THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN ATTENDING THE STSA OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1. 

The open house will include four inspirational messages from Fr. Anthony as well as three break out groups.

Break out groups are a chance to chat directly with our lead volunteers and staff specifically about our various ministries and services. A list of break out group topics are below. We can’t wait to meet you!


Saturday Morning Break Out Group Options

Creating a welcoming Sunday experience

The first thing people notice when they visit STSA is the FRIENDLINESS!  That’s not by accident.  Everything we do on Sunday mornings is done with the intention of making guests feel welcome and giving them a “WOW” experience that makes them want to return.  In this breakout, we’ll share what we do and why we do it and how you can do it at your church as well.

Liturgical worship in English

Liturgical worship can seem intimidating to someone who’s never been to an Orthodox Church, and can be even more difficult to grasp in a language you don’t understand. Through easy to follow powerpoint slides, liturgical guides, and LOTS of preparation, our deacons make it seem inviting, encouraging, and inspiring. Get a chance to hear directly from our Deacons team on how they make that happen week after week.

Developing communication and public speaking skills

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14.  The call to be a preacher is an important one, but not an easy one.  We’ve been entrusted with a life-changing message and it’s essential that we learn how to communicate it effectively - especially if our goal is to bring an ancient faith to a modern world.  In this breakout, you’ll get some tips from our speakers team and see how they seek to continually develop their communication skills.

Exploring "The Well" creative process

The Well is known not only for it’s dynamic speaker, but also for the creative elements that go into it.  In this breakout, you’ll hear from the team that collaborates to make that all happen.  We’ll walk you through the nuts and bolts of our brainstorming process and how we go from “an interesting topic” to “an exciting, attention-grabbing” experience for those in attendance.


Saturday Afternoon Break Out Group Options

CREATING AN ENGAGING CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCE (PRE-K-6TH GRADE)

“If you win over the kids, you’ll win over the family!”  Kids today need more than the “classic Sunday school” lesson.  They need an engaging program that teaches eternal truths, in creative and fun-filled ways.  Our goal at STSA is to create a weekly environment that delivers to children a love for God, a love for our Orthodox faith, and an ability to practice that love in their daily lives.

Reaching a generation leaving the church (Young Adults)

Millennials are leaving the church in droves.  Many are looking for more depth in their faith and more authenticity in their relationships.  At STSA, we try to make these connections for any young adult who comes through our doors.  Join us for a discussion on what has worked for us (and what hasn’t!) to help you find the right balance for your young adult community.

Recruiting, developing, and managing volunteers

At STSA over 75% of our members are actively volunteering.  That’s unheard of!  We’ve reached this point by creating unique opportunities for service and by developing practical systems for recruitment, training and evaluation.  Hear directly from our Volunteer Coordinator on how we make it all happen.

Developing communication and public speaking skills

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14.  The call to be a preacher is an important one, but not an easy one.  We’ve been entrusted with a life-changing message and it’s essential that we learn how to communicate it effectively - especially if our goal is to bring an ancient faith to a modern world.  In this breakout, you’ll get some tips from our speakers team and see how they seek to continually develop their communication skills.

Engaging the community

Hope Multiplied is the name of the Community Impact organization created by STSA.  Because of it, we’ve been able to build a very positive image in the local community by addressing not only the spiritual needs but also the physical needs of that community. Whether it’s serving the homeless, partnering with local elementary schools, or operating a mobile health clinic for kids in downtown DC, you won’t want to miss a chance to hear from Hope Multiplied leaders on how to make a difference in your own community.


Sunday Afternoon Break Out Group Options

Church membership & spiritual education

How do you turn casual attendees into committed members?  What are the steps people take?  In this breakout, we’ll talk about our spiritual development philosophy and the specifics of our program - which begins with a 6-week membership class and continues through a set of courses we call Ancient Faith Classes.

Building UP the next generation (7th-12th grade)

At STSA, we want our teens to become the tidal wave that will turn our world upside down with the love of Christ! Our goal is to equip our youth for the amazing adventure that God has called them to live out. We offer our teens an experience that is less like a traditional Sunday School class, and more like what their parents would experience in The Well.  We call it THE WAVE and it’s where our youth experience real friendships, real food and real life.

Building authentic community through groups

We believe God created the church to fulfill our relational needs in addition to our spiritual needs.  That means being part of the church is more than just attending on Sundays.  We think church should be a place where people connect and find true friendship with one another.  We do this through what we call GROUPS.  We have learning groups, leisure groups, and life groups - each with a specific purpose.  In this breakout, you’ll learn more about these groups and how we use them to build authentic community, despite not having our own church building.

Your church's digital presence

These days, a digital presence is usually people’s first impression of a church. It can reflect whether or not someone would feel welcome or help relieve some initial stresses of how to find parking, or which room to look for.  It’s also a way to connect with people outside your immediate area and share God’s messages with them.  Hear from our team on some of the tools we use to create our digital content.

Portable church Sunday logistics A-Z

At STSA, we’ve always operated as a “portable” church.  We unpack and start from scratch every week - our altar, our AV equipment, children’s resources, etc.  And then put it all back into storage and get ready to do it all again the following week.  Being portable adds a particular strain on church resources - both physical and human.  In this breakout, we’ll share the strategies we’ve implemented and the lessons we’ve learned from seven years of being a portable church.