Let your Light so Shine
INTRODUCTION: The Orthodox Church in America Youth Movement exists as a deanery-based Church-wide youth movement. Its main mission is to build and strengthen relationships among Orthodox youth within each deanery of the Orthodox Church in America through fellowship, education, worship, and service. Each ecclesiastical year, every deanery holds three events for its youth (10-17/18): a fellowship event that gathers the youth to build the bonds of friendship; an educational event that challenges youth to grow in their relationship to Christ; and a service event where the youth are given the opportunity to serve the Church and follow our Lord’s commandment to feed the hungry, visit the sick, and welcome the stranger (Matthew 25). In addition, the Holy Synod invites the youth of the Orthodox Church in America to focus on a common theme each year to foster their ongoing spiritual growth. For the 2003-2004 ecclesiastical year, the Holy Synod chose the theme “Let Your Light So Shine!” The Department of Youth Young Adult and Campus Ministry developed this retreat as a resource for dioceses, deaneries, and/or parishes as they discuss this theme with their youth. REPRODUCING THESE MATERIALS: All materials designed by the Department of Youth Young Adult and Campus Ministry and the Department of Christian Education are designed to be reproduced locally. Each youth leader, teacher, speaker should have his or her own copy.