Welcome to our website which we hope will be of interest or a source of information to you. Ours is a parish of the Antiochian Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, which is in communion with all the canonical Orthodox Churches and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In line with Orthodox practice, our services are in the language of the people; in our case, English, Orthodox visitors of other backgrounds saying the Lord's Prayer in their native tongue.
The Orthodox Church lies in a tradition that goes back in an unbroken line to the Church of the Apostles and the earthly life of Christ Himself. We are often portayed as a very conservative church but this is a matter of faith and history; one cannot change the truth to fit into a very fleeting, passing, timescale when viewed with the eternity of God and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
In our church you will see many icons of Christ, the Mother of God and many saints and sacred events; a feature of Orthodoxy that proclaims the Incarnation of our Lord and God Jesus Christ and are often referred to as "windows into heaven". The priestly vestments are very beautiful; not for the glorification of the clergy but for the glory of sinful humanity transformed by the Grace of God. The Divine Liturgy is the principal service, when the faithful may receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Incense is used in all our services and permeates the fabric of the church itself. Thus we have a church that is internally very beautiful visually, has the aroma of sanctity and our ears are filled with beautiful music (Just human voices: instruments are not allowed). In some way the church building reflects the glory of Heaven and a place fitting for God.
Fr George's Letter for January
A NEW YEAR.
Once again we come to the start of a New Year, 2015, when we look forward to the future and look back on the past. We in our parish this last year have been very fortunate in that God sent us Fr. Deacon Thomas ordained by beloved Archbishop John who brought with him so much joy and happiness. When Fr. Thomas is ordained priest we will need to look for another deacon to replace him as this liturgical and pastoral life of the parish is so important. This will give a much needed continuity so that our church can witness to the Orthodox Faith in our little part of the world. Please pray for the clergy and for those who God may call to be the servants of the servants of God.
I would like to say a big “thank you” to all those who have supported the work of the parish in whatever way. Every little act of giving either monetary or of valuable time helps build a strong and sustainable church life that allows our Orthodox presence to be visible to the faithful and to those searching, that they may see it as a beacon calling them home.
May God grant you all “Many Years!”
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Megan Tolhurst, Olga, Dani Williams, Shirley Carolyn, and James Dellow.
FOR THOSE IN NEED:
especially Michael Moore, Ondar, Christos, George, Christina and family.
FOR THOSE IN CAPTIVITY:
especially Archbishops Paul (Antiochan) and John (Syriac) of Allepo, kidnapped in Syria and for all held captive in that troubled country;
FOR THOSE WHO LIE ASLEEP IN THE LORD:
All Orthodox Christians departed this life, in particular Fr Michael Harper (6th), Michael Szpakowiz (9th), Percy James Punter (12th), Joanna Szpakowiz (12th) and Vasilikee Luxton (17th), Exaterina (28th), and Katerina (28th) and all whose anniversaries occur this month; also for those who have died recently and for all who are coming to the end of their earthly lives.
Abduction of the Archbishops
Please join us in praying for their Eminences Archbishop Paul (Yazigi) Antiochian Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Archbishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, along with countless other Syrian and Iraqi peoples, abducted by persons unknown and whose whereabouts are unknown.
Archbishop John (Ibrahim)
Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo
Archbishop Paul (Yazigi)
Antiochian Orthodox Bishop
of Aleppo and Alexandretta