"UNITY WHICH STRENGTHENS THE YOUTH OF OUR HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH AND CULTIVATES THE RENEWAL AND DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR FAITH"
The Central Youth Committee (CYC) of New South Wales, established in 1989, is a committee under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. It has as its head the Primate of the Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos.
The CYC is not a governing body of all youth fellowships. The CYC aims to bring together youth representatives from all NSW parishes, universities and other fellowships, and comes under the guidance of His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias.
The key aim of the CYC is to provide a nurturing and embracing environment where youth fellowships can work together in the true spirit of Orthodoxy in order to spiritually strengthen the youth of NSW.
The CYC also aims to:
support existing NSW fellowships with any issues that may arise;
establish new fellowship groups where they are needed;
issue communications that update the youth on weekly Church events; and
organise and coordinate State-wide events, with the view to enable the youth of NSW to meet other young people from various parishes and fellowships.
We know how important it is to connect with people in the same generation, people who are facing the same milestones and challenges as you. It's especially important when you throw Orthodoxy in the mix, because we all need Christ-minded friendships to help us through our spiritual journey.
We know that the younger generation in our church face unique pressures and obstacles, especially when it comes to our faith. But we have also been blessed with an innovative and positive outlook and a skill set designed to serve. That's why the CYC is trying to work as a gateway for all young Orthodox Christians to meet, mingle and build each other up in a true spirit of Orthodoxy.
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU
Throughout the year, the CYC organises a number of activities, which enable state-wide interaction between youth fellowships.
Communication (via weekly e-mails, our social media, newspaper advertising & parish distribution) of a State youth program, meetings, events and more;
Annual State Youth Retreats, and NSW State and National Youth Conferences;
Talks for Young Christians and social events;
Archdiocese Christmas Carols;
Providing assistance with the organisation of the Epiphany celebrations at Yarra Bay;
Introducing and informing the youth of the monastic life of our Church by organising regular trips to Monasteries
WANT TO BECOME A CYC REP?
Any young person between 18 - 30 years is welcome to join the CYC. One or two representatives from each parish are encouraged to formally represent their parish on the CYC, to ensure broad, structured and effective coverage.
If you would like to get involved in the CYC, please contact your parish priest, or your parish CYC representative for further information.
We usually meet once a month at All Saints Church Belmore, in the presence of the priest presiding over the committee, Father Apostolos Trifyllis.
During meetings, we discuss what is happening with the youth at our parishes and to organise inter-parish events. It is necessary for youth representatives to be able to drive or transport themselves to meetings through their own means.
If you have questions about what is required of parish representatives, email firstname.lastname@example.org.