Funding Appeal: Church Floor

floorWe are blessed to have a beautiful church building where services are held each week.  But we have discovered that many of the hidden floor timbers have become rotten.  In order to be able to continue using our church building safely, there is an urgent need to remove and replace these.

Can you help please with the costs of this work?  Please see the funding newsletter for details.

Celebration of the Theophany

You are warmly invited to join us for our celebration of the Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ:

THURSDAY 5th JANUARY
7 pm Great Vespers & Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of the Waters in the church

SUNDAY 8th JANUARY
Normal Sunday services, followed by the outdoor Blessing of the Waters at Brownsover, and a Festal meal at the Brewers Fayre restaurant.

Lunch will be a help-yourself carvery meal priced at £9.99 per person (£4.49 for children under 12 years of age) to include soup as a starter. Dessert can be purchased for an additional £2. A small play area within sight of our table will be available for the children.

If you would like to come for lunch, please let us know by Wednesday 4 January at the latest. Please email either Father Kosmas (kiwittwer@aol.com) or our chairman, Philip Economou (philip.economou@virgin.net) with the numbers of adults’ and children’s meals that you wish to book.

The restaurant’s address and website are:

2 Central Park Drive
Central Park
Rugby CV23 0WE

https://www.brewersfayre.co.uk/pub-restaurant/Warwickshire/Central-Park-Rugby.html

All – including visitors and guests – are welcome to join our celebration of the Feast!

Services on Sunday 17 July 2016

There will be a change to the usual pattern of services on this Sunday only.

The Hours will be served at 10.30 am, immediately followed by Reader’s Typika (Обедница) beginning at around 10.50 am.

As no priest or deacon will be present, there will be no opportunity to receive Holy Communion or to make your confession on this Sunday.

The usual pattern of services will resume on the following Sunday, 24 July 2016.

After the Referendum

Our Chairman has sent the following message to members of our Community:

“The deep divisions within our society revealed by the recent referendum have caused dismay, fear, and shame amongst many people here in Rugby and of course elsewhere within the UK. On behalf of our Committee and of our Community I would like to assure our brothers and sisters in Christ from the EU and elsewhere who may be thinking that they are no longer welcome in our Community that this is not the case: all are welcome, of whatever background and nationality they have been given, for we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

“We must be the most international community in all of Rugby. A great blessing has been the increase in the number of Orthodox Christians who have joined our Community from so many different countries and who have strengthened it by their presence. It is a privilege and a joy to have our church filled each week with so many different languages, and so many different ages.”

We rejoice that in our worship week by week, we experience a foretaste of the worship in heaven, where a great multitude … of all nations, and tribes, and people, and languages join to worship God together (Revelation 7:9).

To Him be glory forever and ever!

Leavetaking of Pascha & Ascension Day: Wednesday 8 June

Come and celebrate with us on Wednesday 8th June!

At 7 pm we will sing the Paschal Hours for the last time this year to mark the Leavetaking of Pascha: the Epitaphios / Plaschanitsa will be returned to its place at the back of the church, accompanied by the final singing of the Paschal Troparion.

At around 7.30 pm we will begin Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of the Ascension.

As well as being a Feast of the Lord, the Ascension is the ‘Feast of Title’ of our church – so a very important day in our calendar. Come and celebrate the Feast!

Memorial Concert for Peter Higgs

The choir to which Peter belonged, Ridware Cantemus, is putting on a Memorial Concert in Peter’s memory at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wall on Saturday 28th May 2016 at 3pm. The concert will be followed by tea and biscuits. Donations welcomed to St Giles Hospice.

A map showing the location of the church may be found here.

May his memory be eternal!