Orthodox Study Weekend 2nd – 4th February 2018

Save the Date!

The Orthodox Study Weekend will be at St. Luke’s Parish in Birmingham

Theme will be based on teachings of Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov)

Full details and booking forms to follow in September!

Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

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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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

Sorrow into Joy – 2017 Conference

14 – 16 July 2017

Sorrow into Joy

CONFERENCE POSTER
Speakers to include


Metropolitan Silouan of

the British Isles & Ireland

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

Mother Sarah

Dr Razvan Porumb

High Leigh Conference Centre

Hoddesdon, Herts  EN11 8SG

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Mosaic Choir Concert for Kids in Africa

On Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm the Mosaic Choir will be holding a fundraising concert for the work of Fr Themi Adamopoulos, missionary in Sierra Leone. The venue is the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God (St. Mary’s), Trinity Road, Wood Green, London N22. 

Father Themi will also speak briefly about his mission and work with Ebola orphans. 

Father Themi will also be visiting Oxford and Birmingham. 

Meet the rocker, who became a missionary in Africa

themi-adamsDuring the time of the Beatles and of the Rolling Stones, he managed to form  his own musical group, The Flies. From the seminar halls of the School of Political Science of the University of Melbourne, he found himself singing next to Mick Jagger, and so realized his dream, but now he is a missionary in Africa.

Father Themis Adamopoulos, chose to help those who really need it. As he says after his studies, “I could feel a vast emptiness within me, I was not with the poor. I did not need to struggle at the time with myself. Inside me a desire flared up to live next to the poor and to do whatever possible to make their life more human. ”

In 1999 I began my work in Kenya  with the blessing of his Beatitude the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Peter, who first ordained me as a deacon, then Priest and then Archimandrite”.  That is where he founded the first Orthodox University College – the Orthodox Teacher’s College of Africa. “I believe education is the greatest weapon for a person on earth. If you wish to help your fellow person, teach him the skill to fish and not give him the fish already prepared. At the college we prepared youngsters to become kindergarten and elementary school teachers. Subsequently, we introduced a branch with Social Studies.”
He tries to provide as much as possible for the children, clothes, shoes,  meals and following on from this he cares for women and mothers. “Woman is the greatest victim in Africa. She is the heart of the family. The husband can have two or three wives and have children with all of them. The woman is the one who would even sell her body for a piece of bread, so that her children do not die of hunger. That is why we opened a School for Sewing, where women learn the art and earn their bread honestly”

Then in 2007, the new Patriarch of Alexandria,  Theodore, who had followed  the work of missionary and humanitarian Themis Adamopoulos in Kenya, ordered him to go to West Africa, to Sierra Leone, where a 12 year civil war  had devastated the whole region leaving behind untold horrors, where death is a part of daily life. He lives there, next to the people and among to the people. “Over there we are building a village for 100 disabled people who were begging in the streets and the police would chase them away”.

Father Themi, carried on his mission right through the worst aspects of the Ebola crisis that had started in March 2014. He tried to help in anyway he could. Now the crisis is thankfully over, but Father Themis continues with his work – now building orphanages for those who tragically lost all the adults in their family from the epidemic.

All this work is financially supported by two major charities in Australia, Paradise Kids 4 Africa and Paradise 4 Kids (Australia). 

Check out the dates of Father Themis Visits on this Blog Post

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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

 

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Download Poster and Programme

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Mosaic Choir brings festive cheer!

On Friday the 16th of December the Mosaic Choir brought the spirit of Christmas to North London with a beautifully executed and uplifting performance of traditional Christmas songs and Carols from Greece, Russia, Romania, Serbia and other places around the world, spreading the joy of Christmas. Voices were wonderfully balanced and blended, often accompanied by folksy recorder pieces masterfully played by Rebecca Vucetic. Story teller, Anna Conomos, gave helpful introductions telling the story of the song and the meaning behind the words.

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The choir performed a full range of music from peaceful hymns to foot tapping Balkan carols, rounded off with a stunning encore of Gaudete, sung with wonderful dynamics from sotto voce to a rousing final chorus. The choir were warmly received with a standing ovation and loud applause – it really added a bit of warmth to a cold winter night.

They were hosted by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and the concert was attended by Bishop Chrysostom of Kyanea and introduced by Priest Kristian Akselburg – who warmly thanked the choir. At the end a charity collection was held – the proceeds to be shared between charities supported by the Fellowship and also the Cathedral’s Christmas almsgiving.

Here is a brief taste of the concert through some amateur videos.

Some beautiful photos were taken by the photographer  Alexios Gennaris and can be seen on our Facebook Page

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