Bulletin 9 January

Schedule of Services

Sat, 21 May 2022
  • Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Sun, 22 May 2022
  • Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

  • 1:30 pm Baptism

  • 3:00 pm Wedding

Tue, 24 May 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Wed, 25 May 2022
  • Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist

  • 11:00 am Church open

Thu, 26 May 2022
  • 10:30 am Morning Prayer & Scripture Study

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 7:00 pm Vespers - Feast of Saint Mellangell

Fri, 27 May 2022
  • Melangell, Abbess of Penant

  • 11:00 am Church open

Sat, 28 May 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Sun, 29 May 2022
  • Sunday of the Blind Man

  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

Tue, 31 May 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Wed, 01 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

Thu, 02 Jun 2022
  • Holy Ascension

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy

Fri, 03 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Sat, 04 Jun 2022
  • Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Sun, 05 Jun 2022
  • The 318 Godbearing Fathers of the 1st Council

  • 9:00 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

  • 12:00 pm Refreshments

Tue, 07 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Wed, 08 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

Thu, 09 Jun 2022
  • 10:30 am Morning Prayer & Scripture Study

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 7:00 pm Small Paraklesis

Fri, 10 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Sat, 11 Jun 2022
  • The Saturday of Souls

  • Thyateira Midlands Ecclesiastical Seminary

    Magnet Centre, Park Approach, Birmingham B23 7SJ, UK

  • Bartholomew & Barnabas the Holy Apostles

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 6:00 pm Mnymosina

  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Sun, 12 Jun 2022
  • Holy Pentecost

  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

  • 12:00 pm Kneeling Vespers

  • 12:30 pm Greek BBQ

Mon, 13 Jun 2022
  • Monday of the Holy Spirit

Tue, 14 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Wed, 15 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 7:00 pm Scripture Study via Zoom

Thu, 16 Jun 2022
  • 10:30 am Morning Prayer & Scripture Study

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 7:00 pm Small Paraklesis

Fri, 17 Jun 2022
  • 11:00 am Church open

Sat, 18 Jun 2022
  • The Apodosis of Holy Pentecost

  • 11:00 am Church open

  • 6:00 pm Great Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Sun, 19 Jun 2022
  • The Sunday of All Saints

  • 9:30 am Matins (Morning Prayer)

  • 10:30 am Divine Liturgy (Eucharist)

  • 12:00 pm Children’s Catechesis | Varangian Guard Youth Club

Happy New Year!

On 1 January we celebrated the Feast of Saint Basil, the circumcision of the Lord and the New Year.

2022 is the centenary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.  Special commemorative silver coins were placed in the Vassilopita (Saint Basil’s bread) with icons of Saint Basil on them.

 

Holy Theophany

On 6 January we celebrated the feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  We blessed the River Severn in Shrewsbury and had lunch at the River Bank restaurant.

The River Severn, at 220 miles long, is the longest river in Great Britain. It is also the river with the most voluminous flow of water by far in all of England and Wales, with an average flow rate of 107 m³/s. So that’s a lot of holy water coming down the river!

House Blessings

Throughout January Father Stephen is available to bless houses.  As there are still COVID restrictions please arrange this by email holy.fathers [at] gmail.com or text him on his mobile number.

Latest COVID-19 regulations

The Government is currently regularly updating its COVID-19 regulations.  Please check for updates on the Government’s website.

For our church this means that unless you are exempt from doing so face coverings should be worn inside the church and we will need to allow more ventilation so wrap up warm.

Farewell to Owain Williams

Owain Williams will be leaving to start his naval officer training at Dartmouth on Monday 10 January.  On Sunday 9 January we will be having a farewell gathering to wish him luck and blessings.

Owain first came to our church twelve months ago.  He came to our church in search of Truth.  He found Christ and courageously gave up much to follow Him.  He is a much-loved member of our community.  We will miss him very much.  But … he will return often when he has leave.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Elena Corina Petrache and Petrache Cosmin on the birth of Iris Anays on 24 December 2021

Children’s Books Request

In the Gallery of our Church there is a library of both adult and children’s books. We are often given adult books as people sort out their bookshelves at home.  However, the children’s section has become depleted over the years.

If your children have grown out their books about faith or saints or scripture stories please donate them to our Library.

We now have “The Good Samaritan; A Children’s Catechism” by Fr Michael Shanbour in our library. This an excellent book to help children understand much about the Orthodox Faith. It gives the essence of the Orthodox Christian life without too much detail.  Parents would also benefit from it by reading it to their children.  If you want your own copy we can order this from America at £27.00 (or maybe less for a larger order).

Thank you.

Presvytera Catherine

 

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