Great Lent Giveaway 2021
Benefitting Your Local Project!
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" Joshua 24:15
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 19 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.
We are asking the youth of the church to serve others in their community. Each Jr UOL Chapter, parish Church School or youth group will have the opportunity to choose an organization, charity or project to organize/support in their area.
Members of the National Jr UOL and OYM Team will share videos featuring how they are serving. 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 OYM Youtube Channel
- Share your GLG stories of Christian Service by writing an article, sharing photos or creating a video! - share at firstname.lastname@example.org , Jr UOL Board, or on our social media
- Pray for those in your community who are in need spiritually and physcically.