Living a faithful Orthodox Christian life in the 21st Century requires encouragement, support and love from the Church, family, and friends. The objective of our Youth Groups here at Holy Cross is to cultivate and foster relationships that are vital to Orthodox Christian living. Through fellowship, discussions, service projects and recreational activities our youth programs connect our youth to their faith and with one another.
Our youth program targets three groups: HopeJoy(Grades 2-5), Jr. GOYA (Grades 6-8) and GOYA (Grades 9-12).
Strong friendships are formed at a young age. Our youngest group meets on Sundays once a month for snacks and craft projects that emphasize foundational ideas of Orthodoxy, such as friendship, respect, and creativity. Click here to see photos of our previous activities.
Our middle school group offers a fun environment to interact with other Orthodox Christians. Meeting twice a month, Jr. GOYA gathers at Holy Cross for activities in the gym, followed by a religious discussion. Other outings consist of bowling, trampoline jumping and more! In addition, Holy Cross offers Fall and Spring overnight retreats that truly create special bonds among middle school students.
High school students of Holy Cross gather for monthly Fireside Chats that are hosted by families of the parish. This offers students a relaxed environment to talk about their faith with their priest and peers. In addition, the GOYA of Holy Cross participates in Bay Area GOYA. Various Bay Area parishes host monthly activities to gather high school-aged Orthodox Christians to create new friendships and cultivate existing ones.
Youth Religious Education - The children are instructed in the teachings of the bible and traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy. The importance of living an Orthodox Christian life-style is emphasized and participation in the Divine Liturgy is strongly encouraged. Sunday School meets during the academic school year on Sundays.
Acolytes - Young men wishing to assist the Priest in the Sacramental worship of the Church are given the opportunity to serve as Acolytes from the age of 12 years.
Holy Cross Youth Choir - Young people starting from grade 3 through high school learn music fundamentals, liturgical hymns and fun songs while preparing to sing for Liturgy, the annual Diocese Choir Conference, the Holy Cross Community Christmas Program, and more.
Drama Program - Budding stars and stagehands learn what it takes to present two major productions a year. A modern play based on Greek mythology is performed in the outdoor Holy Cross amphitheater during the Festival, and a contemporary play about the real meaning of Christmas is performed in The Oaks as part of the Community Christmas Program.
Community Christmas Program - A Christmas present for the whole community! An evening of theater and music as we celebrate our Savior's birth, plus a Christmas carol singalong and a special visitor from the North Pole!"
Dance Program - Our young people have the opportunity to learn traditional Greek dances which they perform in authentic dress both competitively, and in performances for the greater community. Our dance groups practice throughout the year. The dance season culminates with the Folk Dance Festival in February. Please click on the following document to see how this program is structured and also to get a listing of the groups, instructors, and program assistants.
Summer Camp - A week long program at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center rounds out a full and complete program here at the church. Summer Camp provides fellowship from the ages of 8 through high school.
Please check out this area or contact the church office for an updated schedule of activities and events. If you would like to talk to one of our youth advisors, please contact Mr. Tom Felactu at 650-591-4447 (email@example.com) or fill in the form below and submit.