5/8/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 29/7/18

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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.

NEWS HEADLINES

Your Parish Council meets this Sunday.

CALENDAR FOR JULY – AUGUST

Saturday, July 28th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers

Holy Apostles of the Seventy

St Sampson Bishop of Dol (Brittany, c565)

New Martyr Christodoulos (1777)

Sunday, July 29th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Followed by Parish Council Meeting

Tone 8. Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Martyr Callinicus at Gangra, Asia Minor (3rd-4th c)

St Olaf, King of Norway (1030)

Wednesday, August 1st.

Beginning of the Fast of the Dormition

Procession of the Honourable and Lifegiving Cross

Sunday, August 5th.

(Wine and oil)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

6.30 p.m. Vespers

Tone 1. Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Eve of the Feast of the Transfiguration

Hieromartyrs Anterus and Fabian, Popes of Rome (3rd c)

St Oswald, King and Martyr (642)

Monday, August 6th.

(Fish, wine and oil)

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Blessing of fruit.

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD.

Преображение Господа нашего Иисуса Христа.

Schimbarea la Fa ă a Domnului.

Sunday, August 12th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 2. Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Tuesday, August 14th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers of the Feast

Eve of the Dormition

Wednesday, August 15th.

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

DORMITION (Falling Asleep) OF THE MOTHER OF GOD.

Успение Пресвятой Богородицы.

Adormirea Maicii Domnului.

Sunday, August 19th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 3. Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

Saturday, August 25th.

NB No Vespers this month

 

Sunday, August 26th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

 
Some Saints’ Days this week:
Sunday: Martyr Callinicus at Gangra (3-4 c)
Monday: Apostle of the Seventy Silas. St Valentine, Bishop of Interamna (Italy. c273)
Tuesday: St Joseph of Arimathaea (1st c). St Germanus, Bishop of Auxerre ((448)
Wednesday: Seven Maccabaean Martyrs
Thursday: Translation to Constantinople of the relics of St Stephen
Friday: Ss Isaac and Faustus, Constantinople (5th c). Holy Myrrh-bearer Salome (1st c)
Saturday: Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus
 
“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when She begins to. again venerate Her own Saints”     (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877)
So, this week we celebrate:
Tuesday: St Neot, hermit in Cornwall (c877)
Wednesday: St Cennydd (Keneth), hermit at Llangennydd (6th c). St Ethelwold, bishop of Winchester (984)
You can read their lives on line.

NEWS

PARISH COUNCIL

The Parish Council will meet this Sunday (29th) after the Divine Liturgy.

FR JOHN BEHR

Last Sunday Fr John Behr led us in a time of reflection and learning with the theme “Standing by the Cross, Putting on Christ”. Many thanks to him for a wonderfully instructive session, to all who brought contributions for lunch, to all who came, and to all who helped in any way.

We hope to place a video recording of the session, plus Fr John’s sermon at the Divine Liturgy, on the Parish YouTube site in due course. Those on the mailing list will already have received an email copy of Fr John’s supporting text quotations.

PRAYERS

Please remember in your prayers these of our fellow parishioners:

Phoebe Collett: recovering after a fall

Linda (Mary) Jones: in hospital with Parkinson’s disease and mental confusion after a fall

Julie Clarke: ill with terminal cancer

Carolyn (Mary) Sherriff

FOODBANK UPDATE

The food bank box is looking pretty empty. As we look ahead, the food bank is always at its busiest during the winter months. Donations now will allow them to stock up in advance of their busiest times of year. Remember, when we help the hungry, we are doing it to Our Lord himself.

Donations must be of non-perishable food items with a best before date a minimum of six months in the future. It also takes, and is usually in dire need of, toiletries and personal care items, such as plasters, tampons/sanitary towels, toothpaste and shower gel.

ARCHIVIST

Our Parish is seventy years old this year. Over the years we have collected a fair amount of material that makes up the history of our Parish community. Photographs and video are constantly being added to this. We now need an ARCHIVIST to keep track of all this. This would mean gathering and organizing written records, pictures etc., digitizing this, organizing earthbound and cloud storage. Etc.

Could this person be YOU?

If you think you could help with this task please email info@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk, or talk to Kate Hearn, or any member of the council in church.

SINGING IN THE CHOIR

SINGERS WANTED! Come and give it a try! Really! Please come and help.

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

The Sunday School is on holiday for the summer now. Christina is, sadly, leaving Bristol this summer, but we intend the school to continue in September. If you would like to enrol your child, contact info@bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk It is hugely important for our young ones to know their faith and be prepared to live in a world increasingly intolerant of those who believe.

2. Adults

It is not only the children who need to learn. Very few of us have had the benefit of specific learning about our Orthodox faith.

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.

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 ?

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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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