Hope & Joy


Boys and girls between the ages of 4-7 are invited to join H.O.P.E., and ages 8-11 for J.O.Y.  These programs give the children the opportunity to learn about their faith, their church and the social world around them.  Meetings are held once a month on Fridays.

For More information: joy@stathanasiosnj.org


Dear Parents,

We hope that you and your family had a wonderful summer and we want to welcome you to another exciting year of HOPE/JOY!

What is HOPE/JOY? The purpose of HOPE (Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education) and JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth) is to gather and create Orthodox Christian fellowship for children ages 4-7 (we accept children below the age of 4, but MUST be accompanied by parent) and 8-12 respectively. By making friendships early on, the children will want to come and participate later for GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) and have a greater participation in the Greek Orthodox Christian community as they grow and also make lifelong friendships.

Activities are held once a month on Fridays (usually following the conclusion of Greek Dance) and center on themes/holidays that take place in the month.Father begins the activity with a lesson for the children and prayer, followed by dinner and the activity.HOPE/JOY families must be current stewards with St. Athanasios for the 2019-2020 year & have completed registration (enclosed).

Finally, please follow us on our private Facebook page: St. Athanasios H.O.P.E/J.O.Y. for the most updated information.

Please contact us if you have any questions and we hope that you and your families join us for another successful year!

Your H.O.P.E./J.O.Y. Advisors,

Ellainy Karaboitis-Christopoulos Angela Koutsouras

(201) 681-8174 (201) 538-2008