The Junior Orthodox Youth (J.O.Y.) is designed for children in grades 3rd-6th. This group gathers for fun and fellowship in the context of Christ’s Church and His teachings and since JOY is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life. Our calendar can be found below!

For more information please contact Alyssa Kyritsis at 904-396-5383 x12 or e-mail pastoral.assistant@stjohnthedivine.com

August 10: HOPE/JOY Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Game vs. Mississippi and Family Faith Night with a Concert by Christian Musical Artist Jason Gray at 6:35 PM
August 18: Blessing of the Backpacks-Bring them to Church!

September 4: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
September 8: First Day of Sunday School!
September 11: Family Night Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
September 18: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
September 21: HOPE/JOY Welcome Back Pool Party at the Ticoras Home at 3 PM
September 25: No Family Night-Vespers for St. John the Divine

October 2: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
October 9: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
October 16: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
October 19: JOY Meal Prep and Lunch at 11 AM at Church followed by 1 PM Delivery at Baptist Children’s Home
October 23: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
October 26: Fall Festival
October 30: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM

November 2: JOY Family Hike and Picnic at UNF’s Red Maple Boardwalk at 9 AM (Don’t forget bug spray!)
November 6: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
November 13: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
November 20: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
November 23: Serve Day at Church
November 27: No Program-Happy Thanksgiving!

December 4: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
December 11: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
December 15: Clothing Drive Sorting and Delivery
December 18: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
December 21: HOPE/JOY Christmas Mini Retreat and Santa Visit!
December 25: No Program-Merry Christmas!

January 1: No Family Night
January 3-5: HOPE/JOY Family Camping Trip
January 8: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
January 10-12: Family BeeTreat at SJTD
January 15: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
January 22: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
January 29: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM

February 1: HOPE/JOY Mother Son Skating Night at Sk8 City Jacksonville at 5 PM
February 5: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
February 7: HOPE/JOY Father Daughter Date Night and Talent Show at 6:30 PM
February 12: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
February 19: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
February 26: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM

March 4: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
March 8: Sunday of Orthodoxy-Bring icons to Church
March 11: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
March 18: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
March 21: JOY Trip to Orthodox Christian Mission Center
March 25: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
March 28: Serve Day at Church

April TBD: JOY Cooking at Jax Cooking Studio
April 1: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
April 8: No Family Night-Quiet Week
April 15: No Family Night-Holy Week
April 17-18: Holy Friday Decorating
April 22: No Family Night-Bright Week
April 29: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM

May 2: JOY Trip to St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park at 11 AM
May 6: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
May 13: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM
May 20: Family Night: Dinner 6 PM, Sessions 6:30 PM