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 ! If you like to read more, download a PDF summary copy of our ministries for your reference by clicking here.

 

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 »

Agape Dancers

The Agape Dance Troupe was formed in 1986. It is open to all children in 1st through 12th grade whose parents are Stewards of St. Sophia Church. The Troupe performs at our annual Greek Fest and other cultural, civic and private events locally and in neighboring states. The Agape Dance Troupe is available to perform at weddings, baptisms or other types of functions. Learn More »

Bible Study Group

Join us on alternating Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (see our calendar for exact dates) for a fun and interesting Orthodox Bible Study @ St. Sophia Church. Our group is open to all, and meets every other Thursday in the Church library. Learn More »

Choir

The Choir at St. Sophia is made up of and open to the faithful of all ages. The goal and mission is to be active participants in singing praises to the Lord so that the  congregation may fully experience the Divine Liturgy. Choir begins in September and ends in May, with practices twice monthly. Learn More »

Church 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 »

Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is a ministry for Senior Stewards (though young at heart) stewards of the community who come together in fellowship to grow in an Orthodox setting dealing with the sacred and secular issues of our times. The Golden Circle Group meets monthly from October through May. Learn More »

Hope Book Store

Our Bookstore has a variety of Orthodox books (Greek and English, adult and children, etc.), cards, icons, CD's and DVD's for purchase. We also have Prosphoro Seals, incense, charcoal and other Orthodox items. Our bookstore is located in the hall lobby outside the main office. We are open following the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and during the week when the main office is open. Or call, 847-888-2822 to place an order.   Learn More »

Information Technology

The Information Technology (IT) Ministry is responsible for overseeing all technologies utilized at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Elgin IL. It provides strategic visioning, development, and operational support to the Church and it's community. Learn More »

Philoptohos -"Friend of the Poor"

Philoptochos is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  We are an army of women, over 25,000 strong nationally, who work to alleviate the suffering of individuals and families across our country and across the globe.  Whether it is paying a medical bill to assist a family with a critically ill child, paying rent or a mortgage so that a family can remain in their home, or sending fresh water to victims of a national disaster, Philoptochos is always there to help.  Learn More »

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 & Stewardship

As faithful Stewards, your commitment is a sign of Faith, Hope and Love. A faithful Steward allows his or her heart to be their guide as one decides the commitment that best exemplifies their faith. My prayer for all is that your experience is a spiritual and rewarding one. May God, the Father in Heaven and earth grant you peace and joy as we together seek His Glorious Kingdom.   Learn More »

Youth (Jr. GOYA & Sr. GOYA)

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.

Jr. GOYA (6th through 8th grade students) and Sr. GOYA (High School age youth) support our young people as they continue to learn about the Orthodox faith and especially apply its teachings to their lives.  We pray that the GOYA  work to live a life centered around Christ, developing their relationship with Christ and each other.  We try to enhance their spiritual growth with discussions about our Church and how to use the Church to guide and strengthen them in their faith when facing everyday life situations.  There are also times for outreach, social, and recreational activities.The Jr. GOYA meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at church and on the 4th Friday of every month for outreach and social events. 

The Sr. GOYA meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for meetings as well at other locales.  Events are also planned throughout the year to develop and add to the GOYA spiritual lives.  There is time to discuss many different spiritual topics with Fr. Andrew, as well as with the advisor and each other.  All youth between 6th and 12th grades are encouraged to be a part of these important ministries.   Learn More »