PARISH NEWS for week beginning 8/7/18



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.


REMEMBER! Parish Day of learning and reflection, Sunday 22nd July – see below!

This Sunday (the 8th) is a second Sunday, when we hold an extra collection for our building fund. If people are away but still want to contribute, they can always mark an envelope “Building Fund” and leave it in the ordinary collections, or speak to Neil about donating online. Donations to this fund can also be gift aided, allowing us to claim back the income tax and make more money from any individual donation.


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.

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles and Myrrhbearer Mary Magdalene

Saturday, July 28th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers


Sunday, July 29th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Some Saints’ Days this week:
Sunday: Great Martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine (303)
Monday: St Pancras (Pankratios) of Taormina in Sicily (1st c.)
Tuesday: St Antony of the Kiev Caves, founder of monasticism in Rus’. (1073)
Wednesday: Great Martyr Euphemia the All-praised (304). St Olga (Helga, Helen) Princess of Russia (969)
Thursday: St Veronica (1st c)
Friday: Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
Saturday: Apostle Aquila of the Seventy
“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:
Monday: St Eoforhild (Everild), Abbess of Everingham, Yorkshire (c700)
Friday: St Just, monk in Cornwall. St Mildreth (Mildred, Mildþrȳð), Abbess of Minster in Thanet, Kent (c700)
You can read their lives on line


As announced last week, 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”.

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.


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.


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.


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



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

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.


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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