“Put on the whole armor of God that you may

stand against the wiles of the devil” 

Eph. 6:11


Welcome Letter


What is GOYA?

Over the years our children have grown and our Church Community saw the need to re-establish the “GOYA” YOUTH PROGRAM in 2010. The Greek Orthodox Youth Association or G.O.Y.A. is a ministry to Orthodox Christian youth (grades 7 through to grade 12) whose families are members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church.  The GOYA youth ministry is based on four characteristics:

  • Liturgia (worship)
  • Koinonia (fellowship)
  • Diakonia (service)
  • Martyria (witness)

Activities are therefore planned to incorporate these characteristics.


Click here to view the 4 CIRCLES OF GOYA.


Who is in GOYA?

The G.O.Y.A. leadership in our parish is comprised of our Spiritual Leader, our Priest and the G.O.Y.A. Directors.  They all work diligently together to help formulate and implement the program each year.  All parents are encouraged to be involved in G.O.Y.A. ministry: when requested they chaperone meetings, activities and retreats. The success of G.O.Y.A. depends on parental support.


Why have GOYA?

The goal of the G.O.Y.A. youth is to actively live their Orthodox Christian faith.  It is the vehicle in which they can develop their lives within the Church.  The Soldiers learn to exercise their leadership abilities such as public speaking, delegation and working with people.  Sportsmanship is demonstrated through their ability to play sports. Retreats are held each year, and out of town trips are planned well in advance. Through the spiritual retreats the Soldiers enjoy a special time together for a change of pace, fellowship, reflection, growth, and bonding as community of faith. They reflect and represent the Church Community.  Activities and discussions represent the daily life of the Greek Orthodox Christian.  Our G.O.Y.A. is simply a microcosm of the life of the Church.

Click here to read our MISSION STATEMENT





When and where do they meet?

The Soldiers gather once a month with the Spiritual Leader and the advisors for fellowship and guidance.  The meeting consists of prayer, icebreaker activity, administration, announcements, a presentation on a relevant topic based on the requests & needs of the group.  Snacks and refreshments are served.  The meetings usually take place in our Church Hall once a month from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Regular outings & socials are also planned to increase group interactions along ministry lines to heighten fellowship and to live & grow in the Orthodox faith.  Fundraisers and stewardship are also emphasized.

Activities that have been planned in the past included:

  • Youth Sunday (assisting Church Council with their duties during Divine Liturgy)
  • Movie nights & campfires with faith discussions
  • Bowling & Pizza
  • Pilgrimages to the Holy Monastery of St. Kosmos
  • 4 Day Senior GOYA trip to Montreal, QC 
  • Overnight Senior Summer Camping Trips
  • Community Clean Up – beautifying Church grounds
  • Volunteer at St. John the Compassionate Orthodox Mission in Toronto
  • Singing Kalanda door-to-door (Christmas fundraiser)
  • Toronto Senior GOYA trips with dinner on the Danforth in Toronto, ON
  • Greek Food Festival fundraising


This year we have a need for more youth directors!.   Please consider volunteering!  All directors must be members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church.

If anyone is interested in being a director, please contact Fr. Konstantine Chatzis at 519-573-1033 or fatherkonstantine@stspeterandpaulgoc.ca 


To contact the GOYA directors, please email goya@stspeterandpaulgoc.ca



Upcoming Missions


Friday March 30th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday March 31st, 2018 – Holy Week Retreat 1-3pm – Lazarus Saturday

Ensure to Register Early!



Past Missions




Mission Artoklasia – Saturday November 25th, 2017 from 2-4pm in the Church hall. This is a Senior GOYA Mission only.


GOYA 2017-2018

(Picture taken during Youth Sunday – Nov 26th, 2017)






GOYA 2017-2018

(Picture taken during the Senior Artoklasia Mission – Nov 25th, 2017)







Mission Pilgrimage to St. Kosmas Monastery, Bolton – Saturday November 18th, 2017.




Mission #2 – Friday October 20th, 2017 – Sexual Purity & Peer Pressure

Mission #1 – Friday September 29th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm in the Church Hall starting with a Agiasmos service followed by orientation & GOYA year in review














GOYA 2016-2017

(Picture taken during the overnight camping retreat Aug 24th-25th, 2017)






Mission Movie Night – Friday August 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Church hall


Mission #10 – Friday July 28th, 2017 – Greatmartyr and Healer Saint Panteleimon & St. Irene Chrysovolantou


Mission Movie Night – Friday July 14th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Church hall


Mission Komboskini Making (Seniors Only) – Friday July 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Church hall


Mission #9

Friday June 30th – Sts. Peter & Paul


















GOYA 2016-2017

(Picture taken during our Pilgrimage to Panagia Panagoritissa Monastery, QC – May 19-22, 2017)



Mission #8

Friday May 12th – Peer Pressure










Mission Community Clean Up & Flower Planting

Saturday April 29th 1:00pm-5:00pm

Pizza Lunch & Refreshments will be served

RSVP Required!

GOYA 2016-2017

(Picture taken during our Community Clean Up Day – April 29th, 2017)
(click image to view gallery) 





Mission #7 – Open Question & Answer Discussion



Mission Holy Week Retreat

Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Senior GOYA in high school to assist in the Sunday School Holy Week Retreat

*Volunteer hours will be given!





















Mission #6 – St. Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland


Mission SKYZONE!

Sunday February 26th, 2017 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm







Friday February 10th, 2017 – Prodigal Son & Sts. Theodore the Commander & Theodore the Tyro


Friday January 27th, 2017 – 3 Holy Hierarchs & Saint John Chrysostom


Friday January 6th, 2017 – Saint John the Baptist

PIZZA at 6:30pm & Games/Lesson at 7:00pm



Mission Youth Sunday

Sunday November 27th, 2016 – Divine Liturgy

























Saturday November 5th, 2016 – Pilgrimage to Saint Kosmas Monastery, Bolton ON

(Click image to view gallery) 


Friday November 4th, 2016 – Saint Kosmas


October 14th, 2016 – Church Hall – Registration & Orientation










August 26th & 27th 2016:  GOYA Overnight Retreat


August 12th, 2016:  Paraklesis to the Theotokos 6:00-7:00pm


July 29 2016:  Dormition of the Theotokos


June 28th & 29th 2016:

Hierarchical Great Vespers for the Forefeast of the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter & Paul

Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter & Paul


June 4th & 5th 2016:  Greek Food Festival Volunteering!


Friday May 27th, 2016:  St. Cyprian & St. Justina – Sexual Purity










Saturday May 14th, 2016St. John the Compassionate Orthodox Mission – Toronto

(Click image to view gallery)


Saturday April 23rd, 2016:  Group Leaders for the Sunday School Holy Week Retreat


Friday April 22nd, 2016:  Christ’s Death & Resurrection


Saturday April 16th, 2016:  Community Clean Up


Friday April 8th, 2016:  Akathist to the Theotokos


March 31st, 2016 – Repentance


March 11th, 2016 – The Physical and the Spiritual















January 22nd, 2016 – Theophany – The Baptism of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ










December 29th, 2015Kingpin Bowling & Pizza Lunch

(Click image to view gallery)


December 18th, 2015 – Nativity of Christ and Christian Charity


November 29th, 2015 – YOUTH SUNDAY










November 28th, 2015Pilgrimage to Saint Kosmas Aitolos, Bolton, ON

(Click image to view gallery)


October 30th, 2015 – Being the Light of Christ


October 2nd, 2015 – “Excavating your own Cross”, Feast of the Elevation of the True Cross, Sts. Constantine & Helen