Welcome to the home of the Saint Sophia Young Adult League (YAL)! YAL is a very exciting youth ministry group that serves the college and young professional (18 and up) community of Saint Sophia. With the unique nature of the Washington DC area, YAL presents a great opportunity for those who want to get more involved with our faith. We have a very large and active group. Our activities are focused around the 3 main functions of YAL:
We have many different events to worship and learn about our faith. Some of these include monastery retreats, discussions with Father Dimitri about our faith, trips to the Archdiocese in New York, and special events and lectures from various members of our faith including Iconographer Basil Lefchick.
We have many service projects to help both our wonderful community of Saint Sophia and community around us. Some projects include volunteering at the annual Saint Sophia Greek Festival, IOCC fundraisers and drives, Saint Sophia Basketball Tournament, Fall Picnic and GOYA mentoring.
We also believe it is important to have a strong, united group and have fun! We have events for everyone; game nights, the annual Christmas party, Greek Nights, YAL Hikes, YAL dance group, happy hours, and seasonal activities that are going on in the DC area including kayaking on the Potomac, museums, cherry blossom viewing, white water rafting and sporting events.
We are here to serve Saint Sophia, the Orthodox community, and provide a warm, fun and loving group for all to enjoy. Whether you are new to the area to have been a long term resident come join us!
We look forward to seeing you at our events!
Yours in Christ,
The Saint Sophia YAL Board
How to Join
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join our distribution list. You will receive the weekly email of events and any updates regarding special projects, trips, events and news that are going on in the community.
The national Young Adult Youth Ministry website includes resources and news of upcoming events for its members.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America YAL mission Statement:
“The mission of the Greek Orthodox Young Adult League (GOYAL) is to cultivate and educate our young adults (ages 18 and up), leading them to the fullness of the Faith and likeness of God; by utilizing the four circles of Christian living, Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship, young adults are integrated into the life of the Church, enabling them to become active members of the body of Christ. (Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)”