Open Day at Gillingham church

— Tidings, September 2018 —

Meet Father Liviu and the Congregation.

St Philothea

“After many years of wandering in many places, we have been offered, for a time, a more stable place of worship at the ancient and beautiful church of St Mary’s, through the benevolence of the Diocese of Norwich and the local community,” says Father Liviu of the Romanian Orthodox Congregation.

“On Tuesday at 10 am we shall welcome visitors with tea, coffee and cake. There will be displays of the Sunday School children’s work and members of the parish will be on hand to answer any questions.”

How we are related

As Christians, the Rumanian Orthodox share a common ancient tradition with the Anglican and Catholic Churches. In the first Christian millennium we all formed the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and it is a unity towards which we all strive to return: through love, prayer and ecumenical dialogue. We share a core belief in baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

We hold services, partially in English, to which everyone is always welcome: The Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 10 to 11.30 am, and on Major Feast Days; and an evening service on Fridays, which begins at 6 pm [7 pm, in 2019]. The main part of service, or liturgy, like that of the Anglican church, is ancient in nature and form, going back to the first centuries of Christianity and to Byzantium.

Open Day: Tuesday, 9 October

Father Liviu and the parishioners of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Norwich & East Anglia, currently worshipping at St Mary’s Church in Gillingham, extend a warm welcome to all who would like to come to an open morning. This is an organised opportunity to find out who we are and how we worship at the ancient and beautiful church of St Mary’s, a church we love and do our best to look after.

On Tuesday, 9 October, our priest will be welcoming visitors with tea, coffee and cake from 10am. There will be displays of the Sunday School children’s work and members of the parish will be on hand to show and explain our customs and traditions, answering any questions you may have. We will hold a short service of thanksgiving that day, at about 11.30am, for those wishing to stay further.

Contacts

If you have any questions in advance, please contact the priest, Father Liviu Barbu (fr.liviu.barbu@gmail.com) or the churchwarden, Mr Nicholas Meade (nicholas_meade@yahoo.co.uk). You may also want to consult www.bornea.co.uk

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible – not just Gillingham residents, but anyone from further afield who wishes to visit.

St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, currently used by the Rumanian Orthodox community of the Holy Martyr Philothea and the Venerable Bede

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