Many people seek to be received into the Orthodox Church. Sometimes they will come from a Christian religious background: Charismatic, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican or Roman Catholic. However, they will often have no religious background and will not be baptised. Once they have attended services for s period and expressed their desire to become Orthodox Christians to the clergy, a programme of instruction / catechism and reading will be devised suitable to their needs and gifts.
There is a continuous programme of study which takes place either on Thursday mornings after a service in the church and on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. These are based around a text: the Bible, one of the Church Fathers or an Orthodox devotional text, which are read aloud stimulating questions and discussion. The details for joining our online study sessions are provided in the weekly bulletin.
The Thyateira Midlands Ecclesiastical Seminary is for those who wish to delve deeper into their Faith. There are two courses: a general introductory course, currently of one year which leads to the Certificate and a two year course which leads to the Diploma. Candidates for the Diploma must have attended the Certificate course. The sessions are held at the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and Saint Luke, Birmingham and take place on the second Saturday of each month for ten months of the year. For more information please visit the website of our archdiocese.