A Parish Council is, by definition, the body of practicing Orthodox Christians elected by the members of our parish for the purpose of working together with the Priest in fulfilling the needs of our Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. They serve as stewards of the Parish, seeking to the best of human capabilities to fulfill the missions entrusted to them by the Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. The St. Barbara Parish Council consists of twelve elected members that oversee the business matters of the Church. They are elected by the participating Parish membership and must be in good standing and ecclesiastically in order. The Council meets once a month or as needed. Click here for The Parish Council 2010-11 Roster.
Our St. Barbara Parish is indeed blessed by the presence of a dynamic, and dedicated women’s organization- our Philoptochos. The National Philoptochos Society is the duly accredited ladies philanthropic organization of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Striving to live up to its name, “friend of the poor”, from the Greek words “philos” and “ptochos” – the organization generously supports the many ministries of our Archdiocese and Diocese. On the local level, our St. Barbara Philoptochos Society is the right hand of the Church and has a long list of accomplishments. In 1992, the Philoptochos donated to the Church the Tonelli designed Baptismal Font and at a later date the beautiful mosaic icon of the Baptism of Christ. All women 18 and over are invited to attend and participate in Philoptochos. Meetings are held once a month and new members are always welcome!
THE CRAFTS GROUP
The Craft Group is a very active group of our Philoptochos. Gatherings are usually held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., and new members are always welcome. The items they make are sold at our Annual Fall Bazaar.
THE YOUNG SPIRITS
The purpose of the Young Spirits organization is to provide fellowship and a program of social activities for the benefit of its members, to include day-trips to monasteries and other churches, plays, dinner outings and gatherings in member’s homes. Membership is extended to all “young at heart” adults in the St. Barbara Community. For more information, contact Mary Nicholson at 941-359-0860.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Our Bible Study meeting occurs regularly on Wednesday nights. The participants receive a number of 18 questions every week. These questions are based on a particular chapter and book of the Scripture that we study. We use the Orthodox Study Bible to take advantage of the articles and the footnotes explanations. Of course that we recomend the Orthodox traditional way of teaching the faith and the Holy Scriptures – participation in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church.
Our wonderful Choir provides the liturgical music and helps to lift our hearts to God in all our worship services throughout the year. Anyone interested in joining the Senior Choir should contact the Church Office. Althaia Vitikos, our choir director always welcomes new members.