Services

Every SUNDAY: Readers’ Service followed by an Akathist to St John of Shanghai at 10:30 am. All welcome. Light refreshments afterwards.

Next Divine Liturgy on SATURDAY 30 September

at 10.00 (Confession/Hours)

~ 10:30 Divine Liturgy followed by Baptism,

Refreshments afterwards all welcome.

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LOCATION 

Please note that all services are held in the chapel on the first floor of the church hall building of the same church we previously used, so the address and directions are still the same. On the photo above, the big window facing the road is behind our altar area.

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WARM WELCOME 

You and your friends and family are warmly invited to all our (mainly) English-language Divine Liturgy and other services. We are a small group of faithful and new faces are always very welcome.
SERVICES: Unless stated otherwise, our services are in English. Please double-check details before setting off, as services can be subject to change – thank you! 
 
 
WE HAVE  READERS’ SERVICES – USUALLY FOLLOWED BY AN AKATHIST IN HONOUR OF ST JOHN OF SHANGHAI
(Services without a priest)
 
EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:30 am
FOLLOWED BY TEAS AND COFFEES 
ALL WARMLY WELCOME.
 
DIVINE LITURGIES: (updated as soon as details are known)
10:00 Hours and Confession followed at about 10:30 by 
DIVINE LITURGY – (this may be followed by any other services such as panikhida, baptisms etc.) followed by light refreshments or a meal in the hall. Everyone very welcome.
 
NEXT PLANNED DATES:
 
SEPTEMBER : SATURDAY 30th (Fr Paul Elliott)
 
OCTOBER: SATURDAY 28th (Fr David Lonergan)
 
NOVEMBER: SATURDAY 4th (Fr Paul Elliott)
 
DECEMBER: SATURDAY 2nd (Fr Paul Elliott)
 
 
 
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OTHER SERVICES:

Such as HOUSE BLESSINGS, BAPTISMS, COMMEMORATIONS OF THE DEAD, HOSPITAL VISITATIONS, FUNERALS etc-  by arrangement.
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USUAL PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION:
All who would partake of Divine Liturgy Communion are reminded to be sure at least

  • to fast from midnight (people requiring medication are allowed to make necessary adjustments to this)
  • to be present from the very beginning of the Liturgy.
  • Confession is recommended as preparation for Communion, but can be done to a different confessor.

Our ROCOR sister parish of Saint John the Wonderworker in British Columbia in Canada has a very readable page on Confession and Communion. You may like to explore the link below:

 http://saintjohnthewonderworker.ca/church-praxis/confession/

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AFTER COMMUNION:

There is a table with antidoron (the remaining bread from the preparation for the Eucharist, which has been blessed, but not consecrated) and warm wine diluted with water at the back of the church on the left when coming in. Both are for taking immediately after Communion. This is a practice within the Russian Tradition to ensure also that the Eucharist is being swallowed properly and so surely taken into us. Please partake of the wine and antidoron served at this table after partaking of Communion, many thanks.

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CHOIR

We are a young parish with very few choir members at present. We welcome any expression of interest of people who may want to join the choir. In addition to untrained people we are especially in need of people who can teach us English language Russian Liturgical melodies. If this is you, please do not hesitate to make yourself known to us!!  Thank you.
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SISTER PARISHES:
For those of us who are also interested in attending Services in Stradbally, County Laois in the Republic of Ireland, here is a link to the Service page of their website…http://www.st-colman-church.org/html_en/service-en.htm
We also have another sister parish, The Parish of St Elizabeth the New-Martyr, and it has a wonderful extensive website http://www.newmartyr.info/ and also a warm relationship with our parish thanks to Fr Paul Elliott who has been continually supportive of us in many different ways and not lastly by coming over to serve for us.
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