14/10/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 14/10/18

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.

Troparion of our Feast of Dedication, Tone 4

Your nativity, O Mother of God, has made joy known to the whole inhabited world, for from you there dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. He abolished the curse and gave the blessing and by making death of no effect he bestowed on us eternal life.

NEWS HEADLINES:

CHILDREN’S CLASSES HAVE STARTED AGAIN (See below)

ST DEMETRIOS COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD

It is customary (and we shall follow the custom from now) to commemorate the departed on particular Saturdays in the year.  The next is coming up shortly.

The St Demetrios Divine Liturgy to commemorate the departed will be on this Saturday, 20th October at 9.00 a.m. If you wish to have people commemorated, please get your list of names to Archimandrite Kyril this Sunday, or at the latest by FRIDAY 19th.

REMEMBER YOU NEED TO PAY FOR PARKING IN THE STREET NOW, EVEN ON SUNDAYS and you only get TWO HOURS! Parking in the nearby West End multi-storey is quite reasonable, though.

CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER

Sunday, October 14th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 3. Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

Saturday, October 20th.

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

St Demetrios Commemoration of the Dead

Sunday, October 21st.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

St Hilarion the Great (371/2)

Friday, October 26th.

(Fast day: Wine and oil)

 

Glorious Martyr Demetrios the myrrh-flowing of Thessaloniki (c306)

Saturday, October 27th.

6.30 p.m. Vespers

 

Sunday, October 28th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 5. Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.

Holy Martyrs Terence, Neonilla and their children (3rd..c)

Thursday, November 1st.

 

Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia, and their mother Theodoti (c3rd cent.)

Sunday, November 4th.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 6. Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

St Ioannikios the Great, hermit on Mt Olympus (846)

 
SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
 
Sunday: Holy Martyrs of Milan Nazarius, Gervase, Protase and Celsius (1st. c)
Monday: Martyr Lucian, priest of Antioch (312)
Tuesday: Martyr Longinus the Centurion at the foot of the cross (1st. c)
Wednesday: Prophet Hosea. Martyrs and Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian and their brothers in Cilicia (Asia Minor) (303)
Thursday: Holy Apostle an Evangelist Luke
Friday: St John of Kronstadt (1908)

Saturday: Great Martyr Artemios at Antioch (362)

“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own saints again”     (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877)
 
So, this week we celebrate:
 
Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday: St Gall, Hermit and monastic founder at Bangor (Co, Antrim) and Luxeuil (c630)
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: St Friðuswīþ (Frideswide) of Oxford, Abbess (c735)

Saturday: St Acca, Bishop of Hexham (Northumbria) (c740)

 

NEWS

**ADVANCE NOTICE:

This year, being our Parish’s 70th Anniversary, we shall have a special service on Wednesday, 19th December. The first service our parish celebrated seventy years ago was in the Chapter House of Bristol (Anglican) Cathedral. This year we shall celebrate Vespers and a Thanksgiving Service, again in Bristol Cathedral. This time, however, we shall be using the Lady Chapel. More details soon, but RESERVE THE DATE NOW!

REGULAR REMINDERS:

PRAYERS

Please remember in your prayers these of our fellow parishioners who are unwell:

Phoebe Collett

Richard MacDougall-Smith

Linda (Mary) Jones, who is now in a nursing home

Carolyn (Mary) Sherriff

And Julie Clarke, who was a member of our parish for some years, and is terminally ill.

FOODBANK

The food bank box needs contributions every week!

Non-perishable food items with a best before date a minimum of six months in the future.

Also especially toiletries and personal care items, such as plasters, tampons/sanitary towels, toothpaste and shower gel.

SINGING IN THE CHOIR

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

HELPING YOUR PARISH

In addition to using Amazon Smile for online purchases:

1) Remember: Every second Sunday of the month we have a collection.

2) USE YOU CO-OP CARD to our benefit!

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.

3) 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

CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS

The class has started again. If you wish to enrol your child/ren see Lydia in church on a Sunday.

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 (secretary@bristol-orthodox-church.org.uk).

SALES:

NEW DISPLAY CABINET!

**We have a new display cabinet for items for sale (Thanks to Lydia!)**

We will be getting in items to sell. If you have any requests, please let Lydia or one of the other councillors know.

We already have mounted icons for sale in church, including mounts by Raluca McKett. Have you seen her Facebook page (Raluca Ortodox Icons) yet ?

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.

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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