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

Live Stations of the Cross Live Stations sign up is in the gathering area for 9th-12th grade students. Practices are March 19, April 2, and April 9. We hope to see you there!

SOZO and Crusaders Retreat SOZO and Crusaders for Christ are embarking on a combined retreat with Our Lady Help of Christians. This will be an overnight retreat currently scheduled for Friday, March 10. We will be leaving St. Martin's at 6 p.m. Friday and returning Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Father Andy will be helping us learn about the hunger issue in our community and around the world. All students 6th-12th grade are welcome to sign up in the Gathering Area as well as start collecting food items for the food deficient. Please consider this very important retreat during our Lenten time of offering. We will also need parent volunteers to help drive our group.

Potluck Movie Nights We will be attending the Saturday 5pm Mass and then after we will head to the Education Building for a meal and a movie. Bring a dish to share and a chair to park yourself in!

September 17th: Miracles from Heaven (PG)
October 15th: The Race (PG 13)
November 19th: God's Not Dead 2 (PG)
December 17th: The Ultimate Gift (PG)
February 18th: The 33 (PG 13)
March 18th: Woodlawn (PG)


Teen Service Opportunities @ St. Martin's