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 !

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

Join us on alternating Thursdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm (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 »

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 »

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 »

Music

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 »

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 our Triune 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. Learn More »

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 advisors and each other.  All youth between 6th and 12th grades are encouraged to be a part of these important ministries.