Meet the Optina Elders

We are halfway through our virtual visits to monasteries and this week will be guided through the spirituality and history of Optina monastery in Russia by Dr Anna Rogozhina. Our visit will be on Thursday 20 August at 19:00 BST (7pm, London time). Join us!

If you have not already registered for the series, send your name and email address via the page below and you will be sent the Zoom details for the session. Recordings of previous sessions are also linked from this page: https://forerunner.org.uk/summer-series-2020/.

Skete of the Forerunner, Optina

O Lord, grant me to meet everything that this coming day may bring me with spiritual peace. Grant me to surrender myself gladly to Thy holy will. In every hour of this day, support me in all my undertakings. Teach me to accept whatever news I may receive in the course of the day with peace of soul and with the firm conviction that Thy holy will is in all things. In all my words and actions, direct my thoughts, feelings and senses. In all unforeseen events, grant me not to forget that everything is sent by Thee. Teach me to act frankly and reasonably with everyone I meet, that none may be disturbed or embittered. O Lord, give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day and all that may happen in the course of the day. Guide my will, and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive and to love. Amen

Morning prayer of the Optina Elders

Countdown to monastic visits!

Just under one week to go until the Fellowship’s series of virtual visits to monasteries in six different countries!

Our full schedule is now confirmed, happening each Thursday at 19:00 BST (London time):

  • 30 July: Holy Dormition St Nicholas St Basil, Ukraine
  • 6 August: Annunciation, Ormylia, Greece
  • 13 August: Putna, Romania
  • 20 August: Optina, Russia
  • 27 August: Transfiguration, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 3 September: Kaftoun and Hamatoura, Lebanon

Sign up for the Zoom details on our dedicated page: https://forerunner.org.uk/summer-series-2020/

Come and see!

Study Weekend at Saint Demetrios London

 

Sign up for our Study Weekend on the Epistles of Saint John

Speakers to include,

His Eminence Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia,

Father Chrysostomos Tympas

Father Kristian Akselburg

Dr. Krastu Banev

£50 to cover meals and expenses. Day rates also available.

Fill in our online form (CLICK HERE)

Or download our paper copy and send it to us.

All enquiries to stdemetriosGB@gmail.com

The programme is being finalised. His Eminence will speak on the Friday.

All other speakers on the Saturday. The day will include talks, workshops, and evening entertainment.

Payment can be made on Saint Demetrios website http://www.saintdemetrios.org.uk 
(Also, by cheque and in person)

Christmas concert, 7 December 2018

Mosaic Choir will be performing in the central London Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden on Friday 7 December.

If you haven’t been before, what can you expect? Well, carols in many different languages, representing musically diverse styles of singing. Three part Georgian pieces, Byzantine style carols with melody and ison (drone), harmonised carols from countries across the world – and even a few old favourites from the UK!

Why not come along and hear what the choir has to offer? Free entry with retiring collection for good causes, a celebration of wonderful music and a great preparation for the festal season!

Contact issues!

Apologies…

It has just come to our attention that some online orders for the 2018-19 Directory (coming out in September) made through our form have disappeared in the electronic ether!

If you contacted us and haven’t heard back please email:

ofsjb.web@gmail.com

All requests for Conference have gone through and you will have received confirmation.

Summer Conference 2018

Conference Poster

Youth Festival 4 – 7 May 2018

“Cast the Net” (John 21:6)

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Join us again for another year of amazing festivities, fellowship, prayer, and talks. We have an international selection of speakers from many different backgrounds visiting us throughout the weekend including our beloved Metropolitan Kallistos, clergy from Orthodox parishes all over the UK and abroad, youth workers, old friends, and Anna Wedlock a multi award winning storyteller. All here to help us explore this year’s theme and to answer our many burning questions.

This year will also see the return of our ever popular ‘hot potato’ sessions, along with walks in the surrounding countryside, singing, games, bonfires, and much more. We hope to welcome participants from the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Make sure to visit our website to familiarise yourself with what to expect and how to prepare. Apply now, as places are limited.

http://www.orthodoxyouth.co.uk/youth-festival-2018.html

Contact us with any questions at: ofsjbyouthuk@gmail.com

Statement on the Palm Sunday violence in Egypt

The Fellowship Chairman, Bede Gerrard, wrote to the His Grace, Bishop Angaelos
We convey our thoughts and prayers from the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist to Bishop Angaelos on the violence carried out yesterday in Tanta and Alexandria against the Coptic Orthodox Church as they celebrated the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.
We were all moved by his testimony and thoughtful address at our last years conference and were moved by his fortitude and his firmness in the faith which he ensured us was the prerequisite for effective living with the diversity of our modern world.
The Coptic Orthodox Church has suffered and given steadfast witness to the truth of our faith throughout its existence.  We pray and will continue to pray for our fellow Christians in Egypt and throughout the Middle East as they bear witness under such difficult and life threatening circumstances.
May the victims and their families find peace in the faith and may their memory be eternal.   God grant them a place of refreshment light and peace; where all sorrow and pain and suffering are gone away.
With greetings to you all from the Fellowship.  May we pass through the events of this Great and Holy Week and come then to the Joys of the Resurrection.
God bless,
Bede (Gerrard), Chair of OFSJB

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Bishop Angaelos and Metropolitan Kallistos at the OFSJB Summer Conference 2016

Pilgrimage to Saint Etheldreda

Join us for a Pilgrimage on the 4th March 2017

Learning about life and legacy of St Etheldreda of Ely

etheldredaposterProgramme:

10:00 am Arrival and registration (Powcher’s Hall)

10.30 am Welcome Reception / drinks in Powcher’s Hall, followed by the short presentation of this Series of Pilgrimages to the places of Holy Women of the British Isles and Women’s Ministries Initiative events so far

10:45 am Talk on St.Etheldreda

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch break (lunch can be purchased at the local cafeteria)

1:10 pm Lunchtime Concert in the Lady Chapel

2:00 pm Cathedral tour

3pm Prayer Service and final remarks on the day ( Chapel tbc)

4:00 pm Departures

Additional programme for those who wish to stay longer and take part in the events of the Cathedral

5:30 pm Evensong Evening concert (tbc)

Venue: Tea/coffee and lunch options are available from the canteen of MDI

To register for the event please contact WMI

Elenarinskaya@yahoo.co.uk

Clare Hall, Herschel Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9AL, UK

The cost of the study day without lunch is £15

 

Download Registration Form

Download Poster and Programme

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