Sts Columba & Kentigern
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Staveley Street, Edlington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Orthodox Cross
Situated above our church's main entrance
(Old) Icons of our Patron Saints
(These can still be viewed in our church)
Iconastasis showing the new Icon of Sts Columba and Kentigern
Sorry its a bit fuzzy, I'l try and get and better one as soon as I can
Our Patriarch and Metropolitan
Patriarch John 10th (left) and Metropolitan Silouan (right)
Icon of Christ flanked by Our Lady and St John the Forerunner
In pride of place on the Iconastasis, this icon was gifted to our church by Fr George in loving memory of Fr Dennis
The Altar
Viewed through the Royal Doors
The Bishop's Chair and Choir Stand
The item to the left is the Sepulchre, used during the seasons of Great Lent and Pascha
Ordination event at St Columba's May 2014
The whole congregation with the Clergy and Archbishop Ignatios
(New) Icon of St Columba (right) and St Kentigern (left)
Gifted to our church by Katiya Todorova
Our Clergy
Fr George
Our Archbishops Visit 12th Feb. 2017

Welcome

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.

Anyone may come to our church to "have a look" and you are assured of a warm welcome. Do not worry about how to act or what to do; just let the experience take care of itself. If you need any information about any aspect of our church or the Orthodox Church in general, do not hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fr. George (Evans), Parish Priest.

Fr George's Letter for May

Witness

This month we are in the Paschal season when as Orthodox Christians we proclaim our faith in the Resurrection of  Our Lord and God Jesus Christ to the whole world. We have St. Thomas Sunday when St. Thomas witnessed the Risen Lord after doubting that the other disciples had seen Him. We have the witness of the Holy Myrrh Bearing Women who found the empty tomb. In our world, divided and lost as it is, everything has to be proven even if the truth has to be altered a little to fit in with the powers that be.

We too have to be witnesses to our faith; as Christ told the disciples, those who have not seen but believe are indeed very blessed. In our congregation our witness to the joys of Easter mean that we are called to love each other as Christ loves us. There is no room for bitterness, envy or judgement of our fellow Orthodox Christians as the great love of God is freely given to us all and our dutiful response is to share this love.

In a part of Doncaster where there is a large Roma community who are often misunderstood, you will see on doors and in windows icons of the Resurrection. We didn"t see the Roma in church on Pascha Sunday but how many of us had icons in our windows and on our doors for all the world to see? Let us rejoice in our Orthodox faith and be not ashamed to proclaim:

 

"CHRIST IS RISEN!"

"HE IS RISEN INDEED!"

 

Much Love

Fr. George

Please pray -

FOR THE SICK:

especially Patriarch John, Mother Esodia, Robert, Doris, Maria, Lilia, Emma, Megan, Olga, James, and Jessie.

FOR THOSE IN NEED:

especially Michael; Ondar; George; and Christina, Christos and family.

FOR THOSE WHO LIE ASLEEP IN THE LORD:

All Orthodox Christians departed this life, in particular Winifred Swaby (22nd) together with all whose anniversaries occur this month and all who have reposed recently.

Memory Eternal


(Any renewals, alterations and/or new nominations for the prayer list can be forwarded to me (Subdeacon James) either by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on:07412884765. Thank you.)


NAME DAYS THIS MONTH:

John (-7th); Eliza (Constantina-21st); Jessica (Helen-21st); Sophia (-24th).

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