Known in Greek as ‘philoptochos’ (meaning friends of the poor), this group of dedicated ladies behind our Parish philanthropy and hospitality. They are resposible for Hospital and Nursing Home visits, visits to the homes of the sick, elderly and disadvantaged, Parish fundraising, convening of Parish functions, catering for wakes and memorial services, providing Artos & Prosphoro, and the publication of the Parish Cookbook (famous Australia wide). The ladies are always looking for assistance, volunteers and other dedicated women to join their group. For more information contact our Ladies Vice President Maria Birbilis on (07) 3849 1776. To purchase copies of our cookbook, contact the Parish Office.
Our Circle of Senior Citizens & Friends offers the senior members of our community the opportunity to come together for social events with friends of like-minded people. Our Seniors group operates each Thursday morning from 9:30am in the Hall with morning tea and games as well as social outings throughout the year. A bus service is available in certain areas (by appointment) to assist those who have difficulty with transport (numbers are limited). The Seniors are headed by a dedicated group of volunteers who are now celebrating their 16th year of operation. For further information please call Irene Cayas on 0407 145 000.
Our afternoon Greek Language School operates each Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons during the School Year in the building adjacent to the Church. Students from Prep to Year 12 enrich their knowledge and identity through study of the Greek language, history, culture, and Orthodox faith. Our School is pleased to offer Senior Modern Greek studies to students in Years 11 & 12 which is accredited toward their Senior Certificate and O.P Score. Our teachers are experienced and use an accredited curriculum according to the requirements of LOTE. Students also enrich their learning through the use of computers kindly donated to the school. For more information please contact the Parish Office or our School Coordinator Christina Koranias on 0423 709 763.
Our Parish operates a Greek Dance School each Friday evening during the School Year in the Hall from 6:30pm where students in both Primary School and High School learn traditional Greek dances. The Dance Group is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and perpetuating the Greek heritage and culture among youth through expression in traditional dance. The program is one of many outreach activities for the youth of our Parish, serving to create greater communication and stronger ties through interaction. Our dance group participates in many performances throughout the year i.e. Greek Festivals (the ‘Paniyiri’), national celebrations, and community functions. For more information regarding the Dancing School contact the Parish Administration Office on 3343 7304.
G.O. Teens is a social group for children between the ages of 12 and 17 years of age and meets monthly during the school year. Teenagers enjoy social activities like Trivia and Movie nights; Dances & River Cruises. This Group is coordinated by volunteer parents of our Church and Parish community. All teens are invited to attend any of the monthly get-togethers. For more information contact Aphrodite Livanes on 0407 585 952.
Junior Youth is for children from Prep to Year 7, and is run by a group of volunteer mothers. Functions occur each Friday after Greek Dancing where the children enjoy social activities such as games nights, craft, cooking, dances, and of course understanding more about our faith and culture. All children are invited to come and join us in a fun filled environment where they can “learn to play” with one another in the spirit of fellowship. For more information contact the Parish Office.
Our Sunday School operates on all Sundays throughout the year (except between Christmas and the beginning of the new School year). Children attend Sunday School in the Greek School building adjacent to the Church after they have received Holy Communion. Our children have the opportunity here to learn about God and His Church by teachers who make learning fun. Games, prizes, and storytelling make up a large part of the lessons. For more information contact Fr Nicholas on 0403 658 420.
The Panagia’s Playgroup is on at the Parish every Wednesday from 10am-12pm during school term. Children learn best through interactive play with other children. Our goal is to encourage free play and socialization for children between 6 months and 5 years old as well as enjoy other interactive activities such music and singing in the Greek language and Art and Craft. Best of all, Mums, Dads and grandparents get together and socialise whilst their little ones play. Our playgroup is about providing our children with the opportunity and environment to experience the childhood activities they all deserve. We welcome you to join us at Panagia’s Playgroup. No need to book, however if you have any questions feel free to contact the Parish Office, or just turn up, say hello and join in.
ORTHODOX R.E. IN STATE SCHOOLS
Our Religious Education (R.E.) classes currently operate in 2 state schools in the Parish: Holland Park Primary and Warrigal Road Primary. Classes operate in one half-hour intervals (according to State legislation) on varying days of the week and children learn about their Orthodox faith and heritage according to a set curriculum with workbooks provided. For more information contact Father Nicholas 0403 658 420.