On behalf of the entire St. Nectarios community, Fr. Peter Balkas, our Pastoral Assistant Boris Dinkov and I want to thank you and your son(s) for participating as an Acolyte of St. Nectarios.
I personally have very fond memories growing up as an Acolyte in the Chicagoland Metropolis. There were many lifelong lessons I learned during that time which still have an impact on my life today, and have kept me personally close to the church my entire life.
We are very fortunate to have an Acolyte program in the Greek Orthodox Church which allows young men the opportunity to participate in services on a regular basis. I am confident that your son(s) will come away with a greater respect for the church and learn so much as an Acolyte at St. Nectarios.
Being an Acolyte is an honor for any young man in the church. And therefore, should be treated with respect. With the help of Fr. Peter, we have all put together an Acolyte Agreement for not only the boys to sign, but for the parents to sign as well. As part of the Acolyte program here at St. Nectarios, we have different Acolyte groups, so that the boys can work together as a team, learn responsibility, and develop leadership skills.
In addition, this year under the direction of Fr. Peter all Acolytes will be required to register for an attend Sunday School. The groups will allow for the boys to have a regular schedule as to when they will be required to serve, and will ensure that they don’t miss Sunday School continuously. Within the groups there will be Captains who have shown shown initiative over the past years. For your convenience, the link to the Sunday School registration is here: https://stnectariosgoc.wufoo.com/forms/p4w7ijg00qxkr7/
Please submit the attached 2016-2017 Acolyte Agreement signed by both your son via this Google Form. You will need to submit one form for each of your sons. Once we have the final listing of boys, we will email out the Acolyte groups to all families. The schedule will start on Sunday September 18, 2016 (the Sunday after the 1st day of Sunday School which begins on September 11th). We have done our best to group siblings together on the same groups. In addition, we will evaluate the groups throughout the first few months and make any adjustments (based on attendance) so that we can ensure we always have a solid group to be helping out behind the Altar.
We will be doing our best to communicate with all families via email throughout the year.
In His Work:
Ted PappasAltar Director Rev. Fr. Peter G. Balkas Borislav DinkovProestamenos Pastoral Assistant
I understand that I am pledging a commitment to arrive at the Church no later than 9:25 a.m. so that I can serve in the Holy Altar for the entirety of the Divine Liturgy. I will also, to the best of my ability serve the other Divine Services of the Church whenever I can attend.
I will dress appropriately for Church with a shirt and tie. I will wear dark pants and dress shoes.
I will say the Acolyte’s Prayer and have Fr. Peter bless my vestments.
I will always leave the Altar and Vesting Room cleaner than when I found it, taking care to fold my Robe and Belt.
I will listen attentively to the Scripture Readings and Sermons.
I will attend Sunday School following Holy Communion every week, even during weeks where my team is scheduled to serve (Captains will be exempt from Sunday School during their scheduled weeks in order to help with the needs of Liturgy following Holy Communion).
I will let Mr. Ted Pappas, Altar Director; know when my son(s) cannot attend Church because the Church depends on my son(s) for the weeks that he is scheduled to serve.
I will share this responsibility with my son(s) of whom I am extremely proud.