Category Archives: Announcements

Orthodox Crossing: Intermission

I do enjoy an intermission. When I used to work for Snape Maltings Concert Hall I could get to be part of loads of them. Every other night during festival times. It was a chance for me to roll a

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Visit of His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene to Shrewsbury for his name day

On Sunday, 21st January 2024, His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene presided at Matins and celebrated the Divine Liturgy. The Very Reverend Protopresbyter Stephen Maxfield and Presbyter Panteleimon Maxfield served with His Grace. We were honoured to have His Grace

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2023 Christmas Message of His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas

Beloved in Christ, As we approach the Great Feast of the Nativity, I would like to call to mind a beautiful, almost haunting, Christmas carol, which has its origins as a Latin hymn. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a

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Icon of Saint Stehen and Catherine

Thanks on the occasion of a new icon

Dearly beloved fellow travellers, We are absolutely delighted with the very first exterior icon at our church, of the Proto-Martyr Stephen and the Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria, our own patron saints. How amazing that God has led us to

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2024 wall calendar

2024 Wall Calendars now for sale

The 2024 wall calendar has gone to print and will be available in church from 6 December onwards.   As last year, the calendar shows all of the feasts of the Lord and the Theotokos, fasting rules for each day and

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Four received into the Orthodox Church

On Saturday, 4th November 2023, at the Holy Church of the 318 Holy Fathers, Shrewsbury John, Steve, Zoe and Amy were received into the Orthodox Church after a period of instructional catechism. Many years!

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Orthodox Crossing: Inner Doors, Outer Rooms

A sense of place. Everywhere has it, but we are always looking for it and hope to sense it the moment we come upon it. I did when I first started working as a stagehand for Aldeburgh Music at Snape

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St Symeon the Stylite

On this day, the first of September, our Church celebrates the memory of the venerable Symeon the Stylite. Our venerable Father Symeon was born about the year 390 in a certain village named Sis, in the mountain region of Cilicia

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Visit of His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene

On Sunday 9 July, His Grace Bishop Maximos of Melitene will make a pastoral visit to the Church of the 318 Holy Fathers. His Grace will preside at Matins at 9 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy. All are encouraged to

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Let your light shine – ministries of our church

Dearly beloved in the Lord In my email earlier this week, I appealed to people of our church to put themselves forward for candidates for election on the Church Board – the leadership team responsible for furthering the mission of

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Can you help the mission of the Church by labouring in its service?

Dearly beloved in the Lord With His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas’s blessing, we will be bringing forward our biannual Church Board elections this year to 18 June 2023. It is an exciting time for the Church of the 318 Holy Fathers.  It

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Theodosius baptised on Feast of Pentecost

On the Feast of Holy Pentecost, Theodosius Ip was received into the Orthodox Church. Many Years Theodosius!

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Generosity—Time and Talent Are Two Different Things

The time has arrived for our annual membership renewals. This year, the Community Board decided to extend the community membership to those who offer their time and talent as an offering as well as those who offer money. Below is

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2023 Giving appeal

Please help the Church of the 318 Holy Fathers to expand its ministries through your gifts of time, talent or money. Thanks to the considerable efforts, commitment and dedication of our members, 2022 was an excellent year for our church.

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Archdiocesan Cross of Christ the Saviour awarded to Presvytera Catherine

Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain has awarded Presvytera Catherine the Archdiocesan Cross of Christ the Saviour on the occassion of her retirement. As the country was preparing for the Big Help Out, to mark His Majesty The King’s

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New Table of Prothesis for the church

Edmund Bowe and his son, Luke, have recently made a new Table of Prothesis for the church. As you will all know, before the audible part of the Liturgy begins there is a separate service when the bread and the

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Journey to Pascha from Sunday of the Holy Cross

“I have no tears, no repentance, no compunctionBut as God do Thou Thyself, O Saviour, bestow them on me.”(Canon of St Andrew, Canticle two v25) Dear brothers and sisters As we enter the second half of the journey towards Holy

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TURKEY-SYRIA EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

How you can help people in Turkey and Syria Following the earthquake in Syria and Turkey, we have launched an emergency appeal fund. On Monday at 4:17am local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey near the city of

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2023 Wall Calendars for sale

2023 wall calendars are now on sale in the church for £10. We have printed some beautiful and useful wall calendars for 2023. The calendars include all of the major feasts of the church along with the fasting rules for

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Saint Nicholas Festival • 4 December 2022

Our annual Saint Nicholas Festival will take place after the Divine Liturgy on 4 December at the Serbian Church in Telford. This festival, occurring annually on the first Sunday in December, has become one of our most popular events of

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