The Orthodox Holy Family Icon:
The Great Grandmother of God St. Maria, The Grandmother of God St. Anna, The Mother of God Panagia St. Mary and Christ who is the incarnate God the Son, the Second Person of God the Holy Trinity.
The Ministry of Youth, Young Adult and Family works to sustain and enhance ministry to children, youth, young adults and their parents throughout the Metropolis of Denver. To achieve this goal, the training of adult youth workers who function on the parish level is a main focus of this Ministry. This effort strives to give the parish priests, teachers, and youth workers, who have direct and frequent contact with young people and their parents, the tools and knowledge that they require to effectively minister and tutor the Faith to our parishes’ children, youth, young adults and their parents. In addition, by offering Metropolis-wide events and programs, as well as supporting local parish efforts, the Office works to help our Orthodox families form a prayerful friendship with Jesus Christ (Christ is called in Greek the Φιλάνθρωπος, the friend of man) and to learn to share and offer the good news (the Gospel) of His Salvation with those around us. Central to this offering, is acquiring a better understanding of who God the Holy Trinity is, who St. Mary the Mother of God is, who the Saints and Angels are, and how we, as those who are and are becoming members of His Body, the Church, approach the world around us.
When young people learn musical instruments, parents practice with them to ensure that their children learn the instrument well. Parents would not just send their children to music lessons and just hope that some how they learn, they practice with them to make sure they make good on their investment. Apostle Paul writes to his disciple St. Timothy, the first Bishop of Ephesus, "Guard the good deposit [of the Faith] that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us" (2 Timothy 1:14). Parents should want to make good on their investment of the good Deposit of the Faith in their children so that it grows well in their hearts (Matthew 13:8). One cannot just send their children to Sunday School and Youth Programs, one must practice the Faith together with their children. One ought to pray with his or her children (morning and evening prayers), live the Fasts and Feasts of the Church, give alms; parents must live the Christian life with their children. One ought to do this so that one's children teaches their children to the same, generation to generation. And above all it is our sacred duty to encourage one and other to pariticpate in the spiritual food, which is to say that Sacraments (Mysteries) of the Church that Christ God offers us, which heal and sanctify us and lead us in our journey towards Him. The Sacraments, specifically Holy Communion, make Saints. We read in Proverbs, “Train up a child in the way he [or she] should go, and when he [or she] is old he [or she] will not depart from it (22:6).” Now is the time that we must take advantage of the opportunity to impact the lives of our young Orthodox Christian Families so that they and we may become, and remain active sacramental members of the Church, both now and and forever in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Ministry of Youth, Young Adult and Family incorporates four corners of Faith, which are:
Worship (Liturgia), Fellowship (Koinonia), Service (Diakonia), and Witness (Martyria). These are key components of a spiritually healthy Orthodox Christian lifestyle. Through the teaching and sharing of these important aspects, our Orthodox Families, which is to say children, youth, young adults, their parents, grandparents and godparents are together encouraged and supported to become well-rounded members of the Orthodox Church Family.