19 Aug

LA Youth Trip 2019

On August 6th 2019 the youth have returned from a 7 day trip to Los Angeles, California. Through the trip they grew spiritually, they served the community and they explored the city and its surroundings. They grew spiritually though the blessing of learning from the monks at St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox Monastery and from a…

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23 Jun

SMSV Drama Ministry:”A Casting Call” 2019

On June 23rd, 2019, our Drama Ministry hosted the play “The Casting Call”. This play reflected the church’s ministry and how it was founded. The main character, the director, decided to create a drama ministry at his local, fictional church in an attempt to find talent and use it to glorify God. This effort did…

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05 May

Junior High Retreat 2019

On Friday, May 3, 2019, the grades 7 and 8 youth and their servants headed to YMCA Geneva Park where they spent 2 wonderful nights joined by Father Pishoy as well as Father Thomas.   The weekend was filled and blessed with much spiritual sessions, questions and answers,  games, a camp fire, sports and of course…

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23 Aug

Bolivia Youth Mission 2018

A group of 17 youth from high school and university accompanied by Fr. Thomas and 4 servants traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia for 2 weeks in August 2018. They served in different capacities including, home visitations, prison visit, orphanage, senior home, disabled youth home, a number of day cares, and a number of local communities…

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19 Aug

COOL Convention 2018

This year, August 17-19, 2018, we were pleased to take 9 wonderful youth to the 20th annual COOL Convention. The kids participated in the sessions, activities and sports. We are so proud of all of them as the majority came in the top three of the Spiritual competition and the boys who won the basketball…

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22 Jul

Annual Graduation Celebrations 2018

This is usually one of the most joyful days throughout the year where we celebrate not only the academic but also the spiritual achievements of our children. It is a great joy to see a beautiful new generation of young women and men who are living a balanced life caring for their love to God,…

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11 Mar

March Break Youth Group Trip 2018

During March Break the youth took off to MBC to start their week off away from society. They got the opportunity to spend time together in fellowship playing many fun minute to win it games and having genuine conversations. MBC was a great location offering safe lodging, sports and amazing food! The youth took some…

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19 Nov

Youth Group Annual Retreat 2017

During the weekend of November 17th to 19th, 2017, the youth group went off to the city of Kawartha Lake for a chance to step away from the world and grow in Christ together. Throughout the weekend, the youth got a chance to reflect on Ephesians 2:10 and how they are Christ’s workmanship created in His image…

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31 Oct

All Saints Celebration 2017

On October 31, 2017, the church held its Annual All Saints Celebration for children of all ages. The children were divided into three groups according to their ages; pre-school to SK, Gr. 1 to 5 and Gr. 6 to 8. Each group had its own age appropriate activities which kept them entertained and enjoying the…

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16 Jul

Annual Graduation Celebration 2017

On Sunday, July 16th, 2017, the church came together to celebrate the youth graduating from elementary, high school and university. By God’s grace we were able to congratulate many youth on a job well done and to encourage them for the road ahead! It was a great opportunity for families to share in the moment…

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03 Jul

University Group trip to Chicago 2017

The University Group went to see the Windy City from June 30 – July 3rd, 2017! They had a great weekend in Chicago seeing the sights and enjoying a baseball game together. It was a great time for them to get to know each other, share a laugh and even caught some fireworks along the…

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24 Jun

Parenting Teens Workshop 2017

On Saturday, June 24th, 2017, a workshop was conducted to help guide families with teen parenting.  Father Pishoy shared with parents how to relate to teens and love them unconditionally.  Ted, a Youth Counselor, gave parents an insight, provided by the youth, of how parents’ love might sometimes be overbearing and controlling.  Joe concluded the session with some teen parenting…

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26 May

Youth Group Gala 2017

On Friday May 26th, 2017 the youth enjoyed a gala to celebrate the end of the school year. They got the chance to dress up and enjoy a dinner to the theme of a masquerade ball. The banquet hall was decorated to match the theme and the youth got to enjoy some great fellowship and take…

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25 Mar

Indian Orthodox Liturgy 2017

SMSV was blessed to host our brothers and sisters from the Indian Orthodox community as they held a spiritual day for their youth and young adults on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The day began with a Divine Liturgy or Korbana, and continued with spiritual discussions. It was a wonderful opportunity for young adults from both…

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10 Mar

Youth March Break Retreat 2017

Over the March break, the youth grades 7 to 12 went to Evergreen Christian Ministries to enjoy a few days in fellowship. Together, they learned about Habakkuk 3:17-19 which talked about how to rejoice in the Lord even in the hard times and how to continue growing in the faith. It was 2 days filled…

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