PARISH NEWS for week beginning 22/4/18



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Visit of Relics of St Luke of Crimea 27/4/2018

Please see details below the calendar

There is an opportunity to receive this Pascha’s Holy Light from the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem this Sunday 22/1/2018 at the Greek Orthodox Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Easton. The Holy Light has been obtained by the parish priest, Fr George. We have not been given a time but assume it to be after the end of the Divine Liturgy which begins at 10:30.


Sunday, April 22nd.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 2. Third Sunday of Pascha. The Holy Myrrhbearers.

Monday, April 23rd.


Holy Great Martyr George, Patron of England

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.


On Friday 27th April, the Greek Orthodox Parish of SS Peter & Paul, Lower Ashley Road, Easton, BS5 0YL will welcome the holy relics of St Luke of Crimea the doctor, normally kept at the Monastery of the Transfiguration of Christ Sagmata in Thebes, Greece. A service of Annointing (Unction) in honour of the saint will be held at 6:30pm. The relics will be accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Argolis. Refreshments will be served in the Church Hall.


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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.


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.


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.


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


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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