We are delighted that Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe will lead the Fellowship’s next study weekend, organised and hosted by the Orthodox Parish of St Dunstan in Poole. Bishop Irenei has spoken at Fellowship events when he was previously in the UK, and we are very grateful that he has agreed to come and speak again.
Truth in the Face of Heresy: Spiritual Life in the Witness of St Irenaeus of Lyons
21-23 February 2020, with services at St Dunstan’s as well as the talks.
If you would like to come along and find out more about this wonderful saint of the Western Church, please complete the attached application form. £50 per participant, but please contact us if you will need some financial help to attend. Accommodation should be booked by participants separately, but Poole has many hotels and guesthouses to choose from.
Come and see!
2020 Study Weekend Application
There are still places available at our 40th anniversary conference, 19-21 July at The Hayes conference centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire:
40 things you didn’t know about Orthodoxy
Come along and hear our fantastic speakers on the founding and first 40 years of the Fellowship; the next 40 years for Orthodoxy in this country; 40 days with the Bible; living under the patronage of St John the Baptist; and finding God in the wilderness.
Places are still available, but contact us soon – link to the application form below.
OFSJB 2019 summer conference application form
£210 for non-member, £200 for members, £180 for unwaged or students. Let us know if a bursary would help you attend if you cannot afford the full amount.
Hope to see you there!
Yes, this is the theme of our summer conference. It is the 40th anniversary of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist, so we thought it would be fun to focus on things people might not know, as well as to celebrate our 40th anniversary, think about the patronage of St John the Forerunner and look ahead to the next 40 years. We will learn and worship together, and there will be time for fellowship with other attendees, too.
19-21 July 2019, The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
Why not come along? It is £210 for non-members, £200 for members, and £180 for unwaged/students. If those rates will cause you financial difficulties, do get in touch, as we offer bursaries towards the cost. Day rate for Saturday is £50.
Hope you can make it!
OFSJB 2019 summer conference application form
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!
Worshipping together in the Church of St Demetrios
Students from the Greek School perform
The eminent panel at the study weekend
Here is the Draft Programme for the Study Weekend at Saint Demetrios, Edmonton, London
Online application at saintdemetrios.org.uk
Places still available:
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.
Or download our paper copy and send it to us.
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.
(Also, by cheque and in person)
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!