ENCINO–The Holy Martyrs Church of Encino Armenian Church Youth Association (ACYA) made its presence felt at the 30th Annual Homenetmen Navasartian Games. With a booth that informed onlookers of religous materials and the Association’s meetings–the ACYA sparked the interest of new members to join its ran’s as it works to bring young people and the Church together.
Both young and old came to view the pictures of how Holy Martyrs was first erected and how the Armenian Church Youth Association was first founded. Many members of the community and dignitaries visted the booth–including Father Razmig Khatchadourian–pastor of the Holy Martyrs Church of Encino–who blessed the booth. "Young people are the future of our Church…our ACYA is playing an important role in the community," stated Father Khatchadourian.
The ACYA is an organization which was founded under the auspices of the Western Prelacy of North America. Through the guidance and direction of Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian–the ACYA has grown tremendously within the past year and continues to grow month by month.
"Our Youth is our asset today and tomorrow and they have the resposibility to carry to torch to the coming generations" stated Knar Kortoshain–Chairperson of the ACYA Board.
The Holy Martyrs Church ACYA consists of an Executive Board and an Advisory Committee. There is also a Central Executive committee under the Western Prelacy of North America. The ACYA at Holy Martyrs consists of young professionals who are active in either college or the business world. They are between the ages of 18-35 and each bring a unique flavor to the group.
"It is a glorious day today–because we see that the Armenian Church Youth Association is strong and moving forward," continued ACYA Central Executive Board Member Gregory Martayan. The Holy Martyrs Board of Trustees President Zeron Titizian stated–"We are behind our ACYA 100% and we wish them the best of success and a bright future."