Yes! Our children worship with us.

We do not shuffle them off to kiddie church or Sunday school during the liturgy. Your children are welcome too, and you’re in good company. We have many babies and children in our parish. 

If you want to raise your children in the Church, then they have to be IN THE CHURCH. The entire spiritual culture of the Orthodox faith is necessary formation for everyone, whether 4o days old, 40 years old, or 40 years a senior citizen. We are forming the process of their spiritual life, not providing programs that keep them busy and distracted.

Don’t worry if your child wiggles and squirms a bit. God put the wiggle in them, don’t try to get it out! Unless your child is making more noise than our priest and choir, stay put. When they need a little more room, just walk them to the back, we have a "cry room" off to the side with a large window and a speaker, so that you and they can still see and hear what’s going on. 

It can be a sacrifice to raise children in the Church, and we know it, but if your child doesn’t learn to incline his/her heart in worship, and turn aside from distraction from a young age, how in the world will they survive as an older Christian in a world which is designed to distract them?

Relax. We’re here to help you raise saints.

Upcoming Calendar
  • Sat
    25May

    5:00PM Great Vespers and Matins
  • Sun
    26May

    9:10 The Hours
    9:30 Divine Liturgy.
  • Wed
    29May

    11:00AM-1:30PM Silent Prayer & Confession

What is the Orthodox Church?

“The Orthodox Christian Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the
Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago.”
– Our Life in Christ

The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Michael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Old Forge and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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