Welcome!

Image result for ascension iconThe Orthodox Church of the Ascension in Rugby, Warwickshire, provides a place of worship in English for Orthodox Christians of all ethnic backgrounds, as well as for non-Orthodox Christians and others who are interested in the Faith.

Parishioners are from various backgrounds including British, Greek, Ukrainian, Romanian, Russian, Latvian, Coptic, Byelorussian, Serbian and Bulgarian. Services are in English, with some parts (e.g. the Lord’s Prayer) additionally recited in other languages.

The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, the largest Orthodox diocese in this country, and part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.


We are delighted to announce that our church will reopen for worship on Sunday 12th July 2020: the Hours and Typika will be served, beginning at 10.30 am.

*** Please note that the church will no longer be open for private prayer on Saturdays. ***


Owing to an underlying health condition, Father Kosmas is very sorry that he is unable to serve in church at this stage of the Coronavirus pandemic. Subject to medical advice and our Archbishop’s blessing, he hopes to be able to serve the Liturgy in the near future!

Many of our congregation will be unable to attend church because of their age or underlying medical conditions. If you think that you or a member of your household has Coronavirus, please do not come to church. For more information about Coronavirus, or to check whether you have symptoms, look here.

Those of us who cannot be physically together in church can still join together in worship at home. Please see the Services and Choir pages for suggestions about how we can pray and worship together, even if we cannot be physically together in church.


The Orthodox Community of the Ascension and St Chad is a Registered Charity – number 1122061. Orthodox Christians aged 18 and over may become members of the Community. Click here for a membership and Gift Aid form.

One-off donation

Instead of giving at the church, you can donate online here.

£5.00