Events at Church
The Beat the Priest event, held in May, was a huge success; our church raised £5,000 for the charity Children with Cancer and a special thanks goes to Zak Pallikaros for donating equipment on the day and Father Savvas who organised the event.
In the summer we had a community BBQ on our church grounds. Thank you to all the volunteers.
In May, a string quartet come to our grounds to play for our congregation. A wonderful evening of food, music and good company. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to organize the event. The next one will take place in November – details to be announced shortly.
Last year we held a Kids Activity Day, which featured a puppet show written by Kyriacos Papasavva and music composed and performed by Keir Crawley, a Fellow of Trinity College. Additional events followed after the show and we would like to specially thank our mothers and fathers of our Sunday School who volunteered to organise much of the afternoons events. Details & pictures on our Facebook Group.
Members from our church made contact with ‘The St Barnabas Orthodox Mission’ in Kenya recently, and have been able to provide a small number of Orthodox books so to contribute to a community library in South Kinangop. A place which does not have easy access to Orthodox spiritual books. The Orthodox Church has been in Kenya since the 1930s, and has around 300,000 souls; all Orthodox Christians share a special faith, and love of Christ – our Lord. Thus, it is fitting that we support our brothers/sisters in all places.
Many events have already taken place so far this year, and more are still to come. To get involved, please visit: Homepage, Facebook, or simply keep your ears and eyes open in church for our details of our next BBQ, Youth Council Meeting, Soup Run, Trips and other upcoming events which include:
- YOUTH ACTIVITY DAYS
- QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS
- THE HOLY LITURGY IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES
- FUNDRAISING EVENTS
- CHARITY WORK – OUTREACH
Potential Event Ideas:
YOUTH ACTIVITY DAYS
Our parish regularly holds ‘youth activity days’ – at least once a year. In these events children can enjoy: face painting, make your own popcorn, mini bowling, velcro darts, decorate (and eat!) your own cookies, balloon design and much more. These events have been a great success and we would like to thank all the volunteers past and present who help with these events. Rest assured, we will be holding a youth activity day soon and you would be most welcome to attend; keep your ears open for announcements in church or on our facebook page. These events are suitable for the youngest members of our congregation and their parents; ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ – Matthew 19:14.
A HELPING HAND TO THE HOMELESS – SOUP RUNS
In the past, our parish has sent volunteers to Soup Runs in the London Victoria area. This was first done in 2011, where some of our congregation joined forces with other orthodox youth from Saint Marks and served the homeless. We strongly recommend that, if you wish to help in any mission towards the homeless community, that you do so via a recognised charity or organisation and not alone. Having said that, this is a brilliant opportunity to serve the homeless and benefit yourself spiritually in the service of others.
We regularly hold fundraising events. One of these is the Tavli tournament! (Backgammon). Our most recent event had 60 participants; last year’s proud winner, George Michael, went away with a silver trophy and Church Council member, Ahileas Constantinou, was awarded a 2nd place a trophy.
Friends and families of our Orthodox Church regularly visit holy sites around the UK. The Monastery of Saint John the Baptist is a favored location. Children from our Sunday School have previously enjoyed a tour of the churches within the monastery, talks given by Sister Magdalene and others, and simply meeting other orthodox Christians who have a special love for Christ. Congregation from our church have taken this opportunity to regularly buy spiritual and edifying books, which are now part of our Church Library, and have been donated to charities as far as Africa. We will be visiting the Monastery again soon. Come and see what Orthodoxy is all about; it is a way of life and not just a set of beliefs held on a Sunday.
In 2012 we took our first steps to realising a dream identified by the first youth council meeting. Hundreds of books have been bought from the Essex Monastery and other sources, funded by kind individuals and our Church, to populate our on site library. If you would like to suggest a book that we do not have, please leave a comment on our facebook wall and we will endeavour to purchase it.