Acolytes (Altar Boys)
All boys in the parish over the age of 10 may serve as an Altar Boy. Being and Altar Boy is a wonderful way to learn the Divine Liturgy and create friends and fellowship with other youth. Twice a year, Altar Boys go on an overnight retreat at the All Saints Camp. Altar Boys must be on time each Sunday and participate at the special services throughout the year.
The Bookstore, located next to the elevator, carries a full selection of Orthodox books, icons, CDs, and gift items. The bookstore is open on Sundays after Divine Liturgy. If you wish to purchase an item during the week, please contact our church office at 206-631-2500.
The St. Demetrios Liturgical Choir sings each Sunday from September through June. Anyone interested in joining the choir is welcome to attend rehearsals; for further information contact the choir director or assistant choir director.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (O.C.F.)
Orthodox Christian Fellowship group consists of college age students who meet once per week on Mondays. O.C.F. is intended to be an organization that transitions youth from high school to college and to provide a social group for young adults. Through fellowship, college youth come together and stay close with the church.
Pastoral Care is the ministry provided by our priests to visit the sick in the hospital and homebound. It is an outreach program to ensure that our faith reaches all of those that are part of our parish. If you have a familiy member, relative or friend that is in the hospital or is in need of pastoral care, please contact our church office at 206-325-4347. Pastoral care is provided by our clergy for the those in hospitals 24/7.
This is a group of men and women elected by the general membership of the church of our community to oversee the day-to-day operations of the church, the ministries of the church and for the good of the community. The members of the parish council must be stewards in good standing and ecclesiastically committed to the church. There are fifteen members on the Parish Council and each member is elected to a three-year term with the option of being re-elected to a second three-year term. The Parish Council meets once per month.
The Ladies' Philoptochos is known as a "friend of the poor." The St. Demetrios Philoptochos serves over 3000 meals to the poor each year and provides assistance to those that are struggling in life or dealing with debilitating illnesses.
Bible Study is conducted by our Parish Priests and meets every Monday at 6 pm. Classes discuss passages in the Bible as they relate to our lives today and to the church.
Sunday School religious education is held for children from 3 years old through high school on Sundays immediately following Communion. Sunday School is held from September through May, and recesses during the summer months.
Very Important Persons (VIPs)
The purpose of the VIPs organization is to provide fellowship and a program of activities for the benefit of its members. In addition, the group exists to provide a forum for the members to discuss their mutual problems and to look for solutions thereof. Membership is extended to all adults in the St. Demetrios Community.
St. Demetrios has a strong youth ministry that encompasses all age groups from 3 years up through high school. More information...
St. Demetrios Church and its organizations support many philanthropic, civic, and cultural programs, in addition to serving the spiritual needs of parishoners. These activities include—but are not limited to—the following, in no particular order of our support:
Feed the homeless monthly
Fred Hutchinson Pastoral program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Orphans at St. Basil’s Academy
The Guadalupe Homes
Ethnic Heritage Council
Kids ‘n’ Cancer Camping program (Camp Agape)
Boyer Children’s Clinic
Flood, fire and earthquake victims
Battered women’s groups
Help needy children attend summer camp
Community service programs
Cultural folk programs
Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna; Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria; Gorgonia the Righteous, sister of Gregory the Theologian; Damian the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey