We are all connected, one to another. It is the fellowship of mankind. At St. Nicholas, we all belong. There is a group for every age and every stage of life.
Check the Event Calendar to verify, or see the weekly church bulletin.
SOYO is an organization for teenagers. Its aim is to help us grow stronger in our faith and develop life long relationships with other teens in the parish, in sister churches, and throughout the diocese.
SOYO’s motto is, Living the Orthodox Faith in Christ through Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship.
Our activities include monthly Teen Vespers followed by pizza night and Ask Abouna (Ask the Priest.) During Youth Month (October), we serve as ushers, tray passers, and epistle readers. We attend retreats and conferences, compete in sports tournaments, Bible Bowl and oratorical contests, sponsor an orphan overseas, Christmas carol our shut-ins, and do annual service projects.
Every teen is welcome and encouraged to join SOYO. Meetings are held in the Teen Room on the first Sunday of each month, followed by either a social or service activity.
Grand Rapids Orthodox Christian Young Adults is a Pan-Orthodox group welcoming all young adults interested in the Orthodox Faith to join together for worship, fellowship, service, and education. We meet about once a month, and upcoming events are posted on the GROCYA Facebook page.
We plan really fun fundraisers and activities like a Go Blue! Go Green! competition, softball games between our sister Orthodox parishes, picnics in the park, volunteering with our teen group on service projects, mentoring them, and raising funds for them, and holding pre-lent and pre-advent dinners together before the Great Fasts.
We hope all young adults, college age and up, will join us as we forge special relationships with each other, meant to last a lifetime, one Orthodox Christian to the next.
WOMEN OF ST. NICHOLAS
All women 18 and older are called upon to form the Sisterhood of St. Nicholas. We’re girlfriends to each other, willing to work side by side to serve our parish in the spirit of Christ. We go on retreats together, have a book club, invite one another to our homes, teach each other how to cook our Middle Eastern community dinners, hold sales and fundraisers for our church, and support causes for our archdiocese.
There is much to be said about the Women of St. Nicholas. We get it done, whatever it takes.
The leader of our archdiocese, Metropolitan Joseph, remarked about the role of women from the beginning of Christianity: “When everyone left our Lord Jesus Christ alone on the cross, the women were there. Can you see how important the women are? You are the myrrhbearing women!”
Come join your sisters, Women of St. Nicholas, the first Sunday of every month.
MEN OF ST. NICHOLAS
We are a vibrant, Christ-centered, life-changing men’s group that is vital to St. Nicholas, and it is our mission to provide the men of St. Nicholas an opportunity to meet, study, and work together.
Our annual programming is focused on three areas:
- Study – short 4-6 week programs including video programs with seasoned orthodox clergy, theologians and professionals guide men through lessons on: men as servant-leaders, men in relationships, overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of authentic manhood and the pursuit of God in communities, just to name a few
- Fellowship – golf, fundraising, breakfast meetings
- Service – both in the church to maintain the physical parish and in the community to help those in need
We are the generation that links the past to the future. We are the pathway between what was and what can be. We call ourselves the forerunners, for we are now the first generation and we are going ahead to pave the way in this new initiative at St. Nicholas. We’re connecting with others of a certain age in a changing phase of life. We’re intentional about our faith and the profoundness of it. We’re also intentional about the depth of our relationships in fellowship with one another. We forerunners are forming a partnership to explore exciting adventures together and risk trying new things.