AC2019 is dedicated to generations of Orthodox Teenagers. Besides observing the 50th Anniversary of the formation of NAC TEEN SOYO by his Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, and 40th Anniversary of the ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE, teens from our seven dioceses will take part in a Leadership Training program led by Fr. Joseph Purpura, Head of the Archdiocese Dept. of Youth. At the SOYO Leadership Conference, they will engage in three days and nights of intense programming including a Teen Workshop Retreat.

Wednesday night, teens from parishes across North America will represent their respective diocese at the hotly contested, awe inspiring BIBLE BOWL 2019. Teams have been preparing for an entire year, studying St. Paul’s Letters to the Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. It’s guaranteed to amaze. So grab dinner with your friends and come cheer your diocesan team on to victory. Following Bible Bowl, there is a 50TH ANNIVERSARY NAC TEEN SOYO DANCE. It’s a party just for YOU!

On Thursday, the youth will work on a Humanitarian Project bagging meals for Kids’ Food Basket. Friday, they’re off to the beaches of Lake Michigan. We’ll have a towel for you.

Saturday morning, is the traditional Oratorical Festival where once again, the best of the best from across the Archdiocese are showcased delivering their message “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” These teenagers will touch your heart with their faith. Following the Oratorical, the teens disperse for a Scavenger Hunt around downtown Grand Rapids. So much to do. So many new friends to do it all with.


Now is the time to REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN (AGES 4-12) FOR KIDS’ CLUB! Not only will it allow you as parents to attend all the meetings, workshops and events on your list, but it will be a fun and educational time for your kids, too! They’ll learn about their amazing Orthodox faith, have tons of fun with friends and experience some of the best kid spots in Grand Rapids. It’s like their own mini convention at the convention! Check out this awesome schedule for the week:

Tuesday, July 23

10:30-11:15am Experiencing Christ in Worship Through the Sense of HEARING

11:15-2:00pm Learn how to CHANT

12:00-12:45pm Lunch

1:00-4:00pm Play at the GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Wednesday, July 24

10:30-11:15am Experiencing Christ in Worship Through the Sense of TOUCH

11:15-12:00pm Make a PRAYER BRACELET

12:00-12:45pm Lunch

1:00-4:00pm Swim in the hotel POOL and/or play on the ATHLETIC COURTS

Thursday, July 25

10:30-11:15am Experiencing Christ in Worship Through the Sense of SIGHT

11:15-12:00pm Learn about ICONOGRAPHY and DECORATE AN ICON

12:00-12:45pm Lunch

1:00-4:00pm Explore the TOYS! exhibit at the GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC MUSEUM

Friday, July 26

10:30-11:15am Experiencing Christ in Worship Through the Senses of TASTE & SMELL

11:15-12:00pm Learn how to BAKE HOLY BREAD

12:00-12:45pm Lunch

1:00-4:00pm Enjoy ice cream at KILWINS and playtime at AH-NAB-AWEN PARK

The daily rate for Kids’ Club is $20 per child, with lunch and field trips included. Sign up for just the days you need, or save by purchasing the Kids’ Club Package, which includes all 4 days for $70.

Please note, Kids’ Club is also available on the following evenings:

  • Tuesday (6:30-9:00pm) during the Order of St. Ignatius Dinner
  • Saturday (6:00-10:00pm) during the Light the Night Gala: Dinner and Dance

Each evening includes dinner and is $25 per child. Kids’ Club evenings/dinners are not included in the Kids’ Club Package. They can be purchased a la carte, or the “Kids’ Club Saturday Dinner” can be purchased as part of the Children’s Convention Package. If you purchase the Children’s Convention Package, but you would rather have your child attend the Light the Night Gala Dinner and Dance, you must select the “Kids’ Club Saturday Dinner Upgrade to Light the Night Gala: Dinner/Dance” for $50. This upgrade can be found under the Ticketed Events on the Online Event Registration Page.

We are ready to welcome your children to Grand Rapids, and we’re excited to have fun with them all week long! Get the most out of the convention for you and your children by REGISTERING THEM FOR KIDS’ CLUB TODAY!

To register, click here. Once your child is registered, print and fill out a Kids’ Club Medical Form and bring it with you to the first day of Kids’ Club.



Young Adults love to get together, try new things, go off to new places. AC2019 will give them plenty of opportunity to do just that.

Wednesday, July 24, 1:00PM-4:00PM: Downtown Market Hangout – come and enjoy each other’s company while indulging in some delicious food from various Grand Rapids hot spots.

Thursday, July 25,1:00PM-4:00PM: Afternoon @ New Holland Brewery– let’s get together for lunch, a beer and catch up with old friends while exploring one of downtown Grand Rapids largest breweries.

Friday, July 26, 11:00AM – 5:00PM:  Beach Day – join the rest of the convention to travel to Lake Michigan for the afternoon to relax, play, and swim. Beach towels will be waiting.

Saturday, July 27, 10:30AM-11:30AM: YAM Seminar – “Coffee Meets Bagel” – a discussion on relationships and being an Orthodox Christian in today’s society. Father Nicholas Belcher, Hierarchical Assistant at the Antiochian Archdiocese will be leading the discussion.

Saturday, July 27, 1:00PM-4:00PM: Fellowship @ Founders and Grand Rapids Brewing Co.a central place for YAMs to connect, eat, enjoy a beer at two of Grand Rapids most famous breweries and be together before heading back home the next day. Grand Rapids is known as ‘Beer City USA’ so you can’t leave Grand Rapids without a taste of our home-grown brew.


Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. Amway Ambassador Ballroom East – This dinner is open to all St. Ignatius members as well as inquirers. As the philanthropic arm of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Order of St. Ignatius will be celebrating the Spirit of Giving throughout North America. It will be An Evening of ‘Remembering When’ sharing memories of the Antiochian Village and SOYO.

Cost: $100 per person


Wednesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m. Pantlind Ballroom – 45 years ago, the North American Board of Women in the Antiochian Archdiocese was founded. To mark this milestone, past and current presidents of NAB Women will be recognized at a Luncheon in their honor. Every woman from every church in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese is invited to attend. From the start of NAB, women of the parishes in North America have been working together to build a thriving and welcoming community in their home churches and across the Archdiocese. We Salute Them. The NAB Women will hold their meeting before and after the lunch.

Cost:  $50 per person