Saint Anthony the Great – North London

We have received the following invitation from Saint Anthony the Great in North London.

Please email Paraschos Anastassiades at PAnastassiades@orthodox-islington.org.uk for further information.

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Dear Parishioners,

Happy New Year!

You are invited to the festal celebrations of St Anthony the Great.

This year is specially significant for us, as it is the 50th anniversary of the foundation of our Community (1966), and we hope it will mark not only a celebration of the past, but also our firm hope and resolution to move forward and make progress as the only Orthodox Church in the borough of Islington.

We also kindly ask if you can help us here at St Anthony’s by forwarding the attached Invitation to SAINT ANTHONY THE GREAT to our younger generation and also any non speaking Greek Orthodox faithful, for them we have Sat 16TH Jan morning dedicated services all in English  and a complimentary light lunch please refer to attached programme.

On behalf of the clergy all the members of the Community we wish you a very happy Christmas and a New Year of progress in proclaiming the Good News of the ‘God Who Is With Us’.

Kind Regards,

Paraschos Anastassiades

Please email Paraschos Anastassiades at PAnastassiades@orthodox-islington.org.uk for further information.

The Invitation to SAINT ANTHONY THE GREAT can be found here here

Day Trip to Essex – Update

An email from Sonia…

Departure is at 5.30am from the Church in Cavendish Place.

Departure from the Monastery will be at approximately 1.30pm.

Cost is £25 per person.

Reservations and payment can be made with me (Sonia).

Phone – 07932461573  or email – sonia.scoufarides@orthodoxeastbourne.org

Many thanks

Sonia

Daytrip to our beloved St John The Baptist Monestary in Essex

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

Come and join us on Thursday 24 September for a daytrip to our beloved St John The Baptist Monestary in Essex to celebrate with them the Feast Day of Saint Silhouan.

St Silouan was the Elder and Spiritual Inspiration behind the Founder of The Saint John The Baptist Monestary, the late Father Sophrony.

St Silouan The Athonite was born in 1866 in Shovsk a village in Tambov,a Russian State. When he was 26 he went to Mount Athos and became a Monk. He was a true Ascetic and received the Grace of Unceasing Prayer and inner stillness. He acquired great Humility. He Prayed and wept for the whole World and put the highest value on love for enemies. He was barely literate, however, was sought by many pilgrims for his wise Counsel. God counted him worthy to have a vision of Christ.

His writings were edited by his disciple and pupil, Archimindrite Sophrony of Essex who wrote the life of the Saint along with a record of St Silouan’s teachings in the book “SAINT SILOUAN THE ATHONITE”.

Starets Silouan reposed on 24 September 1938 on Mount Athos and was Canonized by Ecumenical Patriarchate Demetrius in 1987.

May we be granted His blessing!

 

Αγαπητοί αδελφοί.

Την Πέμπτη 24 Σεπτεμβρίου η ενορία μας θα πραγματοποιήσει μονοήμερη προσκυνηματική εκδρομή στην Ιερά Μονή Τιμίου Προδρόμου στο Έσσεξ επειδή εκείνη την ημέρα εορτάζεται η μνήμη του Οσίου Σιλουανού του Αθωνίτη.

Ο Άγιος Σιλουανός υπήρξε ο γέροντας και πνευματικός καθοδηγητής του Αρχιμανδρίτη Σωφρονίου κτήτορος της Μονής του Εσσεξ.

Ο Όσιος Σιλουανός γεννήθηκε το έτος 1866 στο Shovsk της διοικήσεως Ταμπώφ στην Ρωσία. Στην ηλικία των 26 ετών ο Άγιος μας εγκατέλειψε τον κόσμο και εκάρη μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος. Εκεί καλλιέργησε την εσωτερική ησυχία και έλαβε τη Χάρη της αδιαλείπτου προσευχής. Ο Όσιος Σιλουανός έφθασε σε μεγάλα μέτρα ταπεινώσεως. Προσευχόταν μετά δακρύων για όλο τον κόσμο και δίδασκε ως ύψιστη αρετή την αγάπη προς τον πλησίον και ειδικότερα την αγάπη προς τους εχθρούς. Αν και ήταν ολιγογράμματος πολλοί προσκυνητές αναζητούσαν τους ένθεους και σοφούς του λόγους. Αξιώθηκε να δεί σε όραμα τον Σωτήρα Χριστό

Τα γραπτά του Αγίου Σιλουανού εκδόθηκαν από τον μαθητή του Αρχιμανδρίτη Σωφρόνιο του Έσσεξ, ο οποίος κατέγραψε το βίο αλλά και τη διδασκαλία του Αγίου στο βιβλίο

News Update

Father Timothy and the Committee wish everyone the Blessings of the season and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

We hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas break and the time with your family and friends and the lovely decorations for Christmas and at the Church to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord

The January Programme is available on the Website

COACH TRIP

A coach Trip is planned to London for Saturday 17th January to London to celebrate the Feast of St Anthony.

We had a very enjoyable trip last year where we combined the trip with shopping for traditional Greek Foods in the area.

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We also visited Aroma a Greek Patisserie where we enjoyed Greek cakes Koubes and Greek Coffee.

We hope to do the same or something similar on this trip depending on numbers and drivers

Please contact Father Timothy or Sonia Scoufarides (01323 739788) for further details or bookings.

A HAPPY 2015 TO ALL

August Services

AUGUST SERVICES

THERE IS NO CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY 3RD AUGUST

as we have the

Trip to the Church of Christ our Saviour at Welling Kent and to Greenwich

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Full August and September Programmes will follow

 FROM 1ST TO 13TH AUGUST THERE WILL BE PARAKLIS SERVICE AT 7PM each day

except for 2nd 3rd 5th 9th and 10th August

As usual there is a vespers service the evening before each liturgical service on the following day

Coach Trip to London

On Sunday 6th July a trip was organised by Sonia Scoufarides to attend a two churches in London.

17 members of the congregation attended. We all had a fantastic time and the hospitality of both churches was unmatched. The photo shows us all inside the church of St Panteleimon Harrow Middlesex.

Their dedication and fund raising has enabled them to build a brand new Byzantine style church which cost in the region of 5 million pounds and they were truly an inspiration to us all.

They have a congregation of 10.000. And that they built a function room with an upstairs nursery which they rent out which of course gives additional income.

Androulla Anna Savvides

Coach Trip to London

Coach Trip to the Church of Christ Our Saviour Woolwich

AUGUST 3RD 2014

COACH/MINIBUS TRIP TO THE CHURCH OF CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR WOOLWICH
UPPER WICKHAM LANE WELLING KENT DA16 3PR

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We will leave from Eastbourne at 7.30am and return AT APPROX 6PM

The Church at Woolwich is having a special Feast Day Celebration
on 3rd August to celebrate the Metamorphosis of our Lord
(which is on 6th August 2014 )

There will be the Church service followed by special celebrations in the large church grounds ,which include dancing, flower/PLANT and bric-a-brac stalls, Barbecue, Cake Stall etc

These feast days are well attended and a great day out

Please let us know if you want to come along.
Minibus is for a maximum of 16 places (PLUS DRIVER) however if numbers are high we are looking to hire a coach to accommodate everyone.
Usual cost for minibus is £15 per person

Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to come so we can book coach if numbers are high and you will not be disappointed as the minibus fills very quickly.

Father Timothy will be coming on this trip and there will be no church service in Eastbourne on Sunday 3rd August

The minibus to St Anthony’s for 6th July filled quickly and we had to turn away those who were later to notify us they wanted to come

Tel Sonia 07932 461573 / 01323 739788

Or Androulla Crawford 01323 460103 – andrulla.crawford@orthodoxeastbourne.org

Coach Trip

FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY:      

COACH TRIP to St Anthony’s Church in Islington to celebrate St Anthony’s day.

Please contact Father Timothy or Maria Vounatsou to book a seat.

Father Timothy can be contacted on 0798077114 or email: FTimotheos@orthodoxeastbourne.org

Or via the form below

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Visit to the Monastery of St. John the Baptist

On Saturday 7th December a group of the congregation from the church accompanied by Father Julian visited the monastery of St. John the Baptist at Tolleshunt Knights in Essex

We were all welcomed by the nuns who provided us with refreshments on arrival in the smaller dining room.

We were given a short tour of the monastery including the original chapel set up by Fathers Sophronios, Simeon and Prokopios who founded the monastery in 1959 when they came over from France.

They were joined later by Sister Elizabeth who was 70 at the time.

She remained a nun at the monastery until she died at the age of 101.

Many new buildings have been added since including the beautiful dining room that is decorated by frescos of icon paintings tableaus etc.

We then joined in a paraklis service in the church of St Silouanos.

We had the opportunity of visiting the book shop that has many books in many languages on Orthodoxy as well as beautiful gifts icons CDs of church music etc.

The photograph below was taken of the group in the smaller dining room from which can be seen some of the beautiful iconography decorating this room

Further visits

We hope to organise another visit soon and details will be given on the site

We are also hoping to organise a trip to St. Anthony’s church in London in January near the church’s saint’s day and details will be given as soon as available.

Report written by Sotira Georgiou

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