PARISH NEWS for week beginning 24/6/18

This newsletter is also published weekly on our Facebook page. 

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.


Parish Day of learning and reflection, Sunday 22nd July – see below!CALENDAR FOR JUNE – JULY

Saturday, June 23rd.

6.30 p.m. Vespers

Eve of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Sunday, June 24th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 3. Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Nativity of St John the Baptist

Friday, June 29th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

(End of the fast)

(no service)

Holy Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul

Sunday, July 1st.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Wonder-working Unmercenary Physicians Ss Cosmas and Damian (3rd c)

Sunday, July 8th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 5. Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Great Martyr Procopius in Palestine (303)

Sunday, July 15th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 6. Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

Holy Great Prince Vladimir (1015)

St Swithun, Bishop and Wonderworker (862)

Sunday, July 22nd.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 7. Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Some of the Saints’ Days this week:
Sunday: St John the Baptist
Monday: St Prosper of Aquitaine (4th c)
Tuesday: St David of Thessaloniki (c540); St John, Bishop of the Goths in the Crimea (8th c)
Wednesday: St Joanna the Myrrhbearer (1st c)
Thursday: SS Sergei and German of Valaam (c1353)
Friday: SS Peter and Paul
Saturday: The Twelve Apostles


 Fr John Behr will lead us all in a time of reflection and learning on Sunday 22nd July with the theme “Standing by the Cross, Putting on Christ”.  All are welcome, whether members of our parish or not.

This will be after the Divine Liturgy and with a bring-and-share lunch.

PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARIES NOW! Make what arrangements you need so that you will be able to be there! Do please make every effort you can. We will all learn a good deal and it is an all too rare chance for us all to get together as a community outside the services.



Here’s a new way to give painlessly to your parish:

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That link will allow Amazon users to set up Amazon Smile, through which money from all eligible purchases can be donated to the church. Unlike Easy Giving, it works directly through your Amazon account.

Earn triple donations from 15 to 29 June: To celebrate the successful launch of AmazonSmile UK just six months ago, Amazon is tripling donations from 15 – 29 June on all qualifying purchases*.

Only 2 weeks left – Spread the word to increase your AmazonSmile donations


Singing in the choir is an important ministry and service to the church. But it is not a closed shop! If you can sing, have some knowledge of reading notes and would like to try out singing in the choir, we would very much like to hear from you. Come and talk to Reader Anthony (Hearn) after any service.


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.


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.

“God loves a cheerful giver.” “Faith, hope and charity, these three abide, but the greatest of them is charity”.

REMEMBER: 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 ?



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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