OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship)   OCF Logo

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship ( is the national pan-orthodox campus ministry of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA). 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 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 -
Fr. Polycarp Strosnider-

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; opportunities to utilizing 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.

If you would like to get involved, please contact:
Fr. Polycarp Strosnider-




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Contact for more information:
Fr. Polycarp Strosnider