4 Dec, Saturday: Divine Liturgy with Bishop Raphael of Ilion presiding, 11.00am
Saint Nicholas Festival
On the 5 December we will be holding our annual Saint Nicholas Festival after the Divine Liturgy in Telford.
Festive crafts for the children, a visit from Saint Nicholas, Hamper Raffle, Soup and bread, mulled wine.
Help for the homeless
During the Nativity Fast we will be having special collections for the Shrewsbury Ark. The Shrewsbury Ark Provides ongoing support and day centre facilities for the homeless and vulnerable in our community. Please give generously!
The children of the Varangian Guard Youth Club make gifts to the vulnerable children of the Shrewsbury Ark each year. If your children are not members of the youth club but you would still like to contribute please let Presvytera Catherine know.
Carols at Oak Street
There will be carols and festivities after the Divine Liturgy on 12 December at Veronica’s house: 15 Oak Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7QR.
All are welcome!
New Book for Wednesday Scripture Study
We will be starting to study a new book in our weekly scripture study via zoom on a Wednesday evening as we have now finished reading the life of Luke of Simferopol.
From Wednesday 8 December at 7pm we will start to study The religion of the Apostles: Orthodox Christianity in the First Century by Father Stephen de Young. You can order the book from our bookstall – please speak to Veronica Davies.
Father Dr. Stephen De Young traces the lineage of Orthodox Christianity back to the faith and witness of the apostles, which was rooted in a first-century Jewish worldview. The Religion of the Apostles presents the Orthodox Christian Church of today as a continuation of the religious life of the apostles, which in turn was a continuation of the life of the people of God since the beginning of creation.
About the Author: Father Stephen De Young is the pastor of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in Lafayette, Louisiana. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Amridge University and is the host of The Whole Counsel of God podcast and co-host of the Lord of Spirits podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. He is also the author of The Whole Counsel Blog on the Ancient Faith Ministries website. For years Fr. Stephen has been teaching the Bible by taking ideas current in biblical scholarship and explaining them to laypeople to make both those ideas and the Scriptures more accessible.
It is essentially a one-volume Orthodox Biblical theology, giving an overall framework for understanding the Scriptures.
Join the Scripture Study via Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 816 2985 4019
Ioannis Papagiannidhs’ funeral took place at the Church of the Apostle Luke in Glasgow on 24 November with the burial afterwards in Auchinleck close to where Effie and the children live. Bishop Raphael presided at the funeral. There was much sorrow mixed with joy – sorrow for the family left behind. Joy because Iaonnis was very strong in his faith in God, had an unwavering hope in the resurrection unto life, and was a wonderful example of great love and sacrifice.
Effie has been granted great strength. She has not driven for ten years but got straight into the car and has been driving the family to church into Glasgow which is a a great maize of fly-overs and spaghetti junctions.
Thanks goes to those who went up to Scotland to represent our community. The family were very grateful. Six of us travelled up together on the train.
We continue to collect money for the family so that we can help them at this time: Give via PayPal
Thanks to all those who have given so generously!!!
In search of Saint Aelhaiarn’s Well
Saint Aelhaiarn (al-high-arn) was a Welsh Confessor who lived in the 7th C. He had two brothers, Llwchaiarn and Cynhaiarn. The family was descended from the ruling dynasty of the Kingdom of Powys at that time which traced its lineage
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Christmas Cards on Sale Now
This year we have two beautiful new Christmas Cards for sale, printed from icons of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, painted by Aidan Hart. The cards (with envelopes) are blank inside for your own message
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A Christmas Wonderland
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira warmly invites you to join it at the 3rd Enlightened Evening reception on Sunday, 12th December 2021 (16:30 to 20:30) at The Hellenic Centre, Marylebone, W1U 5AS. Come and enjoy a sumptuous Greek buffet
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