Champions of the Faith!
2017/2018 Theme and Centennial Sessions
We are very excited to introduce the Office of Youth & Young Adult
Ministry programming theme for the 2017/2018 year: Champions of
the Faith. Through this theme we hope our youth gain a deeper
relationship with the saints of the Church and are inspired by their
example. Our further aim is for our youth to view themselves as
athletes for Christ, training themselves to become Champions of the
We will be providing three levels of curriculum:
Level 1 - Pre-School - Grade School ages 4-8
Level 2 - Grade School ages 8-12
Level 2 - Middle/High School ages 13 -18
The sessions are approached from a holistic concept of traditional
learning and lived knowledge (Praxis). The curriculum is split into two
sections based on this concept. The curriculum was designed for
successive use; however, sessions may be used as stand-alone
modules. Extensive leader notes and instruction are provided
throughout the curriculum.
We are especially pleased to be offering five special sessions that
are being created by the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center.
These sessions will explore the theme through the lens of the 100th
Anniversary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. They will
provide our youth with the opportunity to participate in special ways
for this historic event, which will take place in the Summer of 2018.
We are supplementing the curriculum with Champion of the Week -
highlighting a new saint each week on our Facebook page.
The curriculum is now available for download at www.uocyouth.org.
If you have suggestions concerning resources, activities, or
curriculum please do not to hesitate to contact us at
We encourage you to utilize this curriculum and incorporate the
theme within your youth programming for the coming year.
May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ bless all of our work with
His youth in the coming year.
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon
Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry