Welcome to our website which we hope will be of interest or a source of information to you. Ours is a parish of the Antiochian Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, which is in communion with all the canonical Orthodox Churches and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In line with Orthodox practice, our services are in the language of the people; in our case, English, Orthodox visitors of other backgrounds saying the Lord's Prayer in their native tongue.
The Orthodox Church lies in a tradition that goes back in an unbroken line to the Church of the Apostles and the earthly life of Christ Himself. We are often portayed as a very conservative church but this is a matter of faith and history; one cannot change the truth to fit into a very fleeting, passing, timescale when viewed with the eternity of God and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
In our church you will see many icons of Christ, the Mother of God and many saints and sacred events; a feature of Orthodoxy that proclaims the Incarnation of our Lord and God Jesus Christ and are often referred to as "windows into heaven". The priestly vestments are very beautiful; not for the glorification of the clergy but for the glory of sinful humanity transformed by the Grace of God. The Divine Liturgy is the principal service, when the faithful may receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Incense is used in all our services and permeates the fabric of the church itself. Thus we have a church that is internally very beautiful visually, has the aroma of sanctity and our ears are filled with beautiful music (Just human voices: instruments are not allowed). In some way the church building reflects the glory of Heaven and a place fitting for God.
Fr George's Letter for October
Human beings, since the time when agriculture developed and we were able to settle in small communities which became large cities, have given thanks at the time when the crops were harvested. In the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) Jewish people eat all their meals in a hastily erected shelter outside to remember when the Israelites had to live in tents at the time of the Exodus. This became associated with giving thanks to God for all His mercy and loving provision in the form of the harvest and giving charity to those in need. Orthodox Christians celebrate the blessing of the grape harvest on the Feast of the Transfiguration (6th. August). This is because in Mediterranean countries this is the time of harvest, which is earlier than that of more northern climes. Farmers traditionally bring the first fruits to church to be blessed or the priest goes to the fields to bless the harvest.
Today we see in our land the fields bare as the corn is cut, the orchards heavy with fruit and the shops full of produce. Because we live in the so called Global Village we can buy most food all the year round, no longer reliant so much on seasonal produce. One can buy green beans for instance at any time of the year, only now can one get those grown in the UK. It is right therefore that we should give thanks to God for this abundance of food. Sadly this abundance is not shared and many people in the world go hungry every day.
Almost as shocking is the fact that in our country today people have to struggle to put food on the table, sometimes parents doing without so that the children can eat. Here we have an opportunity. At the Divine Liturgy the priest says “Be mindful, O Lord, of those who bear fruit and do good works in thy holy churches AND WHO REMEMBER THE POOR; and upon us all send forth thy mercies.”
I propose that for the month of October we collect items for the local food bank here in Doncaster so that we REMEMBER THE POOR, those less fortunate than ourselves. Food banks are terrible things as they should not be in this so called first world nation of ours. Food banks are places where people who are genuinely in need are able to go for desperately needed assistance.
There will be a box in Church where you will be able to leave items, a list of which will be available. These will be taken after the Divine Liturgy on 27th October. Nothing could be easier than putting a couple of extra items in your weekly shop to donate to the food bank. If this is successful perhaps it could become an ongoing commitment of our Church. Sadly as the Saviour Himself told us “the poor you will always have”. Let us rejoice that the harvest is here, giving thanks to God and sharing His bounty with others.
On Sunday13th.October there will be two baptisms in Church at 9.30 am. Perhaps we could have a feast afterwards, see Jan about the food.
According to a local newsletter, during October the Warmsworth and Edlington Lions will be collecting disused spectacles for distribution to a third world country. Drop off places are Warmsworth library and St Peter's church (the white church) near Warmsworth roundabout. Alternatively, you can bring them to our church and I will drop them off. Thank you.
StephenAdvance notice: on Sunday, 13th October there will be two Baptisms at 9:30am with (we hope (we don't need much encouragement)) a feast to follow the Liturgy - please liaise with Janet Evans if you can bring any food. Thank you.
Prayer List for October
Please pray -
FOR THE SICK:
especially Andrew Spencer, Shirley Carolyn, and James Dellow.
FOR THOSE IN NEED:
especially Michael Moore, Ondar, Christos, George, Christina and family.
FOR THOSE IN CAPTIVITY:especially Archbishops Paul (Antiochan) and John (Syriac) of Allepo, kidnapped in Syria and for all held captive in that troubled country;
FOR THOSE WHO LIE ASLEEP IN THE LORD:All Orthodox Christians departed this life, in particular Maria Laskaris (2nd), Ioana Pop (4th), Joan Wilkinson (11th) and Lois Talbot (23rd) and all whose anniversaries occur this month; also for those who have died recently and for all who are coming to the end of their earthly lives.
The Orthodox Church of
Ss. Columba & Kentigern
Staveley Street, Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1BW.
You can view further details, such as our Parish Priest and times of services, etc. on our 'About Our Church' page.