​​​Archdiocese of North America

Antiochian Orthodox Christian 

ACOLYTES (ALTAR BOYS)
All boys in the parish over the age of 8 may serve as Altar Boy. Altar Boys must be on time each Sunday and participate at the special services throughout the year. Anyone who wishes to be an acolyte must serve a training period. Once fully trained, he is assigned to a Team.

CHURCH CHOIR
Singing primarily "acapella", the St. Philip liturgical choir encourages congregational participation during the Divine Liturgy. The choir sings in English, Arabic, Greek, Russian, and Slavonic. Rehearsals are routinely conducted at the home of the Director and upstairs in the choir loft. Anyone interested in participating in the choir is required to attend rehearsals; for further information contact the choir director.

THE FELLOWSHIP OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE
The Fellowship group consists of men and women over the age of 18. The group is primarily concerned with evangelism and reaching out to members within the Parish and the local community.

J.O.Y.
Junior Orthodox Youth (J.O.Y.) is our youth group for children in 1st-7th grades. JOY is designed to help young people learn more about their Orthodox faith, get to know their church better and grow together in positive ways.

THE LADIES SOCIETY (AOCWNA -- ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN WOMEN OF NORTH AMERICA)
The Ladies are a group of women over the age of 18 who are spiritually centered and value friendship, family and motherhood. They are amongst the most active groups in the Parish, sponsoring luncheons, bake sales, Hafli’s,, etc., They concentrate on enriching Orthodoxy in our homes while building a network of supportive friendships. Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month after the church service. We also have many social events for the entire family. The Ladies support a child through the International Orthodox Christian Charities and decorate the Sanctuary during Holy Week.

THE ORDER OF ST. IGNATIUS
This is a group of philanthropically minded individuals who attend to both local and Archdiocesan concerns. St. Philip presently maintains one of the highest (if not the highest) St. Ignatius member vs. member ratio in the entire North American Antiochian Archdiocese with approximately 40 members. The Order funds special projects such as the Antiochian Village, Priest Retirement Fund, and the Seminary.

PARISH COUNCIL
This is a group of men and women elected by the general membership of the church of our community to oversee the business of all the ministries of the church and for the good of the community. The members of the parish council must be stewards in good standing and ecclesiastically in order. There are twelve members on the Parish Council. The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of every month.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School religious education is held for children from 3 years old through high school on Sundays immediately following Communion. Sunday School is held from September through June and recesses during the summer months.

TEEN S.O.Y.O.
The Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations is for all young people of our church in ages 13 through 19. Teen SOYO meetings are held on the last Sunday of every month after liturgy. The group participates in Bible Study, discussion groups, video/audio tape discussions, Talent Shows, etc. Throughout the year, SOYO conducts fund-raisers which help provide scholarships to the Antiochian Village Camp, Conferences and Conventions. 

USHERS/ “MEETERS/GREETERS/SEATERS”
The Ushers of St. Philip greet people as they arrive at church. They also welcome visitors, provide assistance, and administer the collection of offerings. These faithful ushers perform a valuable service for our church.

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