Summer Series – it’s back!

Following successful virtual visits last summer and winter, the Fellowship is delighted to announce:

Summer Series: Through the Prayers of Our Holy Fathers and Mothers

Come and listen to talks about these wonderful saints and witnesses who can teach us so much in living the faith in the modern world. Come and see!

Taking place every Monday, 19 July-23 August, 19:00-20:30 BST (London, UK) on Zoom.

  • 19 July: Dr Razvan Porumb, speaking on Fr Nicolae Steinhardt – recording
  • 26 July: Sister Magdalen, speaking on St Silouan and St Sophrony – THIS SESSION IS NOT BEING RECORDED
  • 2 August: Subdeacon Ian Randall, speaking on St Maria of Paris
  • 9 August: Dr Elena Sadovnikova, speaking on Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
  • 16 August: Dr Alexei Tsvelik, speaking on Fr Alexander Men
  • 23 August: Dr Evi Voulgaraki-Pissina: Elder Porphyrios and Eldress Gavrilia

Sign up here whether you want to attend one or all of the series. See you there!

You can download the poster below to further advertise with your parish and community. Right mouse click on the jpeg image and ‘save image as’ or download the pdf file.

Youth Festival applications open!

Not only is the Youth Festival now accepting applications on its website, but there is no age restriction because it will be online! And it will be free to attend (with donations welcome).

Join us in fellowship and learning on the topic of Faith, not Superstition: Seeking Orthodox Christian Spirituality

There will be talks by fantastic speakers and time to spend together in prayer and enjoyment. More information to follow!

28-31 May 2021, on Zoom

New YouTube channel!

The Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist now has a YouTube channel! Subscribe, share with your friends and watch our videos as a way to learn more about the Orthodox faith, but also feel free to watch videos again! As we move into the Great Fast, we hope making these videos even more accessible will provide spiritual nourishment.

Our own videos have been uploaded from recent events including

  • 2021 Study Weekend on the Psalms, hosted by the Romanian Orthodox Parish of St John the Evangelist in Cambridge
  • 2020-21 Winter Series of Virtual Visits to Saints and Holy Places
  • 2020 Summer Series of Virtual Visits to Monasteries around the World

These videos have also been put together as playlists for your convenience so the videos are brought together thematically as well as being able to watch them individually. We have also been able to create a other playlists thanks to the historic material still available elsewhere on YouTube with our friends.

  • 2015 Study Weekend on the Mother of God in the Bible, hosted by the Romanian Orthodox Parish of St John the Baptist and St Alban the Protomartyr in Luton
  • A collection of other videos from the Youth Festival and Women’s Ministries Initiative

More videos will be added when we can: subscribe, watch, like, comment, share, encourage people to join the Fellowship!

More opportunities to learn about the faith…

The Women’s Ministries Initiative has teamed up with the Centre for Applied Theology to run a monthly series of events January-June 2021 on Living Christianity Today – Loving Christianity Today. These sessions will be on Zoom and a link is on the WMI events page.

This year’s OFSJB Study Weekend has been moved online, so more of you can attend! It will be hosted by the Parish of St John the Theologian in Cambridge. This is a wonderful opportunity to dive into the Psalms in depth and find out why they are so important. There will be prayers and a chance to meet the Orthodox communities in Cambridge, as well as the talks set out below. An Eventbrite link will be available very soon to register – keep a look out!

  • Friday 26 February: Fr Ian Graham, Introduction to the Book of Psalms
  • Saturday 27 February: Fr Raphael Armour, The Psalms in liturgical life
  • Saturday 27 February: Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff, ‘The Lord has sent deliverance to His people’: reading Christ’s work through the Psalms
  • Saturday 27 February: Fr Maximos Constas, Praying the Psalms in monastic life, and the commentaries of Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra

A Facebook Event has been created and an Eventbrite link will be available very soon to register – keep a look out!

Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity?

Psalm 132:1

Have you received an OFSJB calendar for 2021?

We have sent out copies of the 2021 Calendar and Lectionary to everyone on the repeat order list. Unfortunately we have discovered that some copies have a printing error with some pages appearing blank.

It would be really helpful if you could check your calendar and notify us if it has been affected. Also let us know if you would like it replaced. Please email us at OFSJBCalendar@gmail.com.

The Calendar and Lectionary uses the Revised Julian (New Style) Calendar, and sets out feasts, saints, readings, fasting rules and the music tone of the week. It’s useful in your Church building, but also in your home. If you would be interested in purchasing a copy, use our contact form on our dedicated web page or email OFSJBCalendar@gmail.com.

Our winter series is coming…

Just two weeks until our winter series of Virtual Visits to Saints and Holy Places: don’t forget to sign up for Zoom details!

In our sessions, we will be meeting:

  • The saint with 17 Orthodox Churches and communities dedicated to him in the British Isles
  • The saint whose shoes keep wearing out
  • The saint who crossed many time zones and the international date line to be a missionary
  • The place of Christ’s birth
  • The humble village in the UK dedicated to the Mother of God
  • The saint who literally shone with the Holy Spirit

Please join us!

New series of virtual visits!

The Fellowship is delighted to announce that we will be holding another series of Virtual Visits this winter, this time to Saints and Holy Places. We hope that the current restrictions will feel a bit lighter when you can attend these talks, find out about inspiring saints and places of pilgrimage, and ask questions of our great speakers!

  • 30 November: St Nicholas and Bari, Italy – Fr Stephen Platt
  • 7 December: St Spyridon and Corfu, Greece – Fr Themistoklis Mourtzanos
  • 14 December: St Herman of Alaska and Spruce Island, USA – Dr S. A. Mousalimas
  • 21 December: the Nativity of Christ and Bethlehem, Holy Land – Dan Koski
  • 28 December: the Mother of God and Walsingham, UK – Mother Melangell
  • 4 January: St Seraphim of Sarov and Diveyevo, Russia – Alevtina Tanu

As before, we ask you to register for details of the events using our dedicated page. See you there!

The monasteries we visited

Thank you! To everyone who attended our summer series of virtual visits to monasteries; to our wonderful speakers who shared their experiences so freely; to those who generously donated; and to those who have watched the recordings of the sessions they could not attend (available here). With a top-up donation from the Fellowship, each monastery we featured will receive £425 towards their life and work.

And thank you to everyone who completed our feedback questionnaire. There was a clear wish to have some more sessions that people could join. We are currently working on the precise programme, but here is advance notice that we will be holding a winter series of virtual visits to saints and holy places. Look out for more details and registration on the website!

As we face changing restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic, please remember we have some resources collected together for you. If have something you would like us to add to the list, let us know in the comments!

Lebanon and the monastic revival

In our final virtual visit, this week we will be considering the monastic revival in Lebanon in two locations, Kaftoun and Hamatoura. Our guide will be Amal Morcos who wrote her Master’s Thesis on the revival of monasticism in the Church of Antioch.

Thursday 3 September, 19:00 BST (7pm UK time).*

Register for Zoom details (if you have not done so already) on our dedicated web page, which also has links to the recordings of previous sessions.

Come and See!

* Time zones: For those joining from the US: 2pm EDT; 1pm CDT; 12pm MDT; 11am PDT. Check out the time zone converter if you need it.

Monasticism in the New World!

In this week’s virtual visit, we will be guided around Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA. And even though it will be geographically placed in the New World, there are links back to Europe. Well-known in the US, the monastery deserves to be better known in the UK! Mother Seraphima, choir director at the monastery, will be our guide.

Come and join us on Thursday 27 August, 19:00 BST (7pm UK time)!*

Register for Zoom details (if you have not done so already) on our dedicated web page, which also has links to the recordings of previous sessions.

* Time zones: For those joining from the US: 2pm EDT; 1pm CDT; 12pm MDT; 11am PDT. Check out the time zone converter if you need it.

Autumn colours at Transfiguration Monastery