Services

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 welcomeSt John
 
A priest (Archpriest Fr Paul Elliott or Fr Spyridon Bailley) visits usually once a month (scroll down for upcoming dates) and celebrates the Divine Liturgy as well as hearing confessions and carrying out other priestly duties as and when required such as baptisms, house blessings and visiting the sick.
 
Unless  otherwise stated, all our services are in English. There may very occasionally be Slavonic, Greek, Romanian, Irish, Latin, German, Arabic, Spanish or other languages used – for example for the “Lord have Mercy” prayer, but it is only a small token and nothing to be worried about. It will not interfere with the understanding of the prayers for English speakers but may help people of those language backgrounds to feel more at home.

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For Fr Paul’s next visit details please scroll down!

CURRENT COVID ARRANGEMENTS:

You are  welcome to attend our services aiming for social distancing (and face-mask where possible) … and on other occasions (by arrangement) for the veneration of specific Relics.
 
There are three main areas for those who attend:
 
1. inside the church – the choir is inside the church and one person or family group can be in the church at the opposite side from the choir.
 
2. in the carport – when expecting more attendees than can fit into the church under the present distancing directives, we will have the door to the church open and a speaker transmitting the service into the carport area. The carport offers four corners for four people or family groups at social distancing. It also offers seating facilities for those in need of sitting down.
 
3. the garden – there is standing space for numerous people or family groups in the garden. The church door to the garden will be open if this area is also used. We would ask you to try your best to upkeep sufficient space between each other using your own initiative, many thanks.
 
4. Finally there is also standing space in the driveway beyond the carport.
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NB: PRESENTLY WE PROVIDE BOTH FACE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER
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Fr Paul has blessed us to provide a little hospitality (water and a sweet biscuit or two) in the carport area after services. You are also invited to bring your own packed lunch for after especially the Sunday services.
 
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THE NEXT PRIESTLY VISIT

The next priestly visit is planned for Friday the 11th and Saturday 12th of September 2020, with Fr Paul scheduled to come to us, circumstances permitting.  (Please scroll down for further planned dates, thank you)
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CONFESSION
Confession will be available before the Divine Liturgy on Saturday 12th September from 9:30
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VESPERS
Vespers will be served on Friday 11th September evening, at about 8:30 pm
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DIVINE LITURGY
The Divine Liturgy will follow confessions on Saturday morning.
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Please bring your own packed lunch for after the Divine Liturgy.
 
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LAY-LED SERVICES

Until further notice we offer the following lay-led scheduled services:
 
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TUESDAYS
Akathist to St John the Forerunner and Baptist at 8:30 pm BST (British Summer Time) You can find the text here: Akathist to Saint John the Baptist

and you can find a live-streamed version of it here:

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SATURDAYS
Akathist for the Departed at 8:30 pm BST. You can find the text here:  Akathist for Departed

and you can find a live-streamed version of it here:

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SUNDAYS
10:30 am: we have re-started our Sunday morning Lay-led Reader’s Services Hours and Typica, followed by an  Akathist to St John of Shanghai. The text to the Akathist can be found here: Akathist in Honour of St John of Shanghai

and you can find a live streamed version (starting after a short delay) of it below:

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Non-Scheduled Services:

Aiming to celebrate at least one service in our little church every day, in addition to the scheduled services we also conduct evening prayers and or Akathists on the remaining days of the week, but at a more fluid schedule. If you would like to join us for one of those services, we will pin down the timing of it to suit you and us with joy! (Please pre-arrange via email johannamcb@btinternet.com)

Additional online resources:

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FR PAUL ELLIOTT’S STREAMED SERVICES via his Church’s fb account

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TALKS FROM ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL’S MONASTERY:

For all with a thirst for entering further into the heart of the Orthodox faith and life there is another ROCOR online  resource offering a wealth of indepth coverage of numerous aspects of this by means of talks which were previously for sale but have recently become free to listen to and are worth dedicating some time to… https://www.orthodoxtalks.com/about-us/

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Cancellations of our Services:

Very occasionally short notice changes to services/service times have to be made. If so, they will be announced here. So please do check before setting out to come, thank you.
 
*** no short notice changes expected in the near future***
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NB Fr Paul usually brings the icon and relic of St John of Shanghai with him when he comes to us.

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VESPERS 
We usually have Vespers (and/or sometimes a service of Compline or a different scheduled event) at 20:30 on those FRIDAY  (or SATURDAY) evenings which precede a Divine Liturgy on the following day.   
 
 DIVINE LITURGIES: 
Confession  from about 9:30, continued throughout the chanting of the Hours from 10:00, followed at about 10:30 (depending on the duration of confessions.) by DIVINE LITURGY –  This may be followed by any other services such as panikhida, baptisms etc. and is followed by light refreshments. Everyone very welcome.
 
Planned future priestly visits:  
 
September 2020: 11/12 September – Fr Paul
 
October 2020 – to be confirmed – possibly Bishop Irenei and Fr Paul, possibly 10/11 or 17/18 October – further details will be advertised as they become available.
 
November 2020:  7th /8th or November: Fr Spyridon
 
December 2020: to be confirmed but likely 4th/5th December – Fr Paul
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OTHER SERVICES:
HOUSE BLESSINGS, BAPTISMS, COMMEMORATIONS OF THE DEAD, HOSPITAL VISITATIONS, Anointing of the sick, 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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