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A Mission Statement for Youth Workers
St. John Chrysosotom, Homily on Ephesians 6:1-4

Let us raise our children in such a way that they can face any trouble, and not be surprised when difficulties come; let us bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord... When we teach our children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous to love their fellow men, to regard this present age as nothing, we instill virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them. This, then, is our task: to educate both ourselves and our children in godliness; otherwise what answer will we have before Christ's judgment seat?

Mission of OYM

We believe that the Goal of Orthodox Youth Ministry is the integration of each young person fully into the total life of the Church. We believe that Orthodox Christians must commit themselves to living the Orthodox Faith daily (praxis). Worship, Witness, Service, Learning and Fellowship are the natural expressions of that commitment. 

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is dedicated to designing and managing ministry to meet the needs of varying age groups within our church. We accomplish this by training youth ministers,  developing and providing national programs and resource materials for our parishes.

Vision of OYM

Our vision is driven by scripture, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." ~Proverbs 22:6

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The Office of Youth Ministries is the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Office of Camping Ministries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

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Learn about St. Christina of Tyre and St. Julian of Tarsus who are the Patron Saints for the youth of the UOC of USA.

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Office of Youth Ministry

PO Box 869
Carnegie, PA 15106

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412-977-2010 (Phone)