13/5/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 13/5/18

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http://www.bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk/

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DID YOU KNOW that the parish also has a YouTube channel? Search on YouTube for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’. You will find sermons and service clips from our church.

IT’S GETTING NEAR DATA DEADLINE DAY (26th May)! We still haven’t heard from lots of you! PLEASE send/hand in your Data Consent form NOW!

REMINDER: DATA PRIVACY UPDATE

Thank you, first, to all who have responded.

Each of you that subscribes to this Newsletter will have received an explanatory email re our data update, plus a form by email to fill in and return.

1) PLEASE FILL IT IN QUICKLY, or you may be deleted.

2) If you want it sent in Word format, please email me (info@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk). If you can’t find it, email this address NOW and ask for me to re-send it.

3) If you have a partner or other family member who attends our church, they should also fill in a form. Young people 13 – 18: I intend to give them a form when I see them in church. I or you can then help them as required.

4) If you would prefer to fill in a hard (printed) copy I shall have some in church on Sundays.

CALENDAR FOR MAY

Sunday, May 13th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 5. Sixth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Man Born Blind.

Wednesday, May 16th.

Fish, wine and oil)

6.30 p.m. Vespers

Leave-taking of Pascha

Forefeast of the Ascension

Eve of the Ascension

Thursday, May 17th.

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

Вознесение Господа Бога и Спаса нашего Иисуса Христa.

Înălţarea Domnului.

Sunday, May 20th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 6. Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

Afterfeast of the Ascension.

Monday, May 21st.

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and his mother Helen.

Afterfeast of the Ascension.

Friday, May 25th.

(Wine and oil)

Leavetaking of the Ascension.

Third Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist

Saturday, May 26th

6.30 p.m. Vespers (of Pentecost)

Saturday of Souls

Eve of Pentecost

Sunday, May 27th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

12.00 noon (Kneeling) Vespers for the Day of the Holy Spirit

PENTECOST. Trinity Sunday. Пятидесятница. День Святой Троицы.

Pogorârea Duhului Sfânt

FAST-FREE WEEK

Sunday, June 3rd.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 8. First Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints. Commemoration of the Fathers of the Second Ecumenical Council

Monday, June 4th.

The Fast of the Apostles begins today (till 30th)

Saturday, June 9th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

St Colum Cille (Columba), abbot of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland.

St Cyril of Alexandria.

Sunday, June 10th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 1. Second Sunday after Pentecost. All Saints of the British Isles. All Saints of Russia. All Saints of Romania. All Saints of Palestine.

Monday, June 11th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

Holy Apostles Barnabas and Bartholomew

REGULAR REMINDERS:

HELPING YOUR PARISH

1) This year we have successfully bid for funding to cover most of the cost of upgrading the stonework of the porch, and been nominated to receive charity donations from Clifton Village Co-op. If you live within 15 miles of Clifton Co-op and have a blue Co-op membership card, you can vote for more of their charity donation to come our way whenever you visit Clifton Co-op.

2) Use https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ for your online shopping – Amazon, John Lewis and hundreds of others. You just access your usual site via the easyfundraising link, selecting our church as your chosen charity, and they give a percentage of your purchase money to the church. It’s easy once you have done it once. And it all adds up.

LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH

1. Children’s Catechism Class

If you are registering your child/children for the first time, please e-mail Christina (vice-president@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk) their names and their ages or inform her about them on a Sunday.

2. Adults

Henry (Cuthbert) McGrath is running a group for teenagers and adults, teaching about aspects of our Church and its faith. If you would like to join in with this just ask him in church on a Sunday or email him (henrymcgrath67@gmail.com). NB new email address.

N.B. This group is open to anyone from 12 years upwards.

FOOD BANK

Lent is a time to remember that we cannot live by bread alone. Sadly, there are some who have not even got bread. After a cold spell, the food bank’s reserves will need to be topped up. If you can spare anything, please do make a donation. The food bank can also accept toiletries, such as toothpaste and sanitary towels.

Please continue to give suitable dry and tinned goods. The number of people having to rely on Food Banks is rising.

If anyone in our own community is is real need, Fr Kyril and Robert can both sign the vouchers needed to receive a food parcel. They can be approached in the strictest confidence.

SALE OF JAM etc.

Kate Hearn has always got a selection of home-produced jams, chutneys, etc. – even honey sometimes – for sale after the services.

ICONS FOR SALE

Do keep an eye on the icons that Raluca mounts and puts on sale in church. Perhaps you have room for one in your home? Have you seen her Facebook page (Raluca Ortodox Icons) yet ?

PLEASE NOTIFY US AT ONCE OF A CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS OR POSTAL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER

The Eastern Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, University Rd, Bristol BS8 1SP, registered Charity No. 290747, is a member Parish of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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