29/4/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 29/4/18

WEBSITE

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

This newsletter is published weekly on the website as well as on our Facebook page. Search for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’ (please view and ‘like’ us).

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.

THIS SATURDAY, 28th APRIL: SPRING BAZAAR/SALE

CHURCH OPEN Noon-4.00 p.m.

PLEASE BRING FOOD TO SELL!
PLEASE COME TO HELP.

Followed by Vespers at 4.00 p.m.

SEE NOTE BELOW

CALENDAR FOR APRIL – MAY

Saturday, April 28th

12.00 – 4.00 Spring bazaar/sale

4.00 p.m. Vespers

5.00 p.m. Choir Practice

NB special events

Note revised time for VESPERS

Sunday, April 29th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 3. Fourth Sunday of Pascha. Healing of the Paralysed Man.

Wednesday, May 2nd.

Feast of Mid-Pentecost

Sunday, May 6th

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Fifth Sunday of Pascha. The Samaritan Woman.

Wednesday, May 9th.

Leave-taking of the Feast of Mid-Pentecost

Sunday, May 13th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

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

BAZAAR THIS SATURDAY!

Our annual spring bazaar is this coming Saturday the 28th from 11 am until 4 pm, which will then be followed by Vespers at 4 pm. If you are making/baking savoury and sweet food then please arrive in the morning so that we can lay things out beforehand. Otherwise, the following items are ACCEPTABLE to sell at the bazaar:

1 – Books

2 – Handmade crafts

3 – Items of clothing, provided that they have NOT been used. No second hand items please, for hygiene purposes.

4 – Homemade condiments (such as jam and honey)

5 – Icons or other second hand religious items (such as books, rosaries etc.)

If you wish to donate items not on the list then please email vice-president@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk beforehand.

Food

The past couple of bazaars were short of savoury food. We know that making food and delivering it to the church needs planning and time but this is what sells the most and we would appreciate all the donations possible. It would be good to have more savoury items this year so please bear that in mind. Of course, if sweet is all you can do then please do, as we will need that as well!

Important notice

Both annual bazaars (Spring and Christmas) are important days in the year for us since not only does it bring in a significant donation to the church but it also opens our doors for people to come in and have a look around. This also means socialising and showing people around. Having only two people in church is sufficient for serving food etc. but we need a number of people to also join us throughout the day so that our church can appear fruitful and for us to have a chance to look around our beautiful church as well! Please make an effort to donate and/or attend as this will benefit us greatly.

SUNDAYS AFTER PASCHA AND THE EAST OF MID-PENTECOST

Each of the Sundays after Pascha is its own feast. Half way to Pentecost comes a feast all its own: The Feast of Mid-Pentecost, which this year falls on Wednesday of the coming week.

Prayer ‘Behind the Ambo’ for Wednesday of Mid-Pentecost:

Master, Lord Jesus Christ our God, you were well-pleased to condescend to become flesh of the holy Virgin, to lie speechless in a manger, and to be baptized by John, although you had no need for purification. About the day of mid-Pentecost you went up to the Temple and taught the crowds, who said in amazement, “How did this man get his education when he had no teacher?” They did not know that you are the Wisdom of the Father, and the Creator of all things. Lover of mankind, on this day make us sinners and your unworthy servants worthy to worship and to glorify you, and in joy to partake of your pure Body and precious Blood. Count them blameless and free of condemnation and worthy to be presented to you at the glorious Second Coming. Give strength and peace to our Rulers. Preserve our Bishop on his honoured throne. Rescue our brethren in the faith who are in captivity. Comfort those who are afflicted or persecuted or under trial. Give rest to our departed Christian brothers and sisters. Keep the people here present in peace and oneness of mind, and deliver them from the slavery and dominion of seen and unseen enemies. For you are the King of peace and the Saviour of our souls, and to you we give glory, together with your Father, who is without beginning, and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.

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)

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.

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 ?

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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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