Our Parish Ministries

We welcome you to learn about and consider joining some of our parish ministries. There are many great ways to get involved.

Parish Council

The Parish Council is composed of faithful men and women who are dedicated Orthodox Christians and who sacrifice their time, talents, and resources for the Church. We represent the parish, as clergy and laity together, and seek to fulfill the mission ascribed to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Learn More »

MEMBERSHIP: All adult parishioners in good standing for 2 years are eligible to run for one of the twelve elected positions.  The elections take place yearly on the second Sunday in December in the Banquet Room for six of the twelve positions.  All parishioners in good standing are eligible to vote, and the Council members serve a two year term.

MEETINGS: The Parish Council convenes on the second (day to be announced) week of every month at 7:00 P.M. at the church.

PURPOSE: The Parish Council is the body which manages and oversees all operations of the church and the parish community under the guidance of the pastor.  Its duties include administering the parish’s practical affairs in a manner which aids the priest.  Also, the council is responsible for all the parish business and fund raising activities.

Philoptochos

Ladies Philoptochos (Agia Anna)

Contact: Mrs. Connie Karides

Membership: All women of the Parish

Meetings: First Thursday of every month in the Church’s Banquet Room

Fee: Annual Stewardship with a suggested $30.00 minimum

Purpose: Philoptochos is a nationally chartered organization assisting the needy and the poor on an international, national, and local level.  Agia Anna supports the many activities within the parish both through

Greek School (Greek language classes)

Teachers: Mrs. Roula Eliadis & Iliana Papanicolaou

Enrollment: 1st through 7th grade

Purpose: To learn to communicate in Greek and develop and cultivate awareness of the Hellenic culture, and heritage in an Orthodox Christian environment.

Adult Class: Adult Conversation Class offered; call 410-573-2072 or email officeschannapolis@gmail.com

HOSPITAL/NURSING-HOME/SHUT-IN MINISTRY

Contact: Fr. Kosmas Karavellas

Purpose: To reach out and offer God’s healing touch to the ill, infirm, and aged.  Visitations are made by Fr. Kosmas and also periodically by the Agia Anna Philoptochos.

Greek Folk Dance Festival Pre-School

Contact: Mrs. Katherine O'Connell

Kali Parea” 55+ Adults

Contact: Mrs. Vicki Lardis

Family Play Group

Altar Servers

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, altar servers assist the higher clergy during services. They might carry the cross, candles or liturgical fans in processions and entrances. Learn More »

Bible Study Group

Contact: Fr. Kosmas Karavellas

Participation: Open to all.  All adults and young adults are invited to attend.

Classes held: Monday evening in the Board Room at 7:00 P.M.

Purpose: To join together in fellowship for Bible Study and Catechism.  To learn more about our faith and our Savior.

Catechism / Sunday School

The Church School program fosters spiritual learning through age-appropriate lessons, which may include an introduction to church feasts, fasts and liturgical practices, prayers, Bible stories, crafts and projects, and liturgical songs. Learn More »

Contact: Dr. Dennis Argeson, Director, Church Office 410-573-2072

Enrollment: Pre-school through 12th grade

Classes are held September through May.  Faculty and staff will meet monthly to improve teaching skills and learn new ideas to share with their students. 

Tuition: No cost. Families must be active stewards to the Church.

Purpose: To cultivate within our children the Orthodox Christian way of life.

Activities: Each class has special projects and curriculum, however, the entire school participates in activities during the year (Christmas Pageant, God Parent/God Child Sundays, and many other programs).  Registration begins the last Sunday in August and continues throughout the month of September.

Music Ministries / Choir

Music plays an integral role in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church. Learn more about the mixed voice choir for Divine Liturgy or the Byzantine Choir for Vespers, Orthros, and other services. Learn More »

Contact: Mrs. Mary Gaylord 

Membership: Open to all who want to sing

Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. at the Church

Purpose: Sing the praises of the Lord and enhance the beauty of the Liturgy

Youth Ministry Joy, GOYA, YAL

We believe that the Goal of Orthodox Christian 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. Worship, Witness, Service and Fellowship are the natural expressions of that commitment. Learn More »

G.O.Y.A. - GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH OF AMERICA:

Purpose: Uniting teenagers together in fellowship within the spiritual and social environment of the Church and to increase their knowledge of the Orthodox Christian way of life.

Activities: G.O.Y.A. is the umbrella organization for all our teen youth programs.  In recent years we have become engaged in community issues providing support and education on topics including the opiod epidemic, depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.  Additional activities include Annual Ski Trip, Basketball Tournament, Mothers Day, Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, and an end of the year trip.  The G.O.Y.A. also holds fund raisers where all proceeds go toward a yearly gift to the Church and to help a needy child of our parish.

J.O.Y. - JUNIOR ORTHODOX YOUTH - BASKETBALL CLINIC

Contact: Jack Papleonti

Participation open to: Boys and Girls 7 years old to 6th grade

 

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