Great Lent Giveaway 2020
Benefitting Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
Living a Life of Stewardship
The Great Lent Giveaway was designed as a way for our youth to learn about the beauty of Great Lent and instill in them that Great Lent is not only a time of fasting but a time to do good works and of contemplation, while preparing for the death and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The GLG is a partnership of the OYM and the Jr. Ukrainian Orthodox League each year a new topic and beneficiary is selected.
In the last 17 years, our youth have raised over $27,300 for charity, raised awareness on the needs of fifteen charities or archdiocesan projects, and collected additional items such as icons, diapers and IOCC Health Kits in an estimated additional $5000.00.
The current year program may be used during Great Lent or be adapted for use during your normal Youth Group Sessions.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is the church the nurtures and cares for us. But do we care for Christ's Church? It is in the front of our minds to support our local parish...our 'home' parish but our home parishes would not exist without their 'home'! For us, that is the UOC of USA. During the 2020, Great Lent Giveaway we will learn about stewardship in all forms and that we must first give back to God and His Church - not only through financial stewarship but through our gifts, talents and good works.
What does the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA do?:
- the spiritual center for the faithful that belong to this metropolia;
- cares for and trains the clergy that serve her parishes;
- houses the ministries of the church such as Youth Ministry, St. Andrew's Society, Orphanage Project, All Saints Camp and many more!.
Learn more about what the UOC of USA is doing at www.uocofusa.org
We are asking the youth of the church to raise funds for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and awareness about stewardship. Each Jr UOL Chapter, parish Church School or youth group will have the opportunity to choose how they help!
Another unique feature this year will be weekly videos featuring the officers of the National Jr UOL Board. They will be presenting different aspects of how we may grow our faith during Great Lent and how this should motivate us to be good stewards of our funds and resources by supporting Heifer International. The videos will be made availalbe weekly at the Consistory Youtube page. Click here for access!
The GLG also provides sessions for deepening our faith during the season of Great Lent - focusing on Christian compassion and giving.
These sessions should be conducted during lenten youth gatherings and in conjunction with the GLG collection.
Stewardship/Almsgiving - to accompany Natalie's Video
Compassion in Action - to accompany Alexis's Video
Talents and Gifts - to accompany Maddie's Video
Stewardship of Time and Great Lent- First Fruits of Christian Living with Fr. Robert Holet -
Reccomended use - have your teenagers listen to the podcast prior to your gathering. Have each of them present one concept they learned about and how it can apply to their life.
Responding to God's Gifts - A resource from the Orthodox Church in America
Stewardship - Orthodox Cathecism Project
Tithing - to accompany Hrystyna's Video
An Exploration of Tithing in Holy Scripture - American Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese
Reccomended use - break your teenagers into small groups. Break the article up into as many sections as you have groups. Have each group read their section together and discuss. Allow each group to present what they learned to the full group. After each presentation ask how they can apply this to their lives.
Invitation to Give - Be the Bee Video
Reccomended use - watch the video as a group. Ask the youth how they can give of what they have?
- Download the GLG How To Session. (This session is written with suggestions for all age groups of youth)
- Conduct the How To Session - All needed resources may be found below
- Decide how you will raise your funds and make it happen!
- Watch the weekly videos on the Consistory Youtube Channel
- Send in your funds by July 24th to the Office of Youth Ministry or bring to the Ukrainian Orthodox League Convention being held at Philadelphia (directions for checks and where to mail are in the How To Session)
- Pray for our Hierarchs and those working for the Metropolia Center and for those that benefit from the ministries of the church
- Leader Packet History of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
- Power Point Presentation for History Session