Chapter spotlight: Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Cheltenham, PA
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:17
We all know the undoubted value of social gatherings and events: networking, enforcing a sense of community, promoting our culture and fun are among the motives. The Holy Trinity ACYOA Seniors of Cheltenham, PA have found another way to connect with each other—a monthly young adult Bible Study.
Hosted by our pastor, the Rev. Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan, each month a group of young adults gather at church for a few hours to read, talk and ask questions about the Bible. “As pastor of Holy Trinity, I am blessed to have such nice ACYOA members with whom I started Bible Study. All of them are very spiritual, intelligent and active adults. Bible Study is a unique way for me to interact with them, to teach them and to learn from them. I believe that in this way we can come to know each other, to share our spiritual experiences and to serve our God and Church in a better way,” says Der Hakob.
Even though parishioners hear weekly sermons at Badarak and may read Scripture on their own, Bible Study allows individuals to openly discuss and understand relevant passages, bringing meaning and context to what we believe and practice as Armenian Orthodox Christians. The small setting also allows the young adults to relate lessons to their daily lives and truly bond with one another on a different level. Participant Diana Lulejian says, “Coming together once a month with my contemporaries to discuss God’s Word has been more rewarding with Der Hakob than with any previous studies in my past. There’s a connection because we all seem to match each other equally; we’re close in age, have the same ethnicity and we all grew up in the same church. We come from different families but we all relate as one new family.”
Submitted by Nadia Silk, Chapter Chair