Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church

Winchester, Virginia


What is HOPE/JOY and Who It Serves
The HOPE (Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education) is the ministry to Kindergarten through 2nd grade children of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Junior Orthodox Youth, or JOY, is the ministry to 3rd through 6th grade children of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since HOPE/JOY are ministries, the orientation and implementation of these programs should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life.

Mission & Goal of HOPE/JOY
The mission and goal of the HOPE/JOY ministries is to lead our children into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living church, our children will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, the young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them through life and strengthen them as they progress into junior high and high school.

For additional information regarding our HOPE/JOY program, please contact Annitsa Spanos (HOPE/JOY Director) at (443) 804-1750 or via email at