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NEWSLETTER - May 2017

Dates to Remember

14 May

AGM

9 June

Greek Night Crete Taverna Southport

2 July

Patronal Festival Bbq

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday school on the 14th May due to the AGM, but there will be on the 28rd.

 Greek Night

Tickets are on sale for our Greek evening to be held on the 9th June 2017 at the Crete Taverna in Southport. This event is a fundraiser for the Church Roof fund and will be an evening of good food, music, raffle and camaraderie. Tickets will be £25 per adult and £15 per child. Please support our fundraising event!  

Congratulations

Many congratulations to Mark, John and Joanna on their chrismation into the Orthodox faith.

Roof Fund Appeal

We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.

 Thank you Fr Dionysios

 

 Food Bank   

There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in May.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

5 May

St Irinis

Irini Antoniadou      

8 May

St John the Apostle

John Andy Murden

10 May

Simon the Zealot

Simon Pearson

21 May

St Helena

Pam Tickle

Eleni Evangelos

Eleana and Eleni Cox

21 May

St Constantine

Constantinos Evangelos

Kostas Antoniadou

22 May

St Susan

Josna Mathew

24 May

St John

Ethan Mathew

 New details?

Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell

If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 

Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

 

Services and Events for May 2017

 

Date

Time

Service/Event

 

3rd May

7:00pm

Vespers

 

7th May

10:30am

Holy Liturgy. 4th Sunday after Pascha

 

10th May

7:00pm

Vespers

 

14th May

10:30am

Holy Liturgy. 5th Sunday after Pascha.

AGM

 

17th May

7:00pm

Vespers

 

20th May

10:30am

Holy Liturgy Dalton-in-Furness

 

21st May

10:30am

Holy Liturgy. 6th Sunday of Pascha

 

24th May

7:00pm

Vespers

 

 

28th May

10:30am

Holy Liturgy. 7th Sunday after Pascha.

Sunday School

31st May

7:00pm

Vespers

 

NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2017

Pascha Collection

This year’s Pascha collection will be going to Emmaus Preston. 

Emmaus is a homelessness charity based in Preston providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

 They provide a home for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in their social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to work helps their companions, as residents are known, to regain lost self-esteem and the confidence to get back on their feet.

 

Dates to Remember

23 April

St George Celebration Lunch after the Liturgy

14 May

AGM

9 June

Greek Night Crete Taverna Southport

2 July

Patronal Festival Bbq

Vespers

There will be no Vespers in April

Sunday School

There will be Sunday school on the 9th April, but none on the 23rd due to the St Georges Lunch.

Greek night

Tickets will shortly be going on sale for our Greek evening to be held on the 9th June 2017 at the Crete Taverna in Southport. This event is a fundraiser for the Church Roof fund and will be an evening of good food, music, raffle and camaraderie. Tickets will be £25 per adult and £15 per child. Please support our fundraising event!  

Dalton-in-Furness Liturgy

As we will be celebrating Pascha on the same day as we would have had the service in Dalton, there will be no Liturgy in Dalton this month. If you are able, please do join us in Leyland for as many Paschal services as you are able.  

Congratulations

We would like to wish our long serving Chairman Gregory a very happy 70th birthday for the 30/3/17 and hope that he returns from his cruise to Malta well rested and happy. Many years!                       

Roof Fund Appeal

We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.

 Thank you Fr Dionysios

Food Bank   

There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in April.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

April

9

Palm Sunday

Kalina Emett               

15

St Leonidas

Leo Chappell

16

Easter Sunday

Maria Dunkow

Anastasia Bradford

Anastasia Tsoutsoumpis

23

St George

George George

George Galegashuili

George Xanthoulis

25

St Mark

Mark Morcos

29

St Irina

Irina Ellis

 

 New details?

Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell

If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 

Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

 

    


 MARCH 2017

Sunday of Orthodoxy 5th March
The decree of the Seventh Ecumenical Council for restoring icons to churches added an important clause which still stands at the foundation of the rationale for using and venerating icons in the Orthodox Church to this very day: "We define that the holy icons, whether in colour, mosaic, or some other material, should be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on the sacred vessels and liturgical vestments, on the walls, furnishings, and in houses and along the roads, namely the icons of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, that of our Lady the Theotokos, those of the venerable angels and those of all saintly people. Whenever these representations are contemplated, they will cause those who look at them to commemorate and love their prototype. We define also that they should be kissed and that they are an object of veneration and honour (timitiki proskynisis), but not of real worship (latreia), which is reserved for Him Who is the subject of our faith and is proper for the divine nature. The veneration accorded to an icon is in effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the icon, venerated in it the reality for which it stands.
Extract from the website of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

 Simple Tips for Keeping Lent in our Families
by Virginia Nieuwsma
Let’s be honest: how do we moms feel when we suddenly realize while we are in Liturgy, that the Gospel reading for the Sunday is the Prodigal Son, which cues us that Lent is around the corner? If you’re like me, you start doing a mental checklist of all the meat that needs to be used up in the next few weeks, and what upcoming events are going to conflict with the fast and services. When does Holy Week fall? And whose birthday is getting trumped by Lent? (We have three family birthdays in late February and early March!)
Perhaps some of these collected words of wisdom from other Orthodox mothers will be encouraging.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Most parents find it’s better to resist the temptation to read labels while shopping in the store, or to try to monitor what our older kids are choosing to eat when they aren’t at home. Let’s not set up standards of perfection that will quickly succumb to the practical realities of family life. The overall goal is that we and our children will cleanse our souls, simplify our lives, practice a greater degree of love and self sacrifice, and prepare for the Feast of Pascha. Our own father confessors can best guide us as to how to do this without ruining the atmosphere in our homes with Lenten grumpiness.
  • Do create a Lent-friendly kitchen. We can keep our pantries free of dairy-heavy snacks and Beef Jerky. Our food buying can set an example, and so can our choices. But then, we also need to remember that our children are still children! I’ll never forget His Grace Bishop Joseph’s exhortation when, at a women’s retreat, a mother asked him, “How do we handle the fast with our children?” “Your fasting should be more rigorous than your childrens’ fasting,” he said. He went on to explain that what we do while they are watching is more important than what we make them do. Also, as the cooks, we can help them along by finding tasty, albeit simple recipes that they enjoy. Try the book When You Fast: Recipes for Lenten Seasons by Catherine Mandell.
  • Do put thought into managing the family calendar. Life sure doesn’t stop during Lent, does it? It relentlessly marches on with baseball playoff games, school plays, non-Orthodox family weddings, and western Easter gatherings. We have to decide at the beginning of each Lenten week what to do, and what to forgo. In this, there are two temptations: to try to make each service and live as if nothing else is happening, or to shrug and give up attempting extra Lenten efforts, since it’s just too out of step with the rest of the world. With the former, we get after our kids if they aren’t good sports about the fasting and church attendance. With the latter, we mostly ignore the holy season because of our kids’ complaints or our own laziness. As always, we need to strive for balance.

Sister Magdalen reminds us in Children in the Church Today, being a wise parent “sometimes involves letting go temporarily of secondary aspects in order to concentrate on central things (faith, love, freedom, truth). We know that ‘secondary’ things contribute to the essentials, and we try to live in a way that makes this manifest, and to explain it to our young people. However, we may have to wait patiently while our children go through the experience of sorting out the central meaning of life for themselves.” This good counsel extends to all of the Lenten disciplines. Let’s go forward into this journey with enthusiasm, knowing that in due season we will “reap, if we faint not.”

Practical suggestions for observing Lent:

  • Do pick one service a week to go to—but work around family member schedules. Sometimes we let one child pick a favorite service and then we attend it with him or her, and enjoy a Lenten restaurant meal together afterwards. The child loves the one-on-one time and it gives us a moment to talk about what we just experienced together in the service.
  • Find a church task during Lent and Holy Week for the kids to help with—prosphora baking, egg dyeing, decorating the temple.
  • Talk about it! After dinner, ask, why do we fast? Discuss the Sunday observance that’s upcoming.
  • Pick an alms project. Get a coin box from OCMC, find out how to help the charity supported by your parish, take up a family collection for the IOCC.
  • Put up this good fridge poster: “My Lenten Journey,” which tracks the time and suggests one simple way to keep Lent each of the 40 days.
  • Read Pictures of God and Close to Home, two new Conciliar Press books that teach kids and moms about keeping the faith
  • Listen to the music of the Church: www.archangelsbooks.com or www.ancientfaithradio.com
  • Purchase books about the saints, or this Bible story book: The Bible For Young People
  • Unplug your life—turn off the TV. Unhook cable. Hide the X-box, get out into God’s world by taking nature walks.

 Finance
It would be very helpful to the church finances if more people could make some regular giving to the church by way of a monthly bank standing order and to regularly review this to see if you can increase it. This gives the treasurer a better idea of planning the ongoing necessary expenditure to pay our way and literally to keep a roof over our heads.
It is very simple to do this by either going into your bank and asking for a Bank Standing Order form or even easier if you use online banking. 

The information you will need is:
Church Account: Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust
Lloyds Bank, 12 Hough Lane, Leyland, PR25 2SD
Sort Code: 30-96-85
Account No: 03316001

Once you have done this please let Gregory know when it will start. Also, if you are a UK taxpayer, please ask him for a Gift Aid form so we can maximise your giving without any extra cost to you                      

Roof Fund Appeal
We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.

 Thank you Fr Dionysios

Food Bank   
There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

 

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in March.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

 

1

St David

David Walker

Dawood Fard

1

St Eythoxia

Evvy Boutshink

16

St Christodoulos

Fr Christodoulos

25

St Mary

Pres Mary

Emma Dewhurst

Maria Dewhurst

Myriam Baker

 

 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.    




February 2017

Saturday of Souls 18 February
This is a day which the church has ordained as the day on which we remember those departed from this world. Known or unknown, pious Orthodox Christians. We beseech Gods mercy on their behalf and give offering to the Church for those who have perhaps died away from home, at sea, without family in wars and natural disasters. Saturday is a traditional day for prayer for the dead, because Christ lay dead in the Tomb on Saturday. These prayers for the dead are also done before the Sunday of the final Judgment in preparation for the Second coming of Christ and reminds us of our mortality and need to repent.

 Congratulations to Anna Dunkow! The little super star obtained two scholarships and is now an academic and music scholar for AKS school in Lytham!

Flowers
To try and save some costs we are encouraging our community to purchase flowers.  There may be a certain date(s) during the year when you would like to purchase flowers such as an anniversary, birth, death etc.  There is a rota on the church notice board for you to sign.  Please give Pres Bec the money a week before you would like the flowers purchasing.

Finance
It would be very helpful to the church finances if more people could make some regular giving to the church by way of a monthly bank standing order and to regularly review this to see if you can increase it. This gives the treasurer a better idea of planning the ongoing necessary expenditure to pay our way and literally to keep a roof over our heads.

It is very simple to do this by either going into your bank and asking for a Bank Standing Order form or even easier if you use online banking.  

The information you will need is:

Church Account: Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust

Lloyds Bank, 12 Hough Lane, Leyland, PR25 2SD

Sort Code: 30-96-85

Account No: 03316001

Once you have done this please let Gregory know when it will start. Also, if you are a UK taxpayer, please ask him for a Gift Aid form so we can maximise your giving without any extra cost to you.                    

Roof Fund Appeal
We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.

 Thank you Fr Dionysios

Food Bank   
There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in February.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

February 12

St Alexis Metropolitan of Moscow

Allan Burke

 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.     




JANUARY 2017

Happy New Year!
It’s the time of year when everyone is lamenting their indulgences and professing their resolutions for the new year. The idea of examining oneself and striving to do better is a worthwhile exercise, as long, as we are concentrating on those things that are truly important…our relationship with God, how we treat others, remembering those less fortunate than us. So instead of trying to exercise more let us pray more! Instead of trying to lose weight, let us donate to the foodbank! Let us all just try to be better this year. 

Blessing of the Waters
The service for the blessing of the waters will take place on the 8th of January after the Holy Liturgy. Please remember to bring a clean bottle if you would like to take some water home with you. Anyone wanting to arrange house blessings please can you contact Father C or Father D directly as they will be starting these visits in January.

Congratulations to Andrew and Justina Deaconos on the birth of their little girl Maia! Maia was born on the 17th of December and they were finally allowed home on Christmas eve. Mom and baby are now both doing well.

Flowers
To try and save some costs we are encouraging our community to purchase flowers.  There may be a certain date(s) during the year when you would like to purchase flowers such as an anniversary, birth, death etc.  There is a rota on the church notice board for you to sign.  Please give Pres Bec the money a week before you would like the flowers purchasing.

Finance
It would be very helpful to the church finances if more people could make some regular giving to the church by way of a monthly bank standing order and to regularly review this to see if you can increase it. This gives the treasurer a better idea of planning the ongoing necessary expenditure to pay our way and literally to keep a roof over our heads.
It is very simple to do this by either going into your bank and asking for a Bank Standing Order form or even easier if you use online banking.  

The information you will need is:

Church Account: Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust

Lloyds Bank, 12 Hough Lane, Leyland, PR25 2SD

Sort Code: 30-96-85

Account No: 03316001

Once you have done this please let Gregory know when it will start. Also, if you are a UK taxpayer, please ask him for a Gift Aid form so we can maximise your giving without any extra cost to you.                     

Roof Fund Appeal
We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.
 Thank you Fr Dionysios

Food Bank   
There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in January.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

 

January 7

St John the Baptist

Ioannis Moraitakis
Jomes George

January 7

St Joanna

Joanna Skartsi

January 10

St Gregory of Nyssa

Gregory Baker

January 17

St Anthony

Anthony Laledakis
Antonio Pratsas

January 19

St Maria

Marianne Beckett

January 21

St Agni

Agni Beckett

January 28

St Ephrem

Yew Han Baker

       

 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.   

 

DECEMBER 2016

During the season of Advent, we should think deeply about Jesus’ return. The Gospel reminds us that there is no time to lose. We shouldn’t put off our good resolutions until the New Year. Now is the time to think about our lives and to begin to make any necessary changes. We need to be ready, by living a good life in Christ our Lord! Every good deed brings more of Christ’s light into our world and prepares us for His return.

Message from Father D
Wishing all of our community a very happy nativity and new year.  Thank you for all of your support and prayers during the year.  Fr D and Pres Bec, Fr C and Pres Mary and Sub-deacon David.

Thank you
A huge thank you to Antonio and Fresni who drove to Liverpool to pick up and bring back chairs for the church hall.

Flowers
To try and save some costs we are encouraging our community to purchase flowers.  There may be a certain date(s) during the year when you would like to purchase flowers such as an anniversary, birth, death etc.  There is a rota on the church notice board for you to sign.  Please give Pres Bec the money a week before you would like the flowers purchasing.

Finance
It would be very helpful to the church finances if more people could make some regular giving to the church by way of a monthly bank standing order and to regularly review this to see if you can increase it. This gives the treasurer a better idea of planning the ongoing necessary expenditure to pay our way and literally to keep a roof over our heads.
It is very simple to do this by either going into your bank and asking for a Bank Standing Order form or even easier if you use online banking.  
The information you will need is:

Church Account: Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust

Lloyds Bank, 12 Hough Lane, Leyland, PR25 2SD

Sort Code: 30-96-85

Account No: 03316001

Once you have done this please let Gregory know when it will start. Also, if you are a UK taxpayer, please ask him for a Gift Aid form so we can maximise your giving without any extra cost to you             

Roof Fund Appeal
We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.
Thank you Fr Dionysios

Food Bank   
There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

Nativity Collection
This year the collection will go towards repairing the roof over the Sunday School room.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in November.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

 

December 4

St Barbara

Barbara Kelsall

December 6

St Nicholleta

St Nicholas

Nicoleta Habel

Nicolette Pratsas

Nicky Vasilou

December 9

St Anna

Anna Dunkow

December 12

St Spyridon

Spyrindon Tsoutsoumpis

December 18

St Nicholas

Nicholas Galegatshuili

December 18

Sunday before Nativity

Adam Dewhurst

December 22

Great Martyr Anastasia

St Matthew

Anastasia Lionaki

Nathan Mathew

December 25

Emmanuel

Manos Terzakis

Christos Gaitatzis

Chris Beckett

Chrysoulla Chapel

Chrysoulla Skartsi

December 26

St Joseph

Ligomel Joseph

December 27

Archdeacon Stephen

Stefan Marinescu

       

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       



NOVEMBER 2016

Roof Fund Appeal
We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.
 Thank you Fr Dionysios.

Sunday School
There will be no Sunday School on 13th November as we'll be having our nativity feast Jacob join lunch after the liturgy.  Sunday 27th Nov - special Sunday School the children will stay in church as Fr D will be talking to the children about the icons.

Food Bank 
There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall.  Please think about donating to the foodbank especially at this time of year with the winter coming on.

Book Stall and Lectionary orders
I'll be taking orders for the calendar and lectionary 2017 £5 including postage.  These are extremely helpful for the daily readings and the saints’ days.
There are new Liturgy books for sale £5 on the book stall. Take a look!

Facebook page
We have our own Facebook page The Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles. Please like our page to keep in touch. We have daily readings, Orthodox quotes and interesting religious links.

Important dates
13 November – Nativity Feast Jacobs join
20 November – Committee Meeting
7 November – Sunday School Icons

 

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in November.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

 

8 November

Archangel Michael

Alan Mellow

Michael Pratsas

Angi Adams

Michael Morcos

 

16 November

St Matthew

Biju Mathew

Matthew Emett

23 November

St George

Goerge Galegashuili

25 November

|Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria

Ekaterini

Katerina Moraitakis

30 November

St Andrew

Andrei Davidson

Anda Marienescu

Andreas Evangelos

Andrew Pratsas

Andrew Deaconos

         

 

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter Inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

 

OCTOBER 2016

Thought for today   
While on earth, we are given ‘free will’ and God our Father trusts us to use it wisely. There may be times when we make a wrong choice, but we can trust that God is always there to help us start again. We need to be reminded about the value of being trustworthy people. We can show this by making good choices- especially when it comes to the use of money. When we give God first place in our lives-using our talents, our time and our money to serve God- we are blessed here and now, and can be certain that we will be rewarded in the life to come too.    
 
Birthday Celebrations!                  
A very big thank you to Anastasia and Anda for arranging the birthday celebrations on the 11th of September. It was a really special day to share with our clergy.
   
 
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Winifride
Saturday 1st October Pilgrimage to the Shrine Saint of Winifride, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 7LS.  10.30 liturgy, picnic lunch, procession to the well with day concluding with great vespers at 3.00pm
 
Sunday School
Sunday school sessions will be as usual on the 9th and 23rd October after the Holy Liturgy.
Congratulations to Joames, Josna and Stavros for their awards for Sunday School attendance.
 
 
Book Stall
There are new Liturgy books for sale £5 on the book stall. Take a look.
 
Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in October.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.
2 October St Cyprian Ciprian Habel
3 October St Dionysios Fr Dionysios Higgs
11 October St Kenneth Ken Doswell
18 October St Luke Loukas Beckett
 
New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539
 
Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you. 
 

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.
 
Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com. 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

Elevation of the Cross

Read Hebrews 12:5-7. 11-13 and reflect.
What is the sense of all the suffering in the world around us, the constant pain, worry, loneliness, fear and frustration? Is all this misery really compatible with the belief in a God of love? The Letter to the Hebrews here gives an explanation: it is the loving training and discipline of a father which brings us to peace. In a world without pain would we ever turn to God? When all is going well, many of us can manage nicely without God! If our world falls apart, we need God to put it together again. Paul puts it slightly differently, seeing suffering as the privilege of sharing in Christ’s own redemptive suffering. By enduring Christ’s suffering in every age, the Church ensures that it truly is the body of Christ, the Servant of the Lord. But we can never be content with suffering. Jesus himself understood suffering, and he went out of his way to heal it in all its forms. We should also remember that, in an age when so many decry the selfishness and materialism of society, the generosity shown by so many for the alleviation of suffering, the care of the sick, the betterment of the underprivileged, is one of the signs of Christ at work in his society. What sense does suffering make to you?
Completed Iconostasis
Thank you to Christos and Manos for all of their hard work in getting the Iconostasis completed. I’m sure that everyone will agree that it looks absolutely wonderful!

 

The Iconostasis is finally complete with all the icons.  See the Gallery page for photos.

 
Board meeting 18th September
 
Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in September.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.
September 1 40 Virgin Martyrs Penelope Dunkow
Athena Deaconos
September 8 St Maria Maria Habel
Mario Evangelos
Marie Koutsoudis
Mary Morcos
Sahar Morcos
September 16 Elevation of the Cross Stavros Pratsas
September 17 St Sophia Sophia Beckett
Sophiamma George
Sophia Tirado
September 19 St Sofia Sonia Slater
 
Book stall
There are now two Orthodox Study bibles on the book stall.
 
CHURCH LIBARARY
The church library has now extended to not only include books for loan but also Orthodox publications.  These are situated on a book case next to the church library.  Do take the time to have a look as there are lots to choose from and ideal if you do not have time to read books.  If you do take any home to read please do remember to bring them back!
 
New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539
 
Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.      

 

AUGUST 2016

Dormition of Theotokos
The Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.
The commemoration of the Dormition of the Theotokos and the preparation for the Feast begin on August 1 with a period of fasting. A strict fast is followed on most of the days (no meat, dairy, oil, or wine), with the exceptions of fish on the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and the day of the Dormition. Oil and Wine are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays.
On the weekdays before the Feast, Paraklesis services are held in most parishes. These consist of the Great Paraklesis and the Small Paraklesis, both services of supplication and prayer for the intercessions of the Theotokos.
The Feast of the Dormition is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom which is conducted on the morning of the Feast and preceded by a Matins (Orthros) service. Scripture readings for the Feast of the Dormition are the following: At Vespers: Genesis 28:10-17; Ezekiel 43:27-44:4; Proverbs 9:1-11. At the Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56. At the Divine Liturgy: Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28.
 
 Sunday School
There will be no Sunday school now for the summer, however we will start up again in September with a welcome back party.
 
Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in August.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.
August 15 Dormition of Theotokos Maro Shaw
Pam Riley
Miriam (Jenny) Baker
Maria Davidson
Maria Burke
August 26 St Natalia Natalia Elkin
August 28 St Mary Mairiam Aptsiauri
August 30 St Alexander Alexander Adams
 
Let’s Celebrate!
Many congratulations to Fresky on getting his ID to stay in England.  Many years!
 
Congratulations to Elisabeth on achieving a BA in English Language and Literature.  Many years!
 
Many congratulations to Alexander for graduating Sunday School.  Many years!
  
New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539
 
Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.
 
Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.
 

 

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

 

Monday

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

You and Your Pet Behaviour Training

6.00-9.00

Contact Shelley 07912552736

 

Tuesday

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

Embrace Natural Healing.

 7.30-9.30
Contact Ronda Pass 

01772 456621

 

Wednesday

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

Tai Chi.

7.00-9.00

Contact  Marjorie Banks 01257 423529

 

Thursday

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

You and Your Pet Behaviour Training

6.00-8.30

Contact Shelley 07912552736

 

Friday

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

 

Saturday

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

Hall available for hire

 

 

TO BOOK THE CHURCH HALL CONTACT REBECCA HIGGS 07890208539

 

 

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.      
 




JULY 2016

St Paraskevi 
Selflessness is part of everyday life, particularly family life. We prove our love by our actions; our selflessness helps to make the world a much better place. In Luke 9:18-24, Jesus tells his followers how to discover the real wealth of life, on earth and in the world to come. They are to ‘renounce’ themselves and to ‘pick up their cross’ and follow Him. Jesus is telling them to forget about themselves. They are to put others’ needs before their own- to be selfless. This message is for each one of us too.

Patronal Festival
What a lovely afternoon we all enjoyed last Sunday after the Liturgy. Christos and Manos did us proud with a superb barbeque and everyone who attended brought a special dish. We enjoyed some wonderful, traditional treats and the cherished company of our fellow parishioners and families.  

 Archbishop Visit
Our Archbishop has had to cancel his visit to us on Sunday the 17/7/16, as he shall be going to the village where he grew up in Northern Cyprus, prior to it being occupied by Turkey, to celebrate the Liturgy there. 
Thank you
Fr Dionysios.

Sunday School
There will be no Sunday school now for the summer, however we will start up again in September with a welcome back party.

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in July.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

17 July

St Marina

Margie Andrin

 

18 July

Grand Duchess Elizabeth

Elizabeth Jessica Seager

22 July

St Magdalena

Magdalena Briggs

Magdalena Ruth Koutsoudis

26 July

St Praskevi

Koulla Praraskeva

 

         

 Let’s Celebrate!
Congratulations to Antonio Pratsas for his ordination by the Archbishop as Reader.

What is a Reader in the Church?
The holy order of the Reader upholds the spiritual responsibility for the care of the spoken words or Holy Scripture. In societies where most people are unable to read the Scriptures, the office of the Reader provides the most regular exposure to the Word of God outside the Gospel and Epistle readings. In societies where literacy has flooded the human heart and mind with disharmony, noise, and confusion, the sacred responsibilities of the Reader are even more critical, since by the prayerful and holy exercise of his ministerial responsibilities, the Reader offers the Holy Scriptures as a correcting balm, and a healing of the spiritual hearts of the faithful. This is a critical and sacred responsibility, which cannot be undertaken lightly without being an offense to Christ. Undertaken with humility, care, and love, the order of the Reader is a great blessing to the faithful of the Church, and to the salvation of the soul of the Reader himself.

Excerpt taken from A guide for Readers in the Orthodox Church by Father Geoffrey Korz 

 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.     

 

 

JUNE 2016

Archbishop Visit
We are pleased to announce that the Archbishop will be visiting our Church on the 17th of July 2016 and will be presiding over the service of Great Vespers at 5:30pm we welcome all congregants to attend this service.

Pascha Candles
We would love to thank Chrysoulla, Joanna and young Chrysoulla for the beautiful Pascha candles which they made. Over 50 candles were decorated and donated to the church to support the Iconostasis fund. 

Vespers
You will note on the services sheet that there is a new day and time for our Vespers service, This will now take place on a Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. We look forward to welcoming you all at this service

Mark your calendar
5 June 2016 - Committee meeting
26 June 2016 - Patronal Festival
17 July 2016 - Archbishop visit church for Great Vespers 17:30

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in June.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.
30 June The Holy Apostles Apostolos Marvin Koutsoudis

Let’s Celebrate!
Congratulations to Desta Afework on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Jaalannee Born on the 18th of May and weighing 3.5kg.

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks.   rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk     07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you. 

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.      

 MAY 2016
Message from Father D
I have been giving some thought to our mid-week Vespers service and since it is not very well attended I have concluded that this time may not be suitable for our congregation. I would therefore welcome any suggestions that you might have as to a more suitable time during the week for a service e.g. Mid-week morning? I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter.

Mark your calendar

15 May 2016

AGM

5 June 2016

Committee meeting

26 June 2016

Patronal Feastival

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in May.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

5th May

St Irinis

Irini Antoniadpu

10 May

Simon the Zealot

Simon Pearson

21 May

St Helena

Pam Tickle

Eleni Evangelos

Eli Dewhurst

Eleana Cox

Eleni Cox

21 May

St Constantine

Constantinos Evangelos

Kostas Antoniadou

22 May

St Susan

Josna George

31 May

St Sophia

Eliza Gaitatzis

Sophia Cox

  Let’s Celebrate!

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Congratulations to Biju, Ligomel, Nathan and Jonathan on the recent birth of baby Ethan.

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Luke_baptism.jpg

Congrats to Luke and Dawood for your baptism on Palm Sunday.  Many years!

 

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 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

 Vespers
There will be no Vespers services in May. 


Newsletter April 2016

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 HOLY DOORS
The Icons have now arrived from Greece and are in place on the Iconostasis Holy Doors.  The Deacon's Doors Icons should arrive in a couple of months.

 Greek Night 5th March
A very big thank you to Christos and his team for organising the lovely Greek night. We enjoyed a night of good food, good company and good music and as a bonus we raised £800 towards the iconostasis fund. It was therefore extremely gratifying to see the new icons and replacement items beautifying our church the following week. We all look forward to the next fundraising event!

Mark your calendar
17 April Committee Meeting

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their Saint’s day in April

Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

April 15 St Leonidas Leo Chappell
April 23 St George George George
George Galegashuili
George Xanthoulis
April 24 Palm Sunday Kalina Emett
April 25 St Mark Mark Morcos
April 29 St Irina Irina Ellis

Pascha
The paschal collection during lent will be for Orthodox Syrians. Please give generously. Pascha candles are also for sale at just £5 each. The money will be given for the Iconostasis fund.

Many years to Elisabeth (Jessica) on her recent chrismation.

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Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you. Pres Rebecca

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.




Newsletter March 2016

Greek Night 5th March
Greek night fund raising in aid of the Iconostatsis fund. To be held on the 5th March 2016 at 7.00pm in the parish hall. Tickets are just £20 and can be purchased from Gregory 07801 065705 or Antonio 07749968521. Please don’t wait as places are limited.

Mark your calendar
5 March 2016 Greek night
14th March First week of Great Lent
17 April Committee Meeting

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in March. Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.
March 1st St David David Walker
March 1st St Eythoxia Evvy Boutshink
March 16 St Christodoulos Fr Christodoulos
March 25 St Mary Pres Mary
Emma Dewhurst
Maria Dewhurst


Pascha
The paschal collection during lent will be for Orthodox Syrians. Please give generously. Pascha candles are also for sale at just £5 each. The money will be given for the Iconostasis fund.

Sunday school notice:
There will be no Sunday school lessons during March.


Make your donations go further.
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25. Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are UK tax payer.

 


NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL
The bookstall now has some new books. Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you. I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life. There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal. Please put money in the tin or give to me. Pres Rebecca

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated; however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen! We also appreciate any items donated for use in the kitchen. Many thanks.

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.

 

Newsletter February 2016


Greek Night 28 February
Greek night fund raising in aid of the Iconostatsis fund. To be held on the 5th March 2016 at 7.00pm in the parish hall. Tickets are just £20 and can be purchased from Gregory 07801 065705 or Antonio 07749968521. Please don’t wait as places are limited.


House Blessings
Thank you to Father Dionysios for making the rounds and blessing all of our homes after Theophany on January 6. Anyone who has not yet had their home blessed can still organise this with Father D. Anyone wishing to make confession may do so also by prior arrangement.

Mark your calendar
28 February 2016 Board meeting
5 March 2016 Greek night

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in February. Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.
12 February St Alexis Metropolitan of Moscow Allan Burke

Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25. Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are UK tax payer.

 


NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL
The bookstall now has some new books. Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you. I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life. There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal. Please put money in the tin or give to me. Pres Rebecca

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.
Our congratulations to David on being ordained as sub deacon. He will continue to serve our community as well as help in the Lakes District. Many years!

Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated; however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen! We also appreciate any items donated for use in the kitchen. Many thanks.

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.



Newsletter January 2016

Greek Night 5th March
Greek night fund raising in aid of the Iconostatsis fund. To be held on the 5th March 2016 at 7.00pm in the parish hall. Tickets are just £20 and can be purchased from Gregory 07801 065705 or Antonio 07749968521. Please don’t wait as places are limited.

House Blessings
Thank you to Father Dionysios for making the rounds and blessing all of our homes after Theophany on January 6. Anyone who has not yet had their home blessed can still organise this with Father D.  Anyone wishing to make confession may do so also by prior arrangement.

 Mark your calendar

28 February 2016

Board meeting

5 March 2016

Greek night

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in February.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

12 February

St Alexis Metropolitan of Moscow

Allan Burke

 Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are UK tax payer.

 

 NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL
The bookstall now has some new books.  Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you.  I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life.  There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal.  Please put money in the tin or give to me.  Pres Rebecca

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Our congratulations to David on being ordained as sub deacon. He will continue to serve our community as well as help in the Lakes District. Many years!

 Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated; however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  We also appreciate any items donated for use in the kitchen. Many thanks.

 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.      

 

Newsletter January 2016   

Message from Father D
It has been a difficult time with the theft of items from our church. Its cold comfort  but there were also thefts from churches in Chorley at the same time, thieves after money and metal items in the Altar area of those churches as they did with us. We had a lot of support from churches together in Leyland, expressing their sorrow and telling us that they were praying for us. 
The work of our church goes on unabated and I am currently instructing two catechumens which is very encouraging. We are looking forward to a Greek night to be held in our church hall before Lent.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year
Fr Dionysios.

House Blessings and confession
Please arrange with Father D to do your house blessing in January. Father D can now do confession by pre-arrangement.

Orthodox Fellowship of Saint John the Baptist 2016 Study Weekend  
Walsall
Friday 22nd-Sunday 24th January
WHAT ARE PRIESTS FOR?
A study of ancient and modern texts Looking at Patristic and other sources we will consider the place and function of  the priesthood in today’s Church
Cost £60.00, includes lunch and evening meal (only)
Details Fr John Nankivell
Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God
63 Dale Street, Palfrey, Walsall WS1 4AN
(01922-633451; nankivell@tesco.net)
Orthodox Fellowship of Saint John the Baptist (Reg. Ch. No. 1063713)

 Mark your calendar

5 January 2016

Theophany Blessing the water

10 January 2016

Board meeting

5 March 2016

Fundraising event

     

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in January.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

January 7

St John the Baptist

Ioannis Moraitakis

James George

January 7

St Joanna

Joanna Skartsi

January 10

St Gregory of Nyssa

Greg Baker

January 12

St Gabriel

Mygenet Jones

January 17

St Anthony

Anthony Laledakis

Antonio Pratsas

January 19

St Maria

Marianne Becket

January 21

St Agni

Agni Beckett

January 28

St Ephraim

Yew Han Baker

 Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are Uk tax payer.

 

NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL
The bookstall now has some new books.  Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you.  I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life.  There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal.  Please put money in the tin or give to me.  Pres Rebecca

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Our congratulations to Sophie George on her new job as a Neuromuscular Specialist Nurse!

Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated; however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  We also appreciate any items donated for use in the kitchen. Many thanks.

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell

If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       



DECEMBER 2015

Message from Father D

Fr Dionyios and Pres Rebecca would like to wish everyone a blessed and happy nativity.  Thank you for all your prayers and support over the last year.  As from December Bec and I are starting a study group at our house (19 Great Park Drive, PR25 3UN) on a Tuesday evening at 19:30. We shall be reading through the book "Modern Orthodox Thinkers" by Fr Andrew Louth. 

Nicky has asked me to explain something about how Icons are made and painted:

Firstly a suitable board needs to be made and braced on the back to stop the wood from warping. It may be indented to create a border effect around the edge, and then layered with various coats of chalk mixed with Rabbit glue. This creates a white painting surface which needs to be sanded down. This has to be sanded down very finely if Gold leaf is to be applied. 

Secondly it has to be painted, involving layers of paint from dark to light, and in the appropriate style, and in keeping with other Icons. In particular for our scheme at church the preparatory drawings will need to be scaled, and worked on to provide some symmetry between the icons. 

The Iconographer will need to have particular skill in knowing the underlying anatomy and physiology for painting full figures for the large Icons for the Deacons doors. The larger the Icon the more obvious the mistakes are!

Finally the Icons need to be varnished. 

For one Icon of A4 size it will probably take 40 hours from start to finish. 

We are commissioning 10 Icons of 4 different shapes and sizes. Christos has done exceptionally well to find us an Iconographer to do roughly 3 months work for £5000. 

Please support our various ventures to raise money for painting these Icons, and indeed see Gregory if you wish to give money independently of these. 

Maintenance day.

Thank you to all who came to help with the church maintenance and cleaning. We got a great deal done.

 

Mark your calendar

13 December

Sunday school Christmas party

10 January 2016

Board meeting

5 March 2016

Fundraising event

     

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in December.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

December 4

St Barbara

Barbara Kelsall

December 6

St Nicholetta

Nicoleta Habel

December 6

St Nicholas

Nicolette Pratsas

Nicky Vasiliou

December 9

St Anna

Anna Dunkow

December 12

St Spyridon

Spyridon Tsoutsampis

December 18

St Nicholas

Nicholas Galegashuili

December 20

Sunday before Nativity

Adam Dewhurst

December 22

Great Martyr Anastasia

Anastasia Lionaki

December 22

St Matthew

Nathan Mathew

December 25

Emmanuel

Manos Terzakis

Christos Gaitatzis

Chris Beckett

Chrysoulla Chapel

Chrysoulla Skartsi

December 26

St Joseph

Ligomel Joseph

December 27

Archdeacon Stephen

Stefan Marienescu

 

Make your donations go further

The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are Uk tax payer.

NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL

The bookstall now has some new books.  Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you.  I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life.  There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal.  Please put money in the tin or give to me.  Pres Rebecca

Let’s Celebrate!

We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Our heartfelt congratulations and many years to our 80 years young Anthony Laledakis on the 30th November!

Help in the kitchen

I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated; however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  We also appreciate any items donated for use in the kitchen. Many thanks.

New details?

Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell

If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

 

Newsletter September 2015

Pilgimage to Essex July 2015.  A visit to the Holy Orthodox Monastery of St John the Baptist, at Tolleshunt Knights in Essex.

 The service of the Sacrament of Holy Unction had just finished when we arrived at the Monastery; outside the Chapel families were greeting one another, whilst inside there were hundreds of people quietly queuing to be anointed with holy oil. There were children, young people, older people, young families , lots of small babies, and all looked radiant! We waited, too, for our anointing; a very special way to begin our pilgrimage to this monastery.

Tea, bread and jam were served in the Refectory afterwards, after which I think many of the day visitors headed back to the London area . We had a stroll round, going into the crypt where the founding Abbot, Elder Sophrony, is buried. It was good to pray there, remembering this prayerful man who had begun the monastery in 1958. 

By this time, Barbara Kelsall and Pam Mary Riley had arrived after a long journey from Lancashire, so we were complete now, and glad to enjoy a simple evening meal together before resting to be ready for an early start next morning. 

Monday morning, and we arrived back at the monastery at 7am for prayer. Many people , monks, nuns, lay people visiting, had already gathered in the dark chapel. The only light is from the high windows, the walls are completely frescoed with Icons. Your eyes become accustomed to the darkness and soon it appears to be lighter. A pattern of prayer became apparent- the Jesus Prayer was recited 100s of times by one person at a time, sometimes in English, sometimes Greek or Russian: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.'

Everyone was still, standing, kneeling, sitting, so we were comfortable and not fidgetty, thus able to keep our minds and hearts prayerful. After a while, I began to pray in my heart for my family, later for a number of people I knew who had needs at this time. A choir sang hymns for the Saints of the day, as well as asking for their prayers for us all; lights gradually lit the chapel and we venerated the Holy Icons before going out into the sunshine and making our way to the Refectory for a simple breakfast together. A very special and refreshing way to start our day. 

There is a well-stocked bookshop there and some of us carefully chose some for our bookstall back at Church. We hope you find something inspirational to buy there.

Whilst sitting in the sunshine enjoying a cuppa, we admired the very beautiful mosaic covering the end wall of the refectory building- it depicted the animals going in 'two by two' into the Ark! Many children visit the monastery and they must love looking at this wonderful mosaic!

The external walls of the large chapel and the building opposite have sparkling, shining Icons done in mosaic form. Beautiful. 

Fr Philip, one of the monks, kindly gave us a tour later in the morning. He showed us the original chapel set up by dear Elder Sophrony; just a room in an old Rectory, but as many as 150 used to gather there ! My first visit to the monastery was about 25 years ago and I remember seeing an elderly Father , helped by a younger Monk, on his way to this chapel, and being informed that this was Archimandrite Sophrony. Prior to founding this monastery , he had spent time on the Holy Mountain  as a disciple of holy Silouan, later to be Saint Silouan .Elder Sophrony then spent 5 years alone in a cave on the Holy Mountain praying the Jesus Prayer and he  found it most beneficial, hence the rather unusual style of prayer that has been continued all these years- the reciting of the Jesus Prayer for four hours each day. More traditional services are used on certain days and at certain periods in the Church Year, of course. 

So, our day continued, sharing meals in the Refectory, also frescoed with many saints, some holding banners proclaiming wise sayings of the Fathers for us to consider as we ate our meals. During meals a Monk read from the Holy Fathers, so there was no chatting! It was all very different from our usual routines and a good change for us. 

Tuesday morning, we arrived at the Chapel at 7am again, this time for Holy Liturgy. How blessed we were to share in Holy Liturgy during our stay. The Celebrant was Russian but celebrated in lovely clear Greek. Many people had made their journeys to be present, probably 80 or more there.The choir sang so beautifully, too.  Sister Paula,the Nun in charge of hospitality at the Monastery came and chatted with us as we had breakfast( you can chat at breakfast time !). She is very warm in her welcome.  We thanked her and said we hope to come again. The dear Abbot blessed us when we went over to thank him and say our goodbyes. He has a broad smile!  Well, what a great time we have had, sharing fellowship together, praying together and being in such a prayerful, warm place.  Our journey home went smoothly- many thanks Pres. Rebecca.  Presb. Mary 

Pilgrimage to Holywell
Chester and Shrewsbury Communities Saturday 3rd October.  11.00 Liturgy Followed by procession and blessing of the Holy Well 3.00pm Vespers.  Bring chairs and a picnic (This is the only place in Britain with an uninterrupted tradition of pilgrimage going back to the 8th century.)

 

Mark your calendar !

3 October                        

Pilgrimage Holywell

17 October

Grand Ball

 Holy Apostles Grand Fundraising Ball
Saturday 17th October 2015, Park Hall Hotel - Lancastrian Suite, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Nr Chorley, PR7 5LP.  See Greg or Antonio for tickets which cost £25 adults £15 children. 

  Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in September.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

1 September

40 Virgin Martyrs

Penelope Dunkow

Athena Deaconos

8 September

St Maria

Maria Habel

Mario Evangelos

Marie Koutsoudis

16 September

Elevation of the Cross

Stavros Pratsas

17 September

St Sophia

Sophia Beckett

Sophiamma George

Sophia Tirado

19 September

St Sofia

Sonia Slater


 
ORTHODOX FELLOWSHIP OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
You may have noticed copies of Forerunner on several tables around church.  The Forerunner is the journal of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist who are pan-Orthodox aiming to promote the practice of the Orthodox faith by encouraging contacts among members of the Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland.  Fr D and myself are board members and would encourage members of the parish to become members.  It costs £15 per year to be a member and you receive copies of the Foreunner twice a year and also information about other Orthodox conferences etc.  The fellowship also organises a study weekend and a conference yearly.  Myself and a few others went to the conference this year in Walsingham (Pres Audrey wrote an article on the conference in last month’s newsletter).  The website is orthodox fellowship of St John the Baptist.      

Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are UK tax payer.

 NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL
The bookstall now has some new books.  Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you.  I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life.  There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal.  Please put money in the tin or give to me.  Pres Rebecca               

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.                              

New details and members of the community who are unwell
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539.  If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  Pres Rebecca

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky atntpratsas@yahoo.com.     



Newsletter August 2015         

  A time of pilgrimage, fellowship, prayer and inspiration – Pres Mary

On Friday morning, 3rd July, I set off with Pres. Rebecca and David Walker for the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. Along with Chris Matthew and his friend Eupheme, who were travelling down later, we were all booked in there for the Summer Conference of The Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist; the theme of which was 'Pilgrimage- standing on holy ground'.

Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries. The Mother of God is honoured there by thousands of Christian pilgrims every year; some folk stay a few hours, others a few days, to pray, be renewed, healed, refreshed.

On our arrival, we were shown our rooms; really comfortable ones, too. Then I bumped into Fr Pancratios, who was to be one of four speakers at our Conference, and was delighted to greet his dear Pres. Anna, too. Anna is one of my God-daughters, so it was lovely to know we could share fellowship together.

The service of Vespers was our first service together of the Conference, and was held in a former train station waiting room- transformed many years ago into the Holy Orthodox Church of St Seraphim of Sarov, a 19th century Russian Saint very dear to my heart. This was the first Orthodox Church I went into, decades ago, when I was still a 'Pentecostal'. I was glad to pray before St Seraphim's holy icon. Whilst enjoying our delicious evening meal, I found myself next to a couple I met many years earlier on another Fellowship of St John the Baptist pilgrimage in Scotland. Great to catch up with them again!

After our meal, Metropolitan Bishop Kallistos spoke about how pilgrimage is a social time, when we have time to share fellowship with our fellow pilgrims; pilgrimage is a surprising time- God surprises us. We should go with an open heart and mind and God will bless us, perhaps not at the time of pilgrimage, maybe sometime later.

The service of Compline completed our evening, and we strolled along the meandering pathways, bordered with lavender and many other flowers, all carefully tended, and back to our rooms for a welcome sleep! It's a restful, refreshing place.

Morning prayers began our day, then two more talks during the morning. Dr Nicholas Fennell spoke on 'Russian Pilgrimage to Mount Athos'. He has made a number of pilgrimages there and his talk was informative and well-illustrated. After a break, Bishop Kallistos blessed us all with Holy water from the ancient well at the Shrine. That was lovely and accompanied by beautiful quiet singing of hymns to the Mother of God.

Fr Philip Steer gave our second talk of the morning, about Orthodox Faith in Walsingham. He has prayerfully served Holy Liturgy for some 13 years, in the quite small Orthodox Chapel located up some stairs in the Shrine Church. He showed us this Chapel; it is lovely and we were glad to pray there . It is not always the quietest place, though, as the organ in the Anglican chapel nearby suddenly booms out during their services, but they manage!

Following our lunch break, Fr Pancratios gave our final talk on pilgrimage, illustrating it well, too.  We were inspired by all the talks and look forward to making further pilgrimages when we are able.
It is interesting to consider that 30 years ago, there were not many British converts to the Orthodoox Church; most of us had little knowledge of the numerous Greek, Russian, Serbian and other Orthodox churches scattered around our islands, mainly in the large cities. Then little by little, the secret was out, and we discovered this Orthodox Faith. In those early days we made many pilgrimages up and down our country, searching out local and not so local Orthodox British Saints, asking for their prayers for the establishing of mission churches here. Did we wake them up! There are now many Orthodox Churches across our land, and they are growing! Thanks be to God. Britain is returning to her Holy Orthodoxy. If you are travelling somewhere about our country, do a bit of homework in advance and see if there is a local Orthodox Saint remembered there- maybe there is a Holy Well or even an ancient chapel to visit and pray in.

Down the lanes from Little Walsingham, with its Shrines, both Anglican and also Roman Catholic, and our dear Orthodox presence, is Great Walsingham (actually a smaller village than Little Walsingham!!). There is the Holy Orthodox Church of the Holy Transfiguration and, on Sunday morning, all the 50 or so folk on our pilgrimage/conference attended Holy Liturgy there. I love that Church, too. Totally Orthodox inside, frescoed beautifully; outside, still a former Methodist builing, I think, as is our own Holy Apostles here in Leyland! Father Christodoulos and I were there one year on Palm Sunday for the Liturgy. Happy memories. It is beneficial and a great blessing to sometimes visit another Orthodox Church. When you are on holiday, look out the local Orthodox parish before you go, and try to attend a service there. 
The parishioners welcomed us warmly after Liturgy and then we made our way back to our conference refectory for Sunday lunch. The weather had been sunny and hot when we set off that morning but we all got soaked on our walk back! Not to worry- it was actually quite nice to be caught out with no brolly, etc, for once. I really had a great weekend there. We said our goodbyes and Pres Rebecca took the wheel again for our next journey- 2 and a half hours' drive to the Orthodox Monastery in Essex, where we would join in with the monastic pattern of life for a day or two. But that's a story for next month's newsletter......

NEW BOOKS ON THE BOOKSTALL
The bookstall now has some new books. Please do take a moment to have a look at them, I hope something will be of interest to you. I’ve purchased different topics such as lent, spiritual life, children’s and family life. There is also Bible, liturgy and prayer books as normal. Please put money in the tin or give to me. Pres Rebecca

CONGRATULATIONS ….
to Samar for obtaining his five year visa. Many years!
Pilgrimage to Shrine of St Bertram, illam, derbyshire
Stoke Community. Saturday 1st August. Anglican Church in Ilam where St Ber-tram was buried
11.00am Liturgy, 2.00pm Visit to St Bertram’s cave or spring, 4.00pm Vespers St Bertram (Betelin) was an English Hermit (8th century).

Pilgrimage to Holywell
Chester and Shrewsbury Communities. Saturday 3rd October.
11.00 Liturgy Followed by procession and blessing of the Holy Well 3.00pm Vespers. Bring chairs and a picnic. (This is the only place in Britain with an uninterrupted tradition of pilgrimage going back to the 8th century.)

Mark your calendar !

1 August Pilgrimage St Bertram, Ilham 
6 September Board meeting 
3 October Pilgrimage Holywell 
17 October Grand Ball 

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in August. Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

15 August Dormition of Theotokos Maro Shaw
Pam Riley
Miriam (Jenny) Baker
Maria Davidson
Maria Burke 
19 August St Natalia Natalia Ntais 
26 August St Natalia Natalia Elkin 
28 August St Mary Mariam Aptsiauri 
30 August St Alexander Alexander Adams

SUNDAY SCHOOL END OF TERM PARTY
Last Sunday was our end of term party. We had fun playing pass the parcel and pinning the horn on the unicorn. We also had some party food of cake, crisps and popcorn. Out of all the children who come to Sunday School Jessica has attended most regularly since September. Fr D presented her with a book. Thanks to all of the children who have attended Sunday School over the year we really do love having you come along; see you in September. Also a big thanks to Barbara and Michael for all of their help.

 ICONOSTASIS

The Archbishop has given his blessing for us to embark upon raising funds to complete the icons on the doors on the Iconostasis. This will involve various fund-raising initiatives over the coming year, but also it will simply need people to give money of their own volition. The value of your donation can of course be increased if you are a tax payer and you can gift aid it. The Icons are obviously of great benefit to our worship, but they are also our shop window, we have shown more than ten groups around our church over the last year, and they are an invaluable teaching resource to groups of all ages. Thank you in anticipation for all those who will help to raise the money needed. 

Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25. Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are Uk tax payer.

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate. 

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Holy Apostles Grand Fundraising Ball
Saturday 17th October 2015. Park Hall Hotel - Lancastrian Suite, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Nr Chorley, PR7 5LP. Tickets see Gregory or Antionio £25 adults £15 children.

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.

 


NEWSLETTER  JULY  2015

Patronal Festival 28 June 2015
Thank you to all who attended and enjoyed our wonderful Patronal festival. As always Christos outdid himself with all of the wonderful food on offer. It was a joy to see all of the children enjoying time together and having such fun, especially when it came time to sing happy birthday to Leo. What a wonderful community we have! 

Holy Apostles Grand Fundraising Ball
Saturday 17th October 2015
Park Hall Hotel - Lancastrian Suite, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Nr Chorley, PR7 5LP
This will be a fantastic evening with all sorts happening.  A great hot and cold buffet and fantastic entertainment from one of the country's top party bands The Funtime Frankies.  There will hopefully be some dancing from the various nationalities represented in our congregation and much more.  So come and party.
The aim is to raise funds to finish the icons on the doors of the iconostasis which will probably cost about £5000.
We need everyone to get behind this and sell sell sell tickets to family and friends.  There is plenty of room for lots of people - up to 350 seated - so please tell everyone you know to make it a great success and a great enjoyable evening.  Tickets now available - £25 adults £15 children.

Diary dates

12 July

Board Meeting

17 October

Grand Fundraising Ball

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in July.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

17 July

St Marina

Margie Andrin

22 July

St Magdalena

Magdalena Briggs

Magdalena Ruth Koutsoudis

26 July

St Paraskevi

Koulla Paraskeva

 ICONOSTAS
The Archbishop has given his blessing for us to embark upon raising funds to complete the icons on the doors on the Iconostasis. This will involve various fund-raising initiatives over the coming year, but also it will simply need people to give money of their own volition. The value of your donation can of course be increased if you are a tax payer and you can gift aid it. The Icons are obviously of great benefit to our worship, but they are also our shop window, we have shown more than ten groups around our church over the last year, and they are an invaluable teaching resource to groups of all ages. Thank you in anticipation for all those who will help to raise the money needed.                

Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are a UK taxpayer.

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.                                  

Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated, however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  Many thanks.

 New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com

NEWSLETTER JUNE 2015

Feast of the Holy 12 Apostles

This feast celebrated on the 30th June is also the namesake of our church. There are twelve apostles in the above icon and it is believed that Christ chose 12 apostles because it was the number of the 12 sons of Jacob, who later became the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel. After Pentecost, Christs 12 Apostles become the leaders of the “New Israel”. Christ charged the apostles with the job of continuing His work of redeeming mankind from sin and He enabled them to succeed by bestowing the Holy Spirit upon them. The authority of the Apostles in the church is unquestionable and the place of honour accorded them by the church has no equal, except for that of the Theotokos. Their importance is also shown by the fact that their commemoration is preceded by a period of fasting. The Apostles of Christ are the role models to whom we should look for examples of lives well lived.

 Patronal Festival 28 June 2015

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the Bbq please see Christos.
Items that can be donated for the raffle are bottles of wine/spirits, smellies in a nice box set, candles, vouchers etc

 

 Dates for your diary

14 June

Board meeting

28 June

Patronal Festival

17 October

Greek Night

Clergy Conference

Fr Christodoulos, Fr Dionysios and Pres Rebecca recently went to the clergy conference held in South London.  This is an annual event and is hosted by different churches each year.  This year St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral Camberwell hosted.  They were made very welcome and fed very well!  The purpose of the conference is for clergy and their wives to get together for several days to hear talks given by the Archbishop and several priests and to meet new people and catch up with those already known.  The group also visited three other orthodox churches in the area and visited St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary Academy during the course of the time.  Fr D

 “The conference is always a good experience. To be with most of the Clergy of the Diocese, rejoicing in singing the victorious hymn of “Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen!” is a positive start to the time together. The subjects of the Conference are often in Greek and translated either at the same time or later. The joy of meeting people whom you are very rarely able to be with, the welcome at other churches, the powerful singing by several priests. These combined with the later informal times with each other and laughing about life. My only regret is that I am unable to speak Greek fluently! “ Fr C

 I really enjoyed my time at the conference.  It was great meeting priests I’d not met before and to hear their stories, it really humbled me!  I also enjoyed visiting the Academy.  We were part of the assembly, the children sang to us and we sang to them.  Pres Rebecca

Service of Proskemede

Fathers Dionysios and Christodolous took the time to show and explain at the front of the church the service of preparation of the bread and wine which is used for Communion during the Holy Liturgy. Most of us have seen the prosfero (bread) with the stamped images on top, but did not know the meaning or significance of these images. It was fascinating to really “see” the bread as Christ’s body as Father C started the preparation by stabbing the bread as Christ was stabbed. They explained the different sections of the stamped bread, what each represents and what purpose it serves during the service. We all felt privileged and blessed to see a part of the service usually conducted out of our view.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in June.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

 

30 June

The Holy Apostles

Apostolos Marvin Koutsoudis

 

ICONOSTASIS
The Archbishop has given his blessing for us to embark upon raising funds to complete the icons on the doors on the Iconostasis. This will involve various fund-raising initiatives over the coming year, but also it will simply need people to give money of their own volition. The value of your donation can of course be increased if you are a tax payer and you can gift aid it. The Icons are obviously of great benefit to our worship, but they are also our shop window, we have shown more than ten groups around our church over the last year, and they are an invaluable teaching resource to groups of all ages. Thank you in anticipation for all those who will help to raise the money needed. 

Make your donations go further

The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are a UK taxpayer.

 Let’s Celebrate!

We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.                          

Help in the kitchen

I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated, however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  Many thanks.

New details?

Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell

If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

 

NEWSLETTER  MAY 2015

Feast of the Holy Ascension
The feast of the Ascension commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfilment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, He ascended into heaven. Christ ascended into heaven as man and as God. Once He became a man, He never put off his humanity, but deified it and made us capable of redemption. The ascension is His final physical departure from this world after His resurrection. It is the formal completion of His mission in this world as the Saviour. It is His glorious return to the Father who has sent Him into the world to accomplish the work that He had given Him to do. The story of the ascension can be found in the book of Acts of the Apostles 1:3-11 and in the Gospels of Mark (16:19) and Luke (24:50-53). The feast of the Holy Ascension is celebrated on the 40th day after Pascha and is always celebrated on a Thursday. This year the Ascension is celebrated on the 21st of May.

ICONOSTASIS
The Archbishop has given his blessing for us to embark upon raising funds to complete the icons on the doors on the Iconostasis. This will involve various fund-raising initiatives over the coming year, but also it will simply need people to give money of their own volition. The value of your donation can of course be increased if you are a tax payer and you can gift aid it. The Icons are obviously of great benefit to our worship, but they are also our shop window, we have shown more than ten groups around our church over the last year, and they are an invaluable teaching resource to groups of all ages. Thank you in anticipation for all those who will help to raise the money needed. 

 Dates for your diary

10 May

Board meeting

28 June

Patronal Festival

Pascha thank you
Many thanks to all who took part in the Pascha services, it was a lot of hard work for some but well worth it.  We hope members of the community enjoyed the services especially in Holy Week.

Pascha collection
A big thank you to everyone who collected for the Pascha collection.  £200 was collected in total.  The money will be sent to International Orthodox Christian Charities for their work in Syria.

Churches Together in Leyland Christian Unity Week
Thursday 21st May, 12noon. Once again we will be hosting a day for the Christian Unity Week.  This has proved a very successful event in past years.  It is a good opportunity for people who go to other churches in Leyland to come into our church.  It is usual for the hosting church to put on a lunch for about 25 people and help will be needed for this.  If you are able to help in any way, perhaps prepare some food or if you can come on the day and help with the catering please let me know.  This is a good way of serving our church and I look forward to hearing from you.  Pres Rebecca.

Clergy conference
Fr Christodoulos, Fr Dionysios and Pres. Rebecca will be travelling to the clergy conference held at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Camberwell, South London from Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th April. Please do keep them in your prayers. The conference is an annual event and is a time of learning and mutual support. Thank you.

 

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in May. Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

5 May

St Irina

Irina Antoniadou

10 May

Simon the Zealot

Simon Pearson

21 May

St Helena

Pam Tickle

Eleni Evangelos

Elli Dewhurst

Eleana Cox

21 May

St Constantine

Kostas Antoniadou

Constantinos Evangelos

22 May

St Susan

Josna George

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated, however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  Many thanks.

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are a UK taxpayer.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       



Newsletter April 2015
MESSAGE FROM FATHER DIONYSIOS 

PASCHAL MESSAGE
As pascha is nearly around the corner can I encourage you to keep on going!  God is faithful.  On behalf of Father Christodoulos, Presbyteras Mary and Rebecca and myself may we wish you all a happy and joyful pascha.

ICONOSTASIS
The Archbishop has given his blessing for us to embark upon raising funds to complete the icons on the doors on the Iconostasis. This will involve various fund-raising initiatives over the coming year, but also it will simply need people to give money of their own volition. The value of your donation can of course be increased if you are a tax payer and you can gift aid it. The Icons are obviously of great benefit to our worship, but they are also our shop window, we have shown more than ten groups around our church over the last year, and they are an invaluable teaching resource to groups of all ages. Thank you in anticipation for all those who will help to raise the money needed. 

MESSAGE FROM GREGORY BAKER, CHAIRMAN
This year the Annual General Meeting of our church will be held on Sunday 26th April after the Holy Liturgy.  This is an important event in the life of the church when we all have the opportunity of hearing reports from the officials including information about our financial situation.  It is vital that as many church members as possible are involved in the direction of our community so I encourage everyone to stay for the meeting.  Thank you.

 Dates for your diary

26 April

AGM

10 May

Board meeting

28 June

Patronal Festival

     

                            

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in April. Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

5 April

Psalm Sunday

Margorita Tomova

12 April

Easter Sunday

Maria Dunkow

Anastasia Bradford

Anastasia Tsoutsoumpis

15 April

St Leonidas

Leo Chappell

23 April

St George

George George

George Galegashuili

George Xanthoulis

29 April

St Irina

Irina Ellis

 

                                              

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Congratulations to Ligomel on her promotion at work. Well done!

Congratulations to Andy and Justina on getting married in a beautiful South African wedding. Many happy years to you both!

 

Message from Presbytera Rebecca

Pascha collection
This year we will be giving to International Orthodox Christian Charities for their work in Syria.(http://www.iocc.org/)  Orthodox Christians, as you can imagine, are still going through a very hard time.  Your contribution however big or small can really help make a difference, please give as generously as you can.

Help in the kitchen
I would like to thank all of you who help out in the kitchen after tea/coffee time it is really appreciated, however, I would like to invite any of you to help out! We do allow men in the kitchen!  Many thanks.

New details?
Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

 Members of the community who are unwell
If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.                                                 

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Children under 5 are invited to have some fun. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes.  There will be no lessons in April due to Pascha and the Annual General Meeting.

 Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

 Prosforon
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

Make your donations go further
The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities and churches to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £1, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £1.25.  Giving under Gift Aid means that so much more money can be raised at no extra cost to you. All that you need to do is to enclose your offering in the envelopes on the table at the entrance of the church and complete the details on the front. Any and all money given at collection can be placed in a gift aid envelope as long as you are a UK taxpayer.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       



NEWSLETTER - January 2015

Message from Fr Dionysios

Bookstall
Thanks to our good connections with Fr Emmanuel (Bob Kahn) I've been able to replenish and get some new books for our bookstall.  I would like to draw your attention to three in particular.

Embassy, Emigrants and Englishmen: The three hundred year history of a Russian Orthodox church in London.
Orthodoxy has had a definite presence in this country since the 18th century. While on the surface this book tells the story of just one parish in London, it actually tells the story of a lot of the Orthodox endeavour in this country in the last couple of centuries, for instance there was a Russian Orthodox bishop for Preston in the last century. You can buy it from our bookstall for £15 it is over £27 on Amazon.

The Orthodox church. An introduction to its history, doctrine and spiritual culture.
Fr. John McGuckin writes very good books, I actually met him when I went for an open day at Leeds University looking to study theology when I left school. They turned me down but I enjoy reading his books nonetheless! This book does what it says on the tin. You can get it for £24 this is competitive with Amazon where it is over £24 for kindle and more for paperback.

Beauty, Spirit, Matter. Icons in the modern world.
This book by the accomplished Iconographer Aidan Hart provides in depth reflection on Iconography. Again it’s on the bookstall significantly cheaper than you would find it on Amazon.

Theophany and house blessings
Please join us in church on Monday January the 5th 2015, for the service of the blessing of the waters at 7pm. Then please make arrangements with myself or Fr Christodoulos to have your house blessed.

Diary date
Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist. Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th January 2015.  Study weekend entitled the Mother of God in the Holy Bible.  See Pres Rebecca for further details.  

Leyland food bank
Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A grey box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Dates for your diary

5th January

Service of the blessing of the waters 7.00pm

11 January

Sunday school

18 January

Committee meeting

24 January

Sunday school

23-25 January

Study weekend

 

 

     

Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”.

Prosforon                 
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday evening, Friday evening, Sunday evening, Saturday all day and any morning available. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know. Also, the committee has decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word. There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in January. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so. 

5 January

 

Bogomil Tomova

6 January

 

Yoanna Tomova

7 January

S John the Baptist

Ioannis Moraitaki

Jomes George

  7 January

St Joanna

Joanna Skartsi

Angela Habel

10 January

St Gregory of Nyssa

Gregory Baker

12 January

St Gabriel

Mygenet Jones

17 January

St Anthony

Anthony Laledakis

Antonio Pratsas

19 January

St Maria

Marianne Beckett

21 January

St Agni

Agni Beckett

 

28 January

St Ephraim

Yew Han Baker

 

         

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. There will be a new class for children under 5 to attend. Sunday school is on the 11th and 24th January.

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Well done to Justina Balciukeviciute on passing her Accountancy exams!

Congratulations to Kenneth Doswell on his Chrismation. Many years!

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.                                           



Newsletter December 2014

Thank you to all who provided food for the nativity feast.  We certainly had a great feast and enjoyed some lovely food.  This year our nativity collection is going to the International Orthodox Churches Charity for Syria (www.iocc.org).  This is an expensive time of year but please give as generously as you can for those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
In the last two months we have shown six groups around our church ranging in age from cub scouts to senior citizens. One group though was from a local Methodist church, some of whom used to come to our church before we bought it when it was a Methodist church.  One of them sent me a thank you card, I have typed it out below:

Dear Father,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Midge Hall fellowship, to thank you for a lovely evening on Thursday 6th of November. Your talk on the history of Orthodoxy and talking with your gentleman choir member (Michael) afterwards, and of course answering our questions, made it easier to understand.
As one of those who worshiped at Leyland Lane, until closure, and having last seen the church as large empty space, it was a delight to step inside and see the love and thought put into its transformation.  
Other members were of the same opinion, it is once again a beautiful and loving place of worship, and has a great feeling of warmth and friendship.  
It was a joy to visit you and we thank you for your hospitality, especially yourself and your wife and gentleman (Michael) who made us so welcome, by spending time talking and explaining items to us.  
With love.  Thank you.  Jennett George.

Future diary date
Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist. Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th January 2015.  Study weekend entitled the Mother of God in the Holy Bible.  See Pres Rebecca for further details.  

Leyland food bank
Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A green box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

 Dates for your diary

14 December 2014

Sunday school

28 December 2014

No Sunday school

18 January 2015

Committee meeting

23-25 January 2015

Study weekend

 

 

Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

Prosforon 
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

 Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. There will be a new class for children under 5 to attend. There will be Sunday school on the 14th December, but none on the 28th December.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saints day in December. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

December 4

St Barbara

Barbara Kelsall

 

December 6

St Nicholetta

Nicoletta Habel

 

  December 6

St Nicholas

Nicolette Pratsas
Nicky- Eleana’s mom

 

December 9

St Anna

Anna Dunkow

 

December 12

St Spryridon

Spyridon Tsoutsoumpis

 

December 17

St Daniel

Daniel Regan

 

December 18

St Nicholas

Nicholas Galegashuili

 

December 21

Sunday before nativity

Adam Antoniou
Adam Dewhurst

 

December 22

Great Martyr Anastasia
St Matthew

Anastasia Lionaki
Nathan Matthew

 

December 25

Emmanuel

Manos Terzakis
Christos Gaitatzis
Chris Beckett
Chrysoulla Skartsi

 

 

December 26

St Joseph

Ligomel Joseph

 

 

 

December 27

Archdeacon

Stephen

Stefan

 Marienescu

 

               

 Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Congratulations to Yew Han and Lakshmi on the 40 day blessing of baby Zachary!

Congratulations to the beautiful and very well behaved Georgia on the event of her Christening on the 23rd of November.

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday evening, Friday evening, Sunday evening, Saturday all day and any morning available. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know. Also, the committee has decided to make the hall available for childrens birthday parties, so please spread the word. There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.         



Newsletter November 2014

We have had young and old come and visit the church, ranging from cubs and beavers to the University of the Third Age, and donations of £150 have been gratefully received from this. Thank you to Fr Christodoulos, Presbytera Rebecca and Michael for helping to show them around.
Christos asked me recently:  What should you do if you are in the middle of lighting candles near the icons and the Priest starts censing?  The short answer is simply pause and make sure the Priest can cense the main icons which he censes three times, by moving if necessary.
The long answer is that the Priest is actually censing different things at different times.  In our church, when there is not a Bishop present the Priest or Deacon will normally do three large censings during the Liturgy. The first time is during the Doxology when he is primarily censing the church before the service.  This is why the Priest goes round the walls, if people are between him and the wall then he will bow to them, but it is actually the walls, and the main icons that are being censed for their preparation for the service.  The second time during the reading of the Epistle, he is primarily censing the Gospel and the people, preparing them to receive the Gospel.  The third time during the Cherubimic hymn, before the Great entrance he is primarily censing the Altar, and the people preparing them for receiving the sacred gifts.

As from November there will be a new pre-Sunday school age group.  Children below five are encouraged to go out with the Sunday School group on weeks two and four of the month where there will be colouring and a Bible story for them.

Thanks to David Walker for his hard work painting the church doors.

Fr Dionysios

The Lectionary & Calendar

This is the daily reference book which gives us the details for the Saint for the day, the appropriate Epistle & Gospel readings, whether it is a Fast day or not as well as all the feast days of the Church. It is very useful to have as we follow the year as Orthodox Christians.  It is published each year. I have been told that the new price for it will be about £5.00, but this will be confirmed later.
If you would like me to order a copy for you, please let me know SOON, by one of the following methods. 

  1. Email me on xcdoulos@yahoo.com giving me the number you want and your full name.

  2. Fill in the form which will be available in church from the beginning of November.

 I want to send in the complete order by mid November, so be sure to order it soon. It will be of help if you pay for your copy in advance.

 God Bless! Fr Christodoulos

  

Pilgrimage to St Winefride's well in Holywell, North Wales. October 2014
Even since before my Chrismation into the Holy Orthodox Church 25 years ago (wow, is it really all those years ago!!), I have looked forward to the annual pilgrimage to Holywell. There was a classic moment one year when I was caught on camera venerating the Holy Relic of blessed St Winefride, a photo subsequently plastered on the front cover of Orthodox Outlook, a magnificent magazine many of the more mature folk will remember; and me, at that time, still a fairly fervent Pentecostal Christian!! There is no doubt that my pilgrimages there played a part in my conversion to the Orthodox Church. Thanks be to God.
The day begins with the service of Preparation for Holy Communion in the lovely church built above the holy well. Fr Pancratios and Pres. Anna of the Chester Community of St Barbara have been there some time already, setting up the holy altar area, icon stands, sand trays, beautiful flowers around the holy icons. More and more pilgrims arrive until the church is full! Then some more arrive and squeeze themselves in. This year there were 10 Priests, a sub-deacon from Germany, and a number of people had travelled hundreds of miles to be there- yes, a much loved pilgrimage!
The holy Liturgy is served, with many communicants joyfully receiving the Holy Gifts; then the short service of Artoklasia (breaking of bread) was served, followed by a splendid procession , with everyone singing 'Holy God, holy strong, holy immortal One, have mercy upon us'; out of church, down the hill and to St Winefride's well. Here, the service of the Blessing of the Water takes place; a very special service, towards the end of which a large brush is dipped into a container of very cold water and we are more or less drenched as the beaming Priest splashes us as we are gathered all around the well!
One by one, to the sound of the troparion for St Winefride being sung by the Chester choir, we shuffle forward to venerate the icon of St Winefride, her holy relic, the holy cross and we are each blessed with water on our head and finally take a drink of the holy water.
During the service, as we have stood around the well, we have gazed down watching the wide circle of lively bubbles springing up and looked forward to that first gulp of water from this holy place. The spring or well has never stopped flowing since the 7th century. For this is the place where young  St Winefride was restored to life after execution by a pagan. She continued to live a holy life in North Wales. Her holy well has always been a place of pilgrimage since that time. Many pilgrims have received healing here; some left their crutches, as they were no longer needed!
14 of our Leyland Community went on pilgrimage this year. A good number! Some brave folk take a dip in the freezing pool next to the well, then enjoy their picnic after a brisk drying off; others head for the old-fashioned hand pump to fill their plastic bottles to take home to drink as desired for healing of soul and body. Others go into the little chapel next to the pool to light candles and make their personal prayers. So, a quiet hour passes as we eat, drink talk to our companions, make new friends with other pilgrims, whom we will see next year.  The day concludes with the lovely service of Vespers, back up the hill in the beautiful church. The late sun always shines through the golden-coloured leaded windows, lighting the icons and making patterns on the plain concrete floor.
Then we say our goodbyes and make our journey home with our bottle of holy water, and perhaps a souvenir from the shop managed by the Roman Catholics who look after this holy place.
The first Saturday in October, pilgrimage to Holywell, will be highlighted in my calender next year, too. See you there, God willing!  Pres. Mary

Prosforon 
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

 Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

Future diary dates
Thursday 6th November, 7.30pm at St Aidan's Orthodox Church, Clare Road, Manchester, M19 2GG - Glimpses of Orthodoxy in Britain.  A very interesting talk on the foundations of Orthodoxy in Britain by Nicholas Chapman, a well known Orthodox business man.  Admission is free.
Sunday 9th November feast before nativity.  Bring and share lunch. The charity selected for the Nativity fast collection is to be in aid of Syria and will be distributed through the International Orthodox Church charity. Please be generous in your giving.
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th January 2015.  Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist.  Study weekend entitled the Mother of God in the Holy Bible.  See Pres Rebecca for further details.  

 Dates for your diary 

9 + 23 November

Sunday school

6 November

Glimpses of Orthodoxy

9 November

Jacobs join

11 January 2015

Committee meeting

23-25 January 2015

Study weekend

     

 

Leyland food bank
Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A gray box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

 Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

 Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.
Congratulations to Josna for gaining entrance into Lancaster girls grammer school for next year!  Well done we're very proud of you. Many years!

 Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

 Folk not well
If anyone is ill or knows of anyone who is ill, not well etc please do let Pres Rebecca know.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.                                          

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saints day in November. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

4 November

St. Maria

Maria Regan

8 November

Archangel Michael

Alan Mellow

Maximus Wallis

Michael Pratsas

Angi Adam

16 November

St. Matthew

Biju Mathew

  23 November

St. George

George Galegashuili

25 November

Great Martyr Catherine of

Alexandria

Ekaterini

Katerina Moraitakis

28 November

St. Andrew

Andrea Comsa

 

 

St. Andrew

Andrei Davidson

Anda Marinescu

Andreas Evangelos

Andrew Pratsas

Andrew Deaconos

                         

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. There will be Sunday school on the 9 and 23rd November 2014. There will be a new class for children under 5 to attend from this November.

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday evening, Friday evening, Sunday evening, Saturday all day and any morning available. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know. Also, the committee has decided to make the hall available for childrens birthday parties, so please spread the word. There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee. 



NEWSLETTER  OCTOBER 2014

The season has changed and the nights will start to draw in. We naturally spend more time in quiet contemplation when there is less to draw our attention outdoors. Let us therefore make good use of these colder months. Let us read and deepen our understanding of Christ and His teaching. Let us pray without ceasing for His intercession in the dangerous and unpredictable world in which we live. Let us open our hearts and minds and allow God to lead us!

Leyland food bank
Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A green box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Dates for your diary

4 October

Pilgrimage to Holywell

5 October

Board meeting

Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

Prosforon                 
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.                                   

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saints day in October. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

2 October

St Cyprian

Ciprian Habel

3 October

St Dionysios

Fr Dionysios Higgs

18 October

St Luke

Loukas Beckett   

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.
What a wonderful afternoon we all enjoyed at Father Dionysios’ surprise birthday meal after the liturgy on the 14th of September. Thank you to all who attended.                  

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. There will be Sunday school on the 12th and 26th October.

Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday evening, Friday evening, Sunday evening, Saturday all day and any morning available. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.                                           



Newsletter September 2014

Being child-friendly

It is a sign of a healthy church that we have children in our services, and we should expect to hear the occasional clatter and bang, however if you wish to bring toys for your kids to play with please ensure that they are soft toys. It is totally acceptable in Orthodoxy to pop in and out of the service with your children to help keep the peace. Please do take the opportunity though, during the service to teach your children about the service and to explain to them what is going on. Also please involve them in the service, extinguishing candles from the sand trays and putting them in the bowls on the floor, or taking the collection baskets round while being shadowed by an adult. From the age of 7 boys are very welcome to come and help in the Altar. 

 Vespers – new time

Please note that beginning in September vespers on a Thursday night will have a new start time of 7.30pm instead of 7.00pm.

 Leyland food bank

Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A green box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Dates for your diary

4 October

Holywell pilgrimage see Pres Mary for details

5 October

Board meeting

Daily readings

If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

Prosforon                  

One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies

You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.                                                

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in September. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

1 September

40 Virgin Martyrs

Penelope Dunkow

Athena Deaconos

8 September

St Maria

Maria Habel

Mario Evangelos

Marie Koutsoudis

16 September

Elevation of the Cross

Stavros Pratsas

17 September

St Sofia

Sofia Regan

Sonia Slater

30 September

St Vera

Vera Zascerinska                                   

Let’s Celebrate!

We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Congratulations to Maria on her reception into Orthodoxy.

 Belated congratulations and many years to Nicoleta on her recent birthday.  We hope you had a lovely time celebrating.

Congratulations and many years to Father Dionysios on his birthday on the 11 September!

 Congratulations and many years to Antonio Pratsas on his birthday on the 9th September! 

 Many congratulations to Sophie on her recent promotion as sister of a ward at Royal Preston hospital.  Many years!                           

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes.

Altar boys

Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon free. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know.

 Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.    



Newsletter August 2014

My congratulations to Fr Christodoulos on his retirement as Priest in charge, I look forward to many further years of being able to work cooperatively together. My thanks to Christos for all his hard work for the Patronal festival and for the money he raised. There is a good amount of money that has been collected by the church for the poor, if anyone knows of any individuals in need or worthy charities or causes in our area, please contact myself or Gregory. 

 There will be no vespers during the month of August.

 Leyland food bank
Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A green box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Dates for your diary

15 August

Dormition of Theotokos

5 October

Board meeting

Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

Prosforon
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please note on the envelope “sacramental wine”.                                                   

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in August. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

15 August

Dormition of the Theotokos

Maro Shaw
Pam Riley
Maria Burke

19 August

St Natalia

Natalia Ntais

  26 August

St Natalia

Natalia Elkin

28 August

St Mary

Mariam Aptsiauri

30 August

St Alexander

Alexander Adams
Alisa Avramidou
(Kritikos)

                         

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.
Congratulations on the wedding of Phillip and Jennifer, we wish them many happy years together.
Many congratulations to Yew Han and Laskshmi Baker on their recent birth of Zachery.  Many years.  Congratulations also to the proud grandparents Greg and Miriam Baker.

Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.                             

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. There will be no Sunday school in August for the school holidays.

Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings free. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know.

 Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.                                          

Church Etiquette
What is “proper behavior” during Church services? Below are some gentle reminders about Church etiquette and traditions.
Punctuality
The time to arrive at Church is before the Divine Liturgy starts. If you should arrive after the service begins, follow the guidelines under “Entering the Church” below so your entrance does not interrupt the service. The best way to avoid entering the Church at an inappropriate time is to arrive on time.
Entering the Church
After the Divine Liturgy has begun, you should not enter the nave (main part) of the Church during:The reading of the Epistle or Gospel, The sermon, The Creed,The Anaphora (consecration prayers)
If you arrive after the service begins, enter the Church quietly and observe what is happening. If any of the above is taking place, wait until it is finished to quickly find a seat. If Father is giving the sermon, stay in the back until he has concluded.
Leaving Before Dismissal
Leaving the Church before dismissal deprives us of a blessing. Worship has a beginning, “Blessed is the Kingdom…” and an end, “Let us depart in peace…”
Venerating Icons
When you enter the Church, it is customary to venerate (kiss) the holy icons. Usually there are icons in the narthex and/or at the entrance of the nave, and many Churches have icon stands at the front near the iconostasion as well. Non-Orthodox newcomers to the Church are often confused or perplexed about venerating icons. In a very traditional Church an icon will be on a stand at the entrance or in the centre of the nave; this icon is venerated first. Then the icon of Christ which is to the right, before the iconostasion, is venerated, followed by those icons that are accessible on the right side of the Church.
Crossing over at the rear of the Church, the icon of the Theotokos which is to the left, before the iconostasion, is venerated, followed by those icons that are accessible on the left side of the Church. In many Byzantine Churches in this country, the only icons available for veneration are those in the narthex. It is customary when venerating an icon, especially the principal icons, to make three reverences (sign of the cross three times followed by a prostration, or low bow to the ground, each time after crossing oneself) and then kissing the icon once.
When venerating an icon, pay attention to where you kiss. It is not proper to kiss an icon on the face.
Rather, you would kiss the hand. Pay attention to what you are doing as you venerate an icon, showing the proper respect due to the person depicted, the same respect you would show in person. If wearing lipstick or lip balm/gloss, please be careful not to get it on the icon.
Lighting Candles
Lighting candles is an important part of Orthodox worship. Each act of lighting is a form of prayer. Candles are typically lit when coming into the Church. There are times during the Divine Liturgy, though, when candles should not be lit: during the Epistle and Gospel readings; the Small or Great Entrances, the sermon; and the Anaphora (consecration prayers), essentially those times when we should be more attentive in the Divine Liturgy.
When to Cross Oneself
Anyone who has looked around during the services will notice that different people cross themselves at different times (and sometimes even in different ways). To a certain extent, when to cross oneself is dictated by personal piety and is not an issue of dogma. But there are times when it is specifically proper to cross yourself and times when you should not.
Below are brief guidelines of when to cross and when not to cross.
When to cross:
When you hear one of the variations of the phrase “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”
At the beginning and end of the services and your private prayers
Before venerating an icon, the cross, or the Gospel Book
Upon entering or exiting the Church
When passing in front of the holy Altar Table
When not to cross:
At the chalice before or after taking Communion (to avoid hitting the chalice with your hand)
When the bishop or priest blesses saying, “Peace be with all” (merely bow slightly and receive the blessing)
Attire
In years past, it was customary for people to put on their “Sunday best” to go to Church; in fact, dress clothes were often referred to as “Sunday clothes.” This is not all that common today; in fact, all too often the dress in our Churches has become too casual. In all the areas of our lives, we should offer Christ our best and the same is true of our dress. We should offer Christ our “Sunday best,” not our everyday or common wear. We should dress neatly and modestly, not in a flashy way that would bring attention to ourselves, and not in a provocative way. Our dress in Church should always be becoming to a Christian.
Crossing Legs
According to Orthodox piety it is not proper for people to cross their legs in Church. The crossing of legs suggests either a kind of self-confidence or a laid-back lack of proper mindfulness of context not appropriate to prayer and worship. We ought to be aware that the Church at all times is the house of God, the special sanctuary where Orthodox Christians gather to present themselves before God and to pray and worship. Even when services are not being held, Orthodox Christians are properly reverent in Church and thus speak, move, or sit with conscious respect toward all the icons and what the Church symbolises. God’s presence, of course, is not limited to the Church. But if we truly are aware, as we ought to be, of God’s special presence in Church and that in prayer and worship we encounter God Himself surrounded by the angelic host, the Seraphim and Cherubim, hovering about His throne and covering their faces out of respect for God, then we, too, will seek to be as discerning, humble, and respectful in all our movements in Church whether speaking, moving, or sitting.
Children
We welcome children into our Church. We encourage families to bring their children so that they will be exposed to Orthodox Christianity from a young age and become part of our Church family. Sometimes our little ones may not be able to sit for over an hour during services, may need to be fed or changed, or may become fussy or cry. Parents are requested to use judgment and courtesy during such moments and to remove the child from the Church until the child will not be disruptive or distracting.
Cell Phones
Cell phones and beepers must be silenced before entering the Church and any usage in Church is prohibited.

 

Newsletter July 2014

  Patronal Feast.

What an absolute joy to have some many people to share our Patronal feast with us! The church was filled with families and the blessings of Our Lord and what a surprise to have so many priests to serve the Divine Liturgy for us. After the conclusion of the service we all herded ourselves into the hall to find that Christos had enough food to feed an army. So after the blessing of the food we ate… in earnest. So much food and so many lovely cakes and desserts, the tables were literally groaning. It was a very special time to share with Father C on the day of his retirement and we loved his speech. Father C’s  cheeky smile said it all when he cut his cake. What a blessed community we are to have such dedicated and holy clergy. It was a beautiful sunny day which perfectly mirrored the spirits of all who attended and enjoyed the day together. Thank you to all who attended, contributed and helped to make it a success and congratulations to the raffle winners. Thank you most of all to Christos who works so hard every year to make this event happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leyland festival Saturday 21st June

A group of us met at the Tesco’s in Leyland to join in the much anticipated parade. We were blessed with wonderful sunshine and a friendly group to walk with. We joined the Churches in Leyland group, many of whom are becoming familiar to us now, as a number of them came to our church for the Prayer for Christian Unity Week last month. This was a charity festival so most of the floats were charities along with the usual dance groups and football clubs. All was bright, loud and joyful. Stavros and Nicholas represented by wearing their altar boy vestments and carrying an icon and flag for the duration of the parade. Much credit to them as it was a rather long walk for young boys. Little George got off more lightly by doing it in his pram. As the theme was “The World”, everyone was dressed up in traditional outfits and carrying a flag from a different country from around the world. I didn’t get too much flack for carrying Uruguay’s flag though. At the end of the parade, we all went into the festival at Worden park where the children mostly enjoyed the bouncy castles and dog displays. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and just about everyone in Leyland lined the streets to see the parade and join in the festival. It was a wonderful opportunity to get some exposure for our church in the surrounding community and enjoy a sunny day out!

 

Churches Together in Leyland

Margaret Dixon, Chair writes "I recently went to represent Churches Together in Leyland at a Community Awards event organised by South Ribble Council.  CTL were in the category “Community Impact” and  our nomination was concerning the Food Bank and the Furniture Scheme. Although CTL did not win the award they did receive a certificate and an engraved glass momento.  Thanks to you all for contributing to these causes which have been recognised as worthwhile projects which help people in our town."

Leyland food bank

Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods. They are especially in need of things such as tinned tuna/meat and curry’s at the moment.  A green box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Church gardening day

Many thanks to all who helped out with the gardening day. The weather was kind to us and everything is in tip top shape for the Patronal festival.

Dates for your diary

13+27 July

Sunday School

13 July

Board meeting

 

Daily readings

If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

Prosforon                 

One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies

You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please not on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

                                                      

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in July. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

17 July

St Marina

Margie Andrin

22 July

St Magdalena

Magdalena Briggs

Magdalena Kousoudis

    26 July     

St Paraskevi

Koulla Paraskeva

  

                                    

Let’s Celebrate!

We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Congratulations and well done to Nicholas, who has decided to become an altar boy. Nicholas is 7 years old and has recently moved to Manchester where he is enjoying being at a new school.

  

                             

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. Sunday school will take place on the 13th July and on the 27 July after the Holy Liturgy.

Altar boys

Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday as a free day. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know.

 Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.            



Newsletter June 2014

Message from Father Dionysios

 

After requests from Fr Christodoulos and our communities chairman Gregory, our Archbishop has now conferred on Fr Dionysios the title of Priest in charge and Fr Christodoulos has been given the title Emeritus. This means that the main responsibility for providing the services for our church now rests with Fr Dionysios. Fr Christodoulos will continue to do what he is able to support our community and while he is technically retired he will still remain very active in our community. He will continue to come to our church and serve as a Priest on most Sundays, and continue to provide support for the Community in Dalton.    

 

Please understand that this is a process that Fr Christodoulos, Fr Dionysios and the board of the community have been working towards for over two years now, deliberately trying to keep any disruption to the bare minimum, and Fr Christodoulos and Fr Dionysios look forward to working together for many years to come. 

 

We shall officially mark the occasion of Fr Christodoulos' retirement as Priest in charge at our communities Patronal Feast on Sunday 29th of June. He has provided our community with many years of hard work and I hope that you will take the opportunity to express your love and gratitude to him on that day.

 

 

A Word from our Chairman

The Annual General Meeting of Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust, which is our official charitable body, was held on the 11th May.  Reports from all the Church officials were presented about our activities and finances during the financial year ending 31st March 2014.  Members were able to ask questions about our situation and ongoing work.  It is an important meeting and thanks to all who attended.  However it is always disappointing that more members do not take the time to stay around for it.


There were two vacant board positions but only one nomination.  Where are the people prepared to step forward to guide our work?  This is especially true of the ladies as there is now only one lady board member!  We need different views to be presented within the board so that healthy discussion can take place.  Are you prepared to step forward?


 A Trip down south…

Fr D and Pres Bec whilst on holiday recently visited Bec's brother's school where he works as a chaplain.  The below is taken from the school's weekly newsletter.  

 
   

 


"Visit from Greek Orthodox Priest. 

On Friday 2nd May, Form 2 received a

 Religious Studies presentation from a

very interesting visitor. Father Dionysus, a Greek Orthodox Priest from Leyland, Lancashire, came into College to share with the children the different

aspects of the Greek Orthodox Church

and what differentiates them from

other churches. Father Dionysus was

 accompanied by his wife Presbytera

Rebecca (Mr Aldridge’s sister) for the

lesson, which involved saying a prayer

together as well as looking at various

 items and icons used within church

services. Father Dionysus gave a very

informative talk and answered many thoughtful questions from the pupils. Form 2 enjoyed the experience greatly. We would like to send our thanks to Father Dionysus and Presbytera Rebecca for their time and wonderful insight.”

 

Some quotes
‘Father Dionysus was a very constructive helper and very kind. He was incredibly helpful with our learning and would answer any questions we had to ask. He had a fun jokey side as well as a very religious one. I think Father Dionysus was also very cool and inspired me to learn more about his religion’.

 ‘I thought Father Dionysus was very interesting with his vibrant clothing and cool ring. The ornaments were awesome, especially the challis. My favourite part was the mini religious postcard that I was given at the end of the visit’.

 ‘Father Dionysus was very interesting because he brought in lots of valuable things and his wife Presbytera Rebecca brought in lots of photographs and posters of saints and people that are in the Bible’.

                                                                                                                                       ‘I thought Father Dionysus’ visit was                                                                                                                                                  pretty interesting with all the ornaments                                                                                                                          and his uniform as a priest was                                                                                                                                                          interesting by itself. I enjoyed hearing                                                                                                                                              how the Orthodox Greek Church                                                                                                                                             worked’.

                                                                                                                                       ‘I thought that Father Dionysus’ visit was                                                                                                                                   very good because I learnt a lot from him                                                                                                                                 and Presbytera Rebecca about all of the                                                                                                                          ornaments they showed us. They gave us                                                                                                                                       postcards of saints and I learnt a lot                                                                                                                                                       about orthodox churches’.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer for Christian Unity.

On Thursday 22nd May we participated in the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity as arranged by The Churches Together in Leyland group. On each day of the week a service was held at each of the participating churches in Leyland. A large wooden cross, a symbol of our Christian faith was transported to each church on the day of the service. Thursday was our turn and we were so very blessed to have visitors from other churches in our church. Father C concluded a half hour service with an interesting and thought provoking sermon and drew everyone’s attention to the beautiful cross travelling between churches. We retired to the church hall for refreshments provided by volunteers from our congregation and were overwhelmed by the positive comments from all of those who attended. Many of our visitors had never set foot into a church other than their own (Methodist, Catholic, C of E,) and were pleasantly surprised at how at home they felt in our church. There were comments about the icons, the incense and the fact that we stand so much… all things which they thought were good and put one in the right frame of mind for worship. Thank you to all who attended and helped on the day.

Patronal Feast.

Sunday 29th June is the day of our Patronal Feast, the Commemoration the Holy Apostles to whom this Church is dedicated. We will be having a social time after the Liturgy, with a Barbeque and a celebration of Father Christodoulos’ retirement. Please do your best to come and share the happiness of the day with us. Please see Christos for tickets.    

Leyland festival Saturday 21st June

Volunteers are needed to walk in a parade down Hough Lane with other people from churches in Leyland.  This year the theme is ‘The World’.  Pres Rebecca needs people dressed in national costumes or if you have a costume that someone could wear please do see her.  It would be great to get as many people as possible to represent our church in the Leyland festival. 

Leyland food bank

Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods to help those in need living in Leyland. Food that can be given includes:-tins, cereals, and packets of food, rice, pasta (all within date please), any food except milk, fruit and veg.  A green box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Dates for your diary

8 June +22 June

Sunday School

14 June

Garden Tidy

21 June 2014

Leyland Festival

29 June 2014

BBQ Patronal Festival

Daily readings

If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

 

Prosforon                 

One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies

You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please not on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

                                                      

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in June. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

June 8

Pentecost

St Sophia

Eliza Gaitatzis

Sophia Cox

June 30

Holy Apostles

Apostolos Marvin Koutsoudis

                                                 

Let’s Celebrate!

We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however, have Monday as a free day. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know.

 

                             

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes. Sunday school will take place on the 8th June and on the 22 June after the Holy Liturgy.

Altar boys

Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months’ newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.                                           


 

 

Holy Apostles Patronal Festival

Sunday 29th June 2014

Join us after the Holy Liturgy to celebrate the feast of the Holy Apostles.

Individual tickets £10 for adults

Family tickets £20 (parents with children)

No cost for any child below the age of 15.

See Christos for more information

 



Newsletter May 2014

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

 Xristos Anesti to everyone and a healthy and happy spring to everyone. It is wonderful to have some sunshine and feel that spring has sprung. We hope that everyone had a blessed Holy week and Pascha and that everyone continues to experience the joy of the Resurrection throughout the weeks to come. We wish to thank everyone who made this year’s Holy week and Pascha such a beautiful and blessed event. To those that helped on the cleaning day, the lovely ladies who did such a splendid job with the Epitaphio, those who sang beautifully during all the Holy week services and those who stayed to experience the joy of the services after the Midnight hours. Please know that although the names are too many to mention, your efforts and hard work have not gone unnoticed. 

AGM 11th May
Please consider joining our church committee. Our committee meetings are held in an atmosphere in which church members have the opportunity to develop friendships, rapport and awareness of the necessities of running our church community. It is not as hard as it sounds, and there are only a few meetings per year. We encourage participation in these meetings as a committee member and as a member of the congregation. This is our church and we need to take Christian responsibility for its continued growth. If you feel that the committee is not for you then please think about what time or talents you might dedicate to the church. It is not all about money, although we cannot continue without that either. Many hands make light work!

Patronal Festival
Sunday 29th June is the day of our Patronal Feast, the Commemoration the Holy Apostles to whom this Church is dedicated. We will be having a social time after the Liturgy, with a Barbeque . Please do your best to come and share the happiness of the day with us.   

 Leyland festival Saturday 21st June
Volunteers are needed to walk in a parade down Hough Lane with other people from churches in Leyland.  This year the theme is ‘The World’.  Pres Rebecca needs people dressed in national costumes or if you have a costume that someone could wear please do see her.  It would be great to get as many people as possible to represent our church in the Leyland festival. 

 Leyland food bank
Thank you to all who have contributed, it has been greatly appreciated. Please do continue to give. Please give any non-perishable foods to help those in need living in Leyland. Food that can be given includes:-tins, cereals, and packets of food, rice, pasta (all within date please), any food except milk, fruit and veg.  A grey box is on the table next to the notice board in the church hall.

Dates for your diary

11th May 2014

AGM

18th May 2014

Committee meeting

21st June 2014

Leyland Festival parade

29th June 2014

BBQ Patronal Festival

 Daily readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page. Please search for “Orthodox church of the Holy Apostles-Leyland”

 Prosforon
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father Dionysios if you would like to provide Prosforon.

 Sacramental Wine and Altar supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please not on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

 Church Hall
We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis. We do however have Sunday, Monday and Friday evenings free. If you know of anyone who would like to rent the church hall please let Gregory or a member of the committee know.

 Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in May. Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.

10th May

Simon the Zealot

Simon Pearson

18th May

St Julia

Loulia Ntais

21st May

St Helena

Pam Tickle

 

 

Eleni Evangelos                                                                      

 

 

Elli Dewhurst

 

 

Eleana Cox

 

 

Eleni Cox

 

St Constantine

Konstantinos Ntais

 

 

Constantinos Evangelos

22nd May

St Susan

Josna George

                                                 

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Many congratulations to Andrei and Maria on their recent wedding.  We wish them God's blessings as they begin their new life together. Many years!

Pam Tickle for receiving Maundy Thursday money from the Queen at Blackburn cathedral.  Pam reports that it was a very special day and she really enjoyed meeting the Queen.  Well done!

Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes.
11th May - no Sunday School at it is the church annual meeting straight after the liturgy. However, Pres Rebecca will be putting on a Bible story dvd with treats for the children whilst the meeting is taking place.
25th May - Sunday school as normal

Altar boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

Newsletter inclusions
The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following months newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com



NEWSLETTER   February 2014

February is the month that we celebrate the presentation of Our Lord and Saviour in the Temple. The story of the presentation is told in Luke 2:22-29, where Mary and Joseph take the baby Jesus to the temple forty days after His birth to dedicate Him to God. In our Orthodox church, both baby boys and baby girls are taken to the church on the 40th day after their birth to be introduced to the church. This is done in remembrance of the Theotokos and Joseph taking the infant Jesus to the temple. The day after we also commemorate the Saints Symeon and Anna for their recognition and affirmation of Jesus as Our Lord and Saviour.
This is also the time for preparation for the Lenten fast. So it is with much pleasure and anticipation that we remember our upcoming function. The Greek evening meal will be a fabulous opportunity for us to raise some much needed funds for our church and enjoy a wonderful evening with friends and family. We have had a great response, so it is necessary to confirm the numbers attending collect funds and distribute any unsold tickets. This promises to be a very entertaining night and anyone wanting to make a donation towards the raffle, whether attending or not, please do so.

Message from Father Dionysios
This month we particularly remember St Trypho whose relic we have in our Altar. This is his prayer:
“O Lord, God of gods and King of kings, the holiest of all that is holy, I thank Thee that Thou hast made me worthy to finish the spiritual struggle without faltering. And now I pray Thee, let me not fall into the hands of the invisible demon, lest he drag me down into the pit of destruction. But may Thy holy angel lead me to Thy beauteous habitation and teach me to become an heir of the Kingdom that I so greatly desire. Receive my soul, and hearken to the prayers of all who will bring Thee offerings in memory of me; look Thou upon them from Thy holy habitation, give them abundant and enduring gifts, for ever and ever.
Amen

Daily Readings
If you would like to receive the daily readings, please like our church Facebook page.

Name Days
Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saints day in February.  Anyone who has not given Pres. Becs their name day details please do so.
3 Feb: St Inna – Inna Regan
24 Feb: St Alexis Metropolitan of Moscow – Allan Burke

“Meat fare” -  Sunday 23rd February
Bring a friend or family member to the liturgy on this beautiful “meat fare” Sunday. Please bring a meat donation for our Jacobs Join afterwards in the hall.

Sacramental Wine and Altar Supplies
You may like to make a financial gift to help defray the cost of the sacramental wine that is used for the Holy Communion. The donation may be offered in memory or honour of a loved one and will be included in the monthly newsletter. Please not on the envelope “sacramental wine”.

Sunday School
Sunday school takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Sunday 9 February and Sunday 23 February 2014.  All youths 5-15 are invited to participate in the Religious education programme. Following the receipt of Holy Communion, students are escorted to the classroom for lessons. They are dismissed after the Divine Liturgy concludes.

Altar Boys
Young men aged 7+ and above are encouraged to serve in the altar. They should arrive 10 minutes prior to the service to receive the blessing to serve. All altar boys may serve every Sunday and will attend Sunday school following Holy Communion.

Prosforon
One of the great honours for a family is to bake Prosforon to be used for the Divine Liturgy. Please contact Father D if you would like to provide Prosforon.

Let’s Celebrate!
We would love to include celebrations with the congregation, so please contact us with information about any upcoming weddings, births, baptisms, graduations, baby dedications or any reason to celebrate.

Congratulations to George Xanthoulis for passing his exams in welding after a two week course in Germany.  Congrats and welcome back!



NEWSLETTER - September and October 2013
Congratulations to:

Eleni  Cox on her Baptism.
Andreas and Emma Pratsas on their wedding on the 24th August.
Simon and Elidia Pearson on their wedding on the 11th August.
Andreas Deaconos on his appointment to hairdresser with Toni and Guy. (A prestigious position in the world of hairdressing.)
Many years!

Wedding:
A very joyful event in the life of our church was the first full Orthodox wedding in our church. Huge thanks to Presbytera Mary for learning and teaching the music for the wedding service to the choir members on the day.

Church Sunday School
Sunday School will be on Sunday 22 September and Sunday 27 October.  There will not be any on Sunday 13 October.

Saturday 5th October
Annual Pilgrimage to the Well of St Winefride at Holywell, North Wales. This is a very good occasion, which starts with the Holy Liturgy, followed by a  procession to the Holy Well. Later in the day we complete the spiritual time with the service of Vespers.

Evening Liturgy
Please note the evening liturgy of St James at 19:00  on Wednesday the 23rd of October. Those wishing to receive communion should follow a strict fast from 2pm on that day. This is a very special form of the Liturgy, probably the most ancient that we are able to do in the Orthodox church, an opportunity only available twice a year. There will be no Vespers on the following day, Thursday 24th October.

Sunday 10th November
We hope to have a Parish Lunch at the church after the Holy Liturgy, as we will be starting the Nativity Fast on Friday the 15th.

Theology Course in Walsall
Study sessions will be starting in September  on the second Saturday and details of this are available on our church noticeboard.

As you will have noticed, our Sunday congregation has increased over recent months, which is a cause of great joy to us. However, if you have not been present for the Holy liturgy  for some time, you know, we really miss you and would be delighted to see you soon!!

To save church some money please let Presbytera Rebecca know if  you do not receive this newsletter by email and you would like to do so.  rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk Many thanks!

 

 

Newsletter July - August 2013

NEW LITURGY START TIME FROM JULY 7th  2013 ONWARDS IS:  10:30 am

 Facebook Page
Our church community already has a facebook page "Holy Apostles Leyland", but Nicoletta (Pratsas) and Simon (Pearson) will be developing it, please share ideas and photos with them.

Church cleaning day
Many thanks to those who took part in our recent church cleaning day. The result is that we can now use the yard at the back of the premises for the BBQ next week! It took two owners of cars 2 trips each to take the rubbish and leaves to the recycling tip.

Feast Of the Holy Apostles
Many thanks to Christos for organising the feast for our Patronal Festival at the end of June. Also congratulations and God's rich blessing to him for his new post of Deputy-Head Master which he will start in September.

Church Sunday School
There will be Sunday School on 14th and 28th July.  There will be none in August as it's holiday time.  Sunday school will re-commence on 22 September due to Pres Rebecca being on holiday.

Savings for Church
To save church some money please let Presbytera Rebecca know if  you do not receive this newsletter by email.  It is quicker and easier to use the internet rather than the SnailMail!    rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk Many thanks.

 Needed Work
Due to trespassing by some young people who recently climbed onto the roof, we may well need to erect a higher back fence behind the Church and to renew the side gate.  Without this we may have a persistent problem. This has to be done with care so as not to    affect the Emergency Exit as well. In addition we also need to consider the long term state of the flower bed at the left hand side of the Church, which may mean that we clear it and lay a level of gravel instead. Currently it has been used for concealed and questionable activities by some local people. Please remember this as you are giving money to the Community. This work will need to be paid for!

 May -June 2013

Services
Following Pascha, because of other commitments, there will be no service of Vespers during the month of May. The first service of Vespers will be on Thursday 6th June.

Baptisms
Congratulations on their Baptism to Maria Susko, Mark Susko and Marie Koutsoudis, all during March and April.
We also look forward to baptizing Leo on Saturday 25th May at 2.00pm, George on the 2nd June and Athena on the 23rd June.

The Annual General Meeting
We will be holding the church annual general meeting after the Holy Liturgy on Sunday 26th and may I encourage everyone to attend.  Quite a few of the current board members will be coming to the end of their terms namely:  Ligomel Joseph, Katerina Aliri, Chris Beckett, Antony Laledakis and Anastasia Lionaki. Margaretha Andrin was co-opted onto the committee during the year so her term also ends.  Our secretary Michael Mellow and myself Gregory Baker in my capacity as Treasurer also come to the end of our terms.  My position as Chairman is by appointment from the Archbishop but I have also offered this up for election.
By tradition clergy are members of the board unless they hold remunerated positions within the church, in which case they can attend but not vote.  Apart from this the board has a maximum of the chair, up to nine elected members who serve for three years and up to three other members co-opted by the board during, and only for, any particular year.  Normally the board meets every two months unless there is an urgent matter to consider.
As there are four board members still within term there will be five board vacancies to fill and from the final nine a secretary and treasurer to be elected.  Board members at the end of their term are very welcome to stand again and I also encourage everyone else to consider offering themselves for election.
New people and ideas are always important to keep the work of any committee alive.  We must ensure all viewpoints about the administration and work of our church are considered and suitable decisions made.  This can only be done if sufficient people are prepared to sit on the board.
Your Servant in Christ, Gregory Baker, Chairman

Patronal Festival
Our Patronal Festival will be held on Sunday 30th June with details of the Festal arrangements to follow.

Sunday School
Normally this is held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays. However, there is NO Sunday School on the 26th May.

Time of the Liturgy
It has been suggested that we should bring forward the time of the start of the Holy Liturgy to 10.30am, instead of 11.00am. The Committee would like to hear your opinions regarding this before they make any decision. If we did this, it will leave more of the day available to everyone after the Holy Liturgy. This is particularly helpful to those who are due to start work afterwards and it also shortens the fast which those who are receiving Communion have to keep beforehand. Please speak to any of us about this quite soon.

 

November – December 2012

Installation of the Holy Cross and Church Sign
A couple of Saturdays ago, with great rejoicing, cheers and splendid team effort, our new cross and sign were firmly fixed high up on the front of the Church. A young hero made a solo ascent using the 'cherry picker' we had hired. He drilled the brickwork and masonry, then skilfully screwed the heavy cross and the lengthy sign securely into place!! Phew!! Well Done!!

Jacob's Join, Sunday 11 November
We plan to have a delicious meaty lunch together after the Holy Liturgy. Please be sure to bring some food or drink for us to share- this is known as having a Jacob's Join! On Thursday 15th November, the Church begins the Nativity Fast, as part of our preparation for the Holy Nativity of Christ; from that day until Christmas, we should do our best to avoid dairy products and all meats.
As part of our social time on the Jacob's Join day, there will be a raffle. So, next Sunday or next time you are able to be at Church, please bring a gift for a raffle prize, such as toiletries, wine, a family board game, a bundle of attractive tea-towels, a tin of biscuits, or whatever you choose to bring. The raffle will raise some funds to help pay Church bills.

Mattins/Orthros
We are serving Mattins one Sunday in November and one Sunday in December. Everyone who attended this service in October really appreciated it. Make an effort to be there with us on 25 November and 23 December, listening and praying the prayers of the Church together.

Vespers on Thursdays at 7pm
Numbers attending Vespers have decreased this last few months. It is a beautiful service and a great way to end the day. It lasts around 40 minutes and everyone who desires to is welcome at the choir desk to read some prayers. These prayers sanctify us.

Confession
As Orthodox Christians, we have the Holy Sacrament of Confession. This is for our sanctification. Yes, we say our prayers at the end of each day, asking God for forgiveness, but the Church offers us the sacrament of Confession because we need it. By preparing to make our Confession before our Priest, we have to think about our lives, our attitudes, our sins,then confess our faults and wrongdoings and receive forgiveness and encouragement from our Priest who loves and cares for us deeply. It becomes a healing process like no other! Fr Christodoulos will be happy to hear your Confession- arrange a time with him.

Kitchen rota
The rota is up and running again, so do put your name on the list once every couple of months, in order to serve drinks, provide biscuits or other refreshments and to wash up afterwards and leave the kitchen clean and tidy ready for the next people who use it . See Pres. Mary.

Our Hall
The Church Hall is used on a regular basis now. An after-school club use it every afternoon during term times; a Tai'chi class use it on Wednesday evenings and another local group uses it on Tuesday. This is excellent as we fulfil two useful aims: providing facilities for local groups and bringing in money to help pay the bills.
If you would like to rent the hall for a function, please speak to Christos or Gregory about it.
The Hall is available on Monday and Friday evenings and anytime on Saturday or even on a Sunday afternoon from around 3pm.

Sunday School
Pres. Rebecca teaches the young people after the Holy Liturgy on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Your children will learn more about their faith as they attend these lively classes.

Advance notice
On the weekend of 25-27 January 2013, we have a study weekend here at our Church, organised by Fr Dionysios. More details to follow, but keep the weekend free to join in.

St Winifride's Pilgrimage, Holywell, North Wales
This was a special day as always, with fine dry weather and lots of pilgrims gathered in Holywell at the holy shrine to St Winifride. 12 of us were there from Holy Apostles, which was really great, worshipping together, picnicking together, one or two even taking a dip in the chilly but blessed water. If you missed the day , put it in your diary now for 2013! The 1st Saturday in October. Or make your own Pilgrimage to Holywell and the shrine any day. It's open most days, I believe. Just check on the internet.

For sale- A comfortable office-style chair: £25, or reasonable offer, to be put into Church funds. See Fr Christodoulos

 

Newsletter July - August 2012

 Ordination to Priesthood of Fr Deacon Dionysios : Sunday 29th July
Hot off the Press! Just as we were preparing the newsletter, His Eminence Archbishop  Gregorios contacted us to say that he will be coming to us in Leyland on the 29th July to ordain Fr Dionysios as a Priest, to minister in our Community.  This is excellent news.
Initially we are planning that His Eminence will be staying locally on the Saturday evening, and we are having a celebratory meal together after the Holy Liturgy, in the Church Hall. Please make a note in your diary now, and plan to come and share this very important day with everyone else. More details will follow when plans are more complete!
We will need volunteers to help in the work for the day. Amongst the jobs will be people to ensure that on the Saturday the Hall will be set up for Lunch;  help with the moving of chairs from the church into the Hall after the Liturgy; help with the preparation of the meal and tidying up afterwards. Catering arrangements for Lunch will be announced soon. If you are able to do any of these items please let us know in good time. Everyone and all volunteers welcome!  It will be a great day!

Giving to Church
The Committee has been concerned about the financial needs for the work of the Community. I have spoken about this during the holy Liturgy, and I attach a copy of the message to this Newsletter. Please read it, and see how you can help the work you are involved in.

The Way
Fr Dionysios & Bec have been organising this on Thursday evenings for several months now. It starts with a simple meal, expertly made, which we share together. Then we watch a very good teaching programme from Orthodox teachers in this country followed any questions we may have. We finish the evening with Small Compline. All are welcome, and it is a good help to us, in our faith.

Cross for Church
Members of the Committee have considered a suggestion that we should have an Orthodox Cross mounted high up on the outside front of the Church. This was approved, and we have now bought the appropriate suitable wood. It will be made in the next month or so, and then we will be taking out the scaffold and mounting it. When we do this, we will appreciate help with the actual mounting, in lifting it up to the top of the scaffold and holding it in place whist it is secured. Please free to ask details nearer the time.

May I remind you that the Holy Liturgy starts at 11.00am. To arrive in time is to join your prayers with everyone else in worship. Our worship brings us nearer to Christ, who……. “even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Ephesian 5 v 25

May the Lord Bless and Keep you all!   Fr Christodoulos

 

Sunday 24th June 2012

As your Priest, following the Annual General Meeting which was held recently, I wish to talk to you about the finance of our Community. Amongst the various reports on the activities of our Committee, there was a report on the financial state of our Community.
We have been able to operate as a Community in this church because people have been praying for us and with us. A lot of them have been giving us regular gifts of money to meet the financial needs. Sadly, some of them are no longer continuing with the help they have given to us. People have moved away from this area. Some of them have never actually lived near enough to come, but they have supported us financially because they have loved us and supported us as a part of their service given to Christ.
If you read the report given to us by our treasurer, you could think that there is no particular financial need, and indeed we have been able to pay off more of our debts.
It is a sobering thought that this was only possible because of the generous gifts by people who are basically not part of our Community. They have served Christ, gladly, by their prayers and by their giving. Without their support, we would not have been able to continue.  We need to be able to raise the required money from our own people. The Archdiocese has no money of its own to send to our help, it has to ask the more wealthy churches for help to pay its own expenses, let alone our own needs.
We are a growing Community. We are reaching out to people who have not had a place for their Orthodox Christian spirituality and now they feel at home. They have been glad of the services and they have very often been uplifted by their coming in and seeing the inside of the church with all of the beauty of the new icons. The icons have been given as free gifts to the church by a number of people.  The Community have not paid for them. If we had needed to pay for them, we would have been unable to do so.
However, these are some of the regular costs which we have to meet.
Insurance                     £35 a week
Gas and Electric         £40 a week
Priests                           £44 a week
Maintenance            £100 a week
Postage                           £5 a week
Travel Expenses          £8 per week
Candles                          £3 per week (net)

 £235 a week, before we even start on our mortgage and repayment of loans as well as a number of other general expenses.
So now I come to you to ask you to consider the amount which you currently give, and think about increasing it.
What should our Christian response be?
When we become Christians, our whole life is committed to Him. He is the true LORD of us all, and has complete authority over us.
God's principle of giving includes the entire man. In the Divine Liturgy we hear over and over again... "Let us commit our whole life to Christ..." God does not ask for 10% or 50%, but for our whole life. That includes, talents, time and of course our money. The way we handle our money is a good barometer of our spirituality because the way we handle our money is an indication of our Christian Stewardship of life.
The New Testament teaching about giving stresses two things:
1) Pay your taxes.
In Matthew Chapter 17 we are introduced to the subject of required giving. The system of giving as required in the Old Testament still existed at the time of Christ. The Jews were still under the obligation of Mosaic Law to pay their taxes. In Matthew, we read,
"When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, ‘Does not your teacher pay the tax.' He said, 'Yes.'" (Matthew l7:24) Jesus paid the taxes. This was required giving.
The New Testament makes very little reference to tithing and when it does it is in reference to Israel's paying its taxation to the national government. At no time does the New Testament ever suggest nor even hint that the tithe is demanded from the Christian.
2) Your free Giving
The New Testament is concerned with free will giving. There is no fixed amount. The Gospel of Luke (6:38) tells us that giving is an investment. "Give and it shall be given unto you." What you invest with God you receive in dividends. Giving is an investment with God and the return is an eternal yield. Be sure your priority of investing is with God, because  “St Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” . When take our offering of money and give it to God,  it is a very practical way of direct involvement in the essential life and progress of the Christian Community. We may not be able to do practical work, we may not be able to regularly be in the services, but you can express you commitment in our free and loving gifs to the Community. That is what it means when it says, "Where your treasure is that is where your heart is." (Matthew 6:21) The key is in verse 24 "No one can serve two masters! You cannot invest in God and in the world.
In 2 Corinthians 9, it states that if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly and if you sow bountifully you will also reap bountifully. If you give freely, God will supply your needs, physically and spiritually. We have members in this congregation who have given honestly and freely and God gives them more and more, both physically and spiritually.
Remember the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:21. He came to Jesus and Jesus said “go sell all that you have and give to the poor and then come and follow me”. We hear that and think, does that mean that you have to give all your money away? No, I do not think that is what it is saying. What He was saying is that there is something between you and me, and it is your money.
Money, then, can be like many other things. It can help you towards God, or it can prevent you genuinely meeting Him. If to you the importance of money is more important that the free service which you are committed to in your Christian life, then you will find that there is a real danger that your faith will become secondary, and gradually insignificant. The loss of this is ultimately a disaster. Years ago, long before we had even started anything here in the area, Fr Stephen spoke of giving. Amongst the points which he made, this stood out. “Do not give until it hurts, give, until it stops hurting”! In my own Christian life, this has been good advice.
Let us now look at amounts of money, in order to decide when an amount is normal, or excessive.
The thought of parting with our own money hurts. We think it is important, because we are thinking of our apparent needs and expenses of the society in which we live. To do so, places money as a tool in this world and not as the essential personal possession. We spend money every day. If everyone increased their gift to God by the price of  8 litres of petrol (£11) or 3 cups of coffee in a Costa Coffee Café £7.20, or 2 snacks in MacDonald’s (£12) it would be the beginning of a good help. You buy the petrol automatically, and you have your coffee happily. Do the same for the work of your Community! Give more if you want, feel free!
We need to approach our Christian faith in a manner that our giving at least equals the spending of our pleasures. Christ told us “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Bear this in mind. If Christ had been a pensioner, his Tithe would have been about £15 per week in these days! If He had worked on a basic wage, it would be more like £30! He gave far more than that! How do we compare with His example?
When we take our offering of money and give it to God, it is a very practical way of direct involvement in the essential life and progress of the Christian Community. We may not be able to be practical work, we may not be able to regularly be in the services, but you can express you commitment in our free and loving gifs to the Community.
If you pay income tax, Gift Aid the offering. This adds 25p to each £1 given. It comes back to us from tax paid by the people involved. Do your best to make your gift by means of a bank standing order. If you are away, remember that the work continues and so does your commitment.
Both Gift aiding and standing orders are a great help to us and they do not involve you in more that setting the payments up, a process that takes just a few minutes. Do so, and the work of the Community is strengthened.
So pray and consider your current giving. Remember the love of Christ who has already blessed you in your life, by giving Himself for you, freely, beyond the value of money, which is simply a tool which we use in this life.
Fr Christodoulos

 

DECEMBER  2009  to  JANUARY  2010

Nativity Preparation
We are now approaching the Feast of Nativity, Christmas.  Let us do so with the Christian approach.  For us Christmas is primarily about the celebration of the Incarnation.  God sent His Eternal Son, the second member of the Holy Trinity, to become a human child.  He was to grow up in a human family, with all the joys and trials which are involved, obedient to his mother, Mary.  He was taught by Joseph how to make things in wood as a carpenter.  He was to live a full life in our world not simply as an alien visitor but as one of us.  Without this, we could never have been able to be as close to our Creator as we are.  He would have remained always distant and unknown, a giver of rules, the Creator of all, the great mystery.  Because He lived with us, we could also learn the fact that Love is His way of relating with us.
However, all around us is the modern culture of Christmas.  We are constantly told that we celebrate it by spending our money to excess on gifts for others, exotic food for us, the finest wines and spirits.  We can go out to shows and celebrations.  We can see special shows on the TV.  We can Celebrate!  Exactly what we are supposed to celebrate is obscure.  It may be called “Our festive season” or perhaps “Xmas”.  It may be a good time spent with our immediate family.  The Nativity, and the implications thereof, are rarely mentioned or noted at all.
Let us therefore make the effort to turn our lives around, indeed to ‘Repent’ means to ‘turn around.’  Let us do our best to keep the fast.  To keep the fast is also to rejoice in the Feast!, to centre our thoughts and preparation on the Nativity, rather than ‘Xmas’ will prepare us for a deep encounter with the Incarnate God.
On the evening of Christmas Eve, the 24th December, there will be the service of Vespers at 6.30pm.  This is the best way of freeing us from the culture of “Our festive season”, and lifting our hearts in our Orthodox Faith to see things in their true perspective.  On Christmas Day, at 9.30am, the Liturgy of the Nativity will be held.  Let this be the true start of the genuine festivities for you.

Troparion  of the nativity
“Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,/ has shone to the world as the light of wisdom./ For by it those who worshipped the stars/ were taught by a star to adore Thee,/ the Sun of Righteousness,/ and to know Thee, the Orient from on high./ O Lord, glory to Thee”.

 Kontakion of the nativity
“Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,/ and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One./ Angels with Shepherds glorify Him,/ the wise men journey with the star;/ since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child.”

Giving
As a local Community we are responsible for the finance of the needs of the local church and our thanks go to all of you who are giving regularly to for this.  Sadly, several people who have been making their contribution to our needs have now left the area.  They have needed to go to places as far apart as Glasgow, London and, from the end of November, Malaysia, to pursue their careers.
The Archdiocese may well encourage us, but they are unable to raise the money required for the needs here in Leyland.  The Archdiocese itself survives by gifts from some of the more wealthy parishes in this country.
We need to be personally committed to the support of our Community of the Holy Apostles.  Since we were able to move into the former Methodist Church it has often been a miracle for us to pay our way and, for example to receive wonderful unexpected gifts of beautiful icons and money for a new marble altar.
However we continually need regular money for gas, electricity, water, insurance, maintenance, etc.  As a public building we should be aware of, and meet, the legal requirements of safety regulations – for example regular gas and electricity checks, or £100 for ramps for the disabled to enter the church from the hall (final fitting done free).  Also the hall needing to be freshly painted (labour free, materials at least £300) and the hall floor needing repairing, sanding and varnishing (over £2000).
The voluntary work will continue, but we all need to continue with our financial support, and consider the amount which we give.  We need to be at least as generous as we are with other things in our life.  Examples: the cinema costs £6 to £9 per person, football match at least £24.50 and a child £14.50, visit to McDonalds £6.00+ per person  for a simple snack.  So, if we all went to church and we paid the same amount as we would have done for the two or four of us in McDonalds, how much would we have given?  Unless we are genuinely poor, we can often afford to be more supportive of the needs of the Church.  Please think about this. And, if you pay tax, you can allow the church to reclaim this at no extra cost to yourself by signing the Gift Aid Declaration.
Please may I encourage you to be generous. “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” 2 Cor. 9 v 6 – 7.

Volunteers
The next work will be involving painting again starting in January.  We hope to do the side entrance to the Hall, followed by the toilets.  It is not a huge job, and does not need a high level of skill, just a willing heart.  In the near future we also plan to prepare a large board on which the Dormition icon will painted.  This will require numerous coats of gesso plaster painted on and, between each coat, sanding smooth.  Each coat only takes a short time but then must dry before the next one.  Can you do some of this in your spare time?  If so, please help!  More help means less individual work!  Fr Christodoulos

St Nicholas’ Day - Sunday 6th December
We plan to present each of our young people with a Christian book as a gift on this day as we have done in previous years.  Shhh!  Don’t tell your children - let it be a surprise!
After the Liturgy on that day, we need to have a Dress Rehearsal for the children’s performance the following Sunday.  Please bring all dressing up items and various items your children need for their parts in the short plays.  If you are not sure what your child needs, please speak to Pres. Mary about it as soon as you can.  We have not had a lot of time together to rehearse so the more you can practice and help your children with their lines the better!  We want the children to feel confident so that they can enjoy performing for everyone.

 Sunday of the Forefathers - 13th December
Our young people will perform the short plays they have been practicing on the theme of the Forefathers of Christ and concluding with the Holy Nativity.  The performance will be in the Hall after coffee time.  Bring family and friends along for this special day, a joyful beginning of our Nativity celebrations.

Sunday 20th December
Holy Baptism of young Emily and Vladimir.  Be sure to come early to support the children with your presence and prayers.

Our Pantomime Trip
We look forward to watching ‘Cinderella’ together at the Charter Theatre in the Guildhall, Preston.  Nineteen of us are booked in for the matinee performance at 2.00pm on Wednesday 30th December.  I suggest we all meet in the entrance foyer there around 1.30pm.  The performance lasts about 2 hours, with an interval.  Should be fun!

Departure
As I am writing, Yew Han Baker is about to move to Malaysia to start a new stage in his musical career.  Naturally, we will miss him very much.  He has been very active in the Community from the early days since he first came along with his brother Jonathan, with their parents Gregory and Miriam.  Please remember him in your prayers, and wish him well.

Congratulations
To Alan Mellow who was received into the Orthodox Church under the name Michael on the 8th November.  Many Years!

Events
On Saturday 3rd October, seven of us went on the Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Winifrede in Holywell.  It was a good time appreciated by all of us, giving us a time of prayer as well as happy conversations together.
During the morning of Saturday 31st October we were visited by 40 people from the church of St Anthony & St John the Baptist in London.  They were looking at things in this area, visiting several churches as well as going to the lights in Blackpool.  They were very impressed with the changes in our church, and loved to have conversations with us over a drink and cake afterwards.

OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER 2009

Catechumens.
A catechumen is "a student of Christian dogmas, somebody who desires to become baptized.” Knowing this, when a person has expressed the desire to learn more about the Holy Orthodox faith with the intention of being received into the Church, we make them a Catechumen. This is a short service which is usually done before the Holy Liturgy. Catechumens then attend a course of instruction, held on Thursdays at 6.00pm, to learn about the faith in a structured manner. These lessons are of course open to everyone and if you want to learn more, please come along. When they are ready, we receive them into the Church by either Baptism, if they have not already been baptised, or by Chrismation. Following their reception into the Church, they are the first to receive Communion during the Liturgy. Currently two people are Catechumens and another will shortly be made a catechumen.
Receiving Holy Communion
May I, as your Priest, encourage many of you to receive Holy Communion more frequently than you do. To do so is to receive Christ in a very special and personal way. He actually enters you and you partake of Him. In doing so, you are blessed and strengthened to live your Christian life in the days ahead. You should prepare yourself by the normal Wednesday and Friday fast, saying the prayers of preparation for receiving Communion and fasting from midnight on Saturday. If this seems unreasonable, remember; we prepare for many things that we are due to do, often with great commitment. Weddings, birthdays, interviews for a new job, holidays, etc, all of which we do with real enthusiasm. Let us approach the fullness of our spiritual life in the same manner!
Greek classes 
Christos recommenced these on Sunday 20 Sept during coffee-time, for children. Adults’ class started on Tuesday 22nd September at 6.00pm till 6:45. Can everyone bring their own pad with pen and pencil. There is no cost for the lessons but any students can make an offering to the church for every lesson they attend.
Total beginners are welcome of course! We may change the evening in the future if a more suitable evening is decided on.
Decoration and painting.
As you will have seen, the large Church Hall has now been successfully completely redecorated. A lot of people have expressed their admiration for the results! The corridor between the Hall and the Church has also been vastly improved.  We hope to redecorate the ladies’  toilets as our next job. Knowing that ladies have a far greater understanding of colours and suitable shades, please feel free to make your suggestions to us in the near future! The alternative is the male choice of “Matt Black” for all surfaces…….! The cost will be about £100. Any contributions will be gratefully received.
 As another project, we need to apply gesso to the Deacon Doors which are part of the Iconostasis. They will be removed from there whilst this is done. The work is not greatly time consuming. They need a layer of gesso being applied. This takes about ½ an hour. When dried out, usually about a day later, they are sanded smooth and another layer applied. This whole process is done until a decent thickness is in place, then they are sealed before the icons are painted on them. If you are able to do this work over the period of several weeks it will be a great help to us as a Community.
Pilgimage
Sat. 3rd October is the annual pilgrimage to Holywell in North Wales to remember Holy St Winefride. Holy Liturgy is served in the beautiful Chapel above the Well at 11am. This is followed by a Picnic lunch, Blessing of the Waters, including Veneration of the Saint’s relics and Vespers, to make the day memorable. There is free time to share fellowship together and have a look in the adjoining shop and information centre.
Few of our Parish take this opportunity to share in the Pilgrimage, which is organised by the Chester Community. Making pilgrimages should be an important part of each year for us; setting aside a day to give thanks to God for the Saints who established the Holy Orthodox Church in the British Isles.
Proposed Pantomime Trip
‘Cinderella’ is on at the Guild Hall in Preston. You could look on the website for more details. I’m sure it will be a good family show!
We propose making a Church trip to see it on either Wednesday 30 December at 2pm (school hols) or Saturday 2nd January at 5pm.
Tickets for a group booking work out at £9 each for a child or adult. Tickets sell out very quickly, so please let Pres. Mary know which performance  will be best for you, or that both dates are suitable, as soon as possible , and then I can book the seats. I need to know by Sunday 4th October at the latest, please.
Children’s Sunday School
Lessons have started again and are held all Sundays except the 3rd Sunday of the month.
We hope to present  a short performance on Sunday of the Forefathers, 13th December during Coffee Time. This will only be possible if children are at classes regularly, as the lessons up to that day will all be linked with the presentation! The more the merrier!
Some simple costumes will be needed- more details to follow!