St. Martin of Tours - Valley City, Ohio


About Sozo

(sode'-zo); This Verb is Greek and it seems to be a concept, a calling or a mission only accomplished through Love. It means (literally or figuratively): To Save, i.e., Deliver or Protect, To keep Safe and Sound, To Rescue from Danger or Destruction, To Save from Suffering, To Restore to Health, To Deliver from Evil, To Cure, To Renew, Heal, Preserve, Do well, Be or Make whole.

SOZO is here at St. Martin’s to develop and build our High School faith community. Through evangelization and the power of the Holy Spirit we use faith based activities to guide our teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus, family, friends & community. Jesus wants us to experience SOZO through Him, with Him and for the Glory of God the Father. We strive to empower the youth to become aware of their unique gifts and identity. We encourage recognition of how they fit into the Kingdom of God here on earth as strong confident disciples building up the Body of Christ.

Upcoming Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Camp 2018 Helpers Needed Our St. Martin's Summer Camp will be held June 18-22. Sign-up for all helpers has officially begun! Middle school and high school students are needed for teen leaders and camp helpers. We are also in need of adult helpers to help with building scenes, skit preparations, preparing snacks, doing crafts, playing games, and leading story times. All help is much appreciated, no matter how big or how small. Contact Carrie-Leigh Dean at (440) 483-3808 or by email at

End of the Year Celebration Any students that have attended the Monday afternoon SOZO hangouts over the past three years are invited to contact Terri Yohman, in the office, to sign up for the end of the year celebration. Thursday, May 31 we will meet at St. Martin's at 11 a.m. and travel to the Olive Garden in Middleburg Heights with parent drivers. Students are asked to bring $10 to put towards their meal.