Online series on monasteries

Since we have not been able to hold our usual summer conference, the Fellowship committee have planned a six week series of presentations about different monasteries around the world. We are so excited to share the history, spiritual life and the work of these wonderful, holy places!

These will be held on Thursday evenings at 19:00 BST (London time), 30 July-3 September on Zoom, and if you can’t make the date for any reason, we hope to eventually make recordings available on the website.

If you would like to attend these sessions, please register on our dedicated page. Come and see!

And don’t forget that we also have a page with other resources, including spiritual talks and live streamed services.

Fellowship news: resources for you

Fellowship activities have been affected like everyone else in this time of uncertainty. We have compiled a list of resources for your use: live streamed services, talks and sermons, other information and even events. Please take a look and we hope this will be helpful. It is not an exhaustive list so you can make suggestions for additions by emailing us.

We have limited stock remaining of our 2020 Calendar and Lectionary, now reduced to £4 per copy including postage. While you are at home, this might be a useful resource to keep up with daily readings, if you do not have other means. You can ask for a copy via the contact form on our calendar page.

We are also thinking about future Fellowship events. There will be no summer conference this year, and how we hold events over the next months and years may need to be different. For example, our popular annual Youth Festival was due to be the usual residential event at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex, the place where St Cedd built a monastery. The youth committee was able to change the format to an online conference, with more people able to participate than ever: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Australia, USA, Georgia, Romania, Russia and more. It may be that the Festival and other events continue to incorporate an online element, even when we can meet in person again.

God bless you and keep you in these testing times.

God permits tribulations and adversities to befall people – even the saintly – so that they may persist in humility. But if we harden our hearts against adversities and tribulations, he also hardens these tribulations against us. On the other hand, if we accept them in humility and with a contrite heart, God will mingle tribulation with mercy.

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Fresco of St John the Baptist, Optina Monastery, Russia

Events in 2019

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The Fellowship events in 2019 have begun with an excellent study weekend 1-3 February hosted by the welcoming Parish of St Demetrios in Edmonton, North London. [The photographs in this post are all from that event and we appreciate the parish allowing us to use them.] The study weekend was on the theme of “Truth, Love and Fellowship in the Epistles of Saint John“. We heard from Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, who introduced the epistles to us.  The main themes were taken up by different speakers: Dr Krastu Banev focussed on Fellowship; Fr Chrysostomos Tympas spoke about Truth; and Fr Kristian Akselberg spoke on Love. But our discussions were far wider and included baptism, the influence of the saints in our lives, prayer for others, how we should treat other Christians and non-Christians, art, how to love, and a whole host of other issues. It was a great start to our year! We thank Fr John Hookway and all the Parish for generously hosting the weekend.

And this was only the start! The Youth branch will be having their annual festival 24-27 May for 18-35 year olds on “Discovering Orthodoxy through our Saints“, held at the Othona community in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex.

We would love for you to join us at our summer conference, 19-21 July at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire, where we will be discussing the intriguing topic of “40 things you didn’t know about Orthodoxy“. It is a special event, our 40th anniversary conference, so please come and help us celebrate, join in spiritual fellowship, and learn some new things about the faith! OFSJB 2019 summer conference application form

In September, we hope to have a meal in Oxford close to the feast of the Conception of St John the Baptist, at which all will be welcome. More details to come!

Don’t forget, the Women’s Ministries Initiative hold their own events such as study days, and the Mosaic Choir will be performing in various places at various times.  If you know of other events that we should include on our calendar, please let us know.

Come and see!

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

Orthodox Youth Festival

The Youth Festival is an annual event for young adults (18-35) from around the world. Speakers and attending clergy this year include: Metropolitan Silouan of the British Isles and Ireland, Archimandrite Philip Hall, Sister Vassa, Fr Alexander Tefft, Carsten, and others. Talks and discussions will be on the theme of dealing with passions and temptations in our daily lives.

Location: St Mark’s College, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JD, UK
Dates: Friday 26th May – Monday 29th May 2017

More details and booking on the Fellowship Youth Website
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OFSJB Youth Festival 2016:  “Finding our Way in Christ”

Youth Festival Group of 2014 - Credit: Joachim Vesely

Location: Dovedale House, Ilam, Staffordshire, DE6 2AZ, UK
Dates: Thursday 26th May – Monday 30th May 2016
Contact: ofsjbyouthuk@gmail.com
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Applications now open – click here to apply!
The OFSJB Youth Festival is an annual event organised by the Orthodox Youth Fellowship for young people (aged 18-35-ish) from various Orthodox jurisdictions in the UK, but open to visitors from around the world. It aims to provide greater insight into aspects of the Church and our life in Christ through talks and discussions, an experience of unity and prayer as well as creating a relaxed and fun environment within a homely hostel and its surrounding hills and rivers. This year’s theme is vocations and spiritual guidance and so we will have talks and other activities aimed at helping us all find our way in Christ.​

The Festival program will include discussion groups, prayers and services, a Liturgy on the Sunday, workshops, games, music and other entertainment, walks and sharing of information on various Orthodox events and organisations in the UK and abroad. One evening will feature a ‘Hot Potato Session’, which is a chance to ask more difficult questions anonymously in a confidential and friendly environment to be answered by the clergy and speakers in attendance.

Full details, further information, contact and inquiries can be made on our youth pages www.orthodoxyouth.co.uk