What are the Circles of the Cross?

At the National Young Adult Leadership Conference on February 4-6, 2000, His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, former Primate of the Eastern Diocese (1990-2018), called a gathering of enthusiastic young adults in an effort to develop a new mission statement and direction for young adult ministry in the Diocese in the Armenian Church.

 

In a continued effort to meet the needs of young adults within the diocese, the Primate assigned the Central Council of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA), and the directors of the Department of Youth Ministry to lead the innovative program.

 

Focusing on the five areas necessary for a complete youth ministry platform including worship, witness, service, education and fellowship, the Cross of Circles ensures that the ACYOA provides well-balanced programming that continues to pursue its mission of bringing youth of the Armenian Church closer to Christ.

Worship

In worship we continually strengthen our relationship with God through our participation in the sacraments and communal and personal prayer.

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Worship ties together the two-fold nature of both personal and communal worship, as well as being an integral member of our community as Armenian Christians. In our daily lives, worship takes a more informal role, especially by witnessing such faith in others, serving the faithful in the example of Jesus, educating fellow Christians in our beliefs, and most of all, engaging in constant fellowship towards our brothers and sisters in Christ.