Ανακοινώνεται στους Ορθόδοξους Χριστιανούς του Reading και της περιοχής ότι την Κυριακή 15 Ιουλίου 2018 στον Ιερό Ναό του Προφήτη Ηλία Reading την πανηγυρική Θεία Λειτουργία θα τελέσει ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Τροπαίου Κύριος Αθανάσιος.

Παρακαλείσθε όπως έλθετε στο Ναό όλοι, για να τιμήσουμε, Κλήρος και Λαός, τον Προστάτη και Πολιούχο μας Άγιο Προφήτη Ηλία και να λάβουμε την ευλογία του Επισκόπου μας.

Η Ιερά Ακολουθία θα αρχίσει το πρωί της Κυριακής, ώρα 10:30 π.μ.

Greek Souvla

GREEK SOUVLA & MUSIC

14th JULY 2018 2.00 PM

FAMILY & FRIENDS ARE WELCOMED

ADULTS £12.50 each CHILDREN UNDER 12 £5.00 each

AT THE

WAGGON & HORSES,

61 High St Twyford,

Reading RG10 9AJ

FOR TICKETS CONTACT NIKO (by Wednesday 4th July)

07958255274 OR EMAIL NICKMANOUSOS@HOTMAIL.CO.UK

Spit roast lamb garden gathering

SALUTATIONS TO THE THEOTOKOS

ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ ΒΡΑΔΥ 23ης ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ 2018 ΕΝΑΡΞΗ 7.00μμ
ΣΤΗΝ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΜΑΣ
Η ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΧΑΙΡΕΤΙΣΜΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟΥ

FRIDAY NIGHT 23rd MARCH 2018 START 7.00pm
SALUTATIONS TO THE THEOTOKOS

RE-SANTIFIED LITURGY WITH HOLLY COMMUNION

ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ ΒΡΑΔΥ 21η ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ 2018 ΕΝΑΡΞΗ 7.00ΜΜ
ΣΤΗΝ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ ΜΑΣ
ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΠΡΟΗΓΙΑΣΜΕΝΩΝ ΤΙΜΙΩΝ ΔΩΡΩΝ
ΚΑΙ ΘΕΙΑ ΜΕΤΑΛΗΨΗ

WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH 2018 START 7.00pm
PRE-SANTIFIED LITURGY WITH HOLLY COMMUNION

Reading Marathon

!!CHURCH AND SCHOOL OPEN THIS SUNDAY IN SPITE OF THE HALF MARATHON!!
!! START OF SERVICE AND SCHOOL HALF AN HOUR LATER AT 11.30 am !!

!!SEE ALTERNATIVE ACCESS!!
below are times of road closures

Road closures (PDF)

Route Map

NOTE:

Those coming from town direction: Via North side of the station ...Caversham Rd right on Chatham St right on the Oxford Rd towards the church

Those coming from West, Calcot Tilehurst direction: ...A4 Bath Rd, left Honey End Lane, right Tilehurst Rd, left Water Rd, right Grovelands Rd, right Waveley Rd, left Wantage Rd, right Norfork Rd at the end left 150mt the Church

Η Ακολουθία του Μεγάλου Αποδείπνου

Ανακοινώνεται ότι την Πέμπτη 22 Μαρτίου θα τελεσθεί η Ακολουθία του Μεγάλου
Αποδείπνου στο Chaplaincy Center (building 40) στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Reading.
Διεύθυνση: Chaplaincy Centre, Park House Lodge, Whiteknights Campus,
Reading, RG6 6AH.
Ώρα έναρξης: 19:15
Ώρα λήξης: 20:30

Letter From Father Asterios Karampatakis

Letter From Fr Asterious (pdf)pdf to the parents of the children attending Greek sschool.

Archbishop Gregorios and Father Asterios Karampatakis

ΕΝΑΡΞΗ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣΤΙΚΟΥ ΈΤΟΥΣ, Σεπτέμβριος 2017
NEW ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR, September 2017.

Αγαπητοί Αδελφοί μας,

Με μεγάλη χαρά σας αναγγέλλουμε την άφιξη του πατρός Αστερίου Καραμπατάκη στην ενορία μας.

Ευχαριστούμε θερμά τον Αρχιεπίσκοπο Γρηγόριο γιά το πατρικό του ενδιαφέρον και την υπόδειξη του π. Αστερίου σαν μόνιμου ιερέα μας.

Ο π. Αστέριος μέχρι πρόσφατα διακόνησε επί έτη στον Καθεδρικό Ναό του Αγίου Δημητρίου πολιούχου Θεσσαλονίκης. Είναι συνταξιούχος εκπαιδευτικός και Σχολικός Σύμβουλος Φιλολόγων στην Ελλάδα. Σπούδασε Θεολογία, Ελληνική Γλώσσα και Φιλολογία και έχει μεταπτυχιακό στην Εκκλησιαστική Ιστορία. Χειροτονήθηκε ιερέας στη Θεσσαλονίκη αμέσως μετά την συνταξιοδότησή του.

Σας προσκαλούμε και ελπίζουμε να σας έχουμε όλους κοντά μας γιά να λάβετε μέρος στην πρώτη λειτουργία του εκκλησιαστικού μας έτους με τον π. Αστέριο, την Κυριακή 3η Σεπτεμβρίου 2017 στις 11 πμ..

Σημειωτέον ότι η λειτουργία στην Αγγλική γλώσσα θα συνεχισθεί κάθε 2η Κυριακή του μηνός υπό τον Fr. Ian Graham.

Με όλη μας την εν Χριστώ αγάπη,

Ο Πρόεδρος και το Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο
Προφήτη Ηλία (within St. Mark's Church) Reading




Our beloved in Christ,

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our permanent priest, Father Asterios Karampatakis to serve our Community.

We are grateful to Archbishop Gregorios for recommending to us Fr Asterios.

Until recently Fr Asterios has served for several years as a priest in the Cathedral of St Demetrios, the patron saint of Thessaloniki. He is a retired Educationalist and School Consultant of the Philologists in Greece. He studied Theology, Greek Language and Literature and he did postgraduate studies in Ecclesiastical History. He was ordained in Thessaloniki soon after his retirement.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you, and we hope all of you to be present and participate in the first service of our Church year on 3rd September 2017 at 11 am, the first service of Fr Asterios.

Please note that we will continue with the Service in the English language every 2nd Sunday of the month with Fr Ian Graham.

With love in Christ,

The President and Members of the Committee of
Prophet Elias Church (within St. Mark's) Reading

The Akathistos Hymn

18 Mar 2017

Annual Church Report

21 Jan 2017

Annual report (pdf)

Happy New Year

5 Jan 2017

'Κόψιμο της Βασιλόπιτας',
Happy New Year ! to all our parishioners.
We will be cutting our vasilopita on the 15th of January.
Come and join us.

Vasilopita

Η καθιερωμένη γιορτή του κοψίματος της Βασιλόπιτας για το 2017 της ενορίας μας έγινε στης 16 το Ιανουαρίου με την ευλογία του Πατήρ Χριστόφορου από το Sheffield. H συμμετοχή των ενοριτών μας μικρόν και μεγάλων ήταν η μεγαλύτερη που είχαμε ποτέ στην ενορία μας και όλοι πήραν από ένα κομμάτι από την ωραία και πολύ νόστιμη Βασιλόπιτα που έφερε ο πρόεδρος μας κυρ. Μανούσος και η σύζυγος του Margaret.

We had the cutting of the Vasilopita for our community for 2017 on the 16th of January. The blessing of the Vasilopita was done by Fr. Christoforos from Sheffield. The attendance was the largest we ever had in our community and they all had a piece of the nice and tasty Vasilopita that our president Mr Manousos and his wife Margaret brought.

Greek Tragedy On The Small Screen

7 Dec 2016

A film season presented by the Department of Classics in collaboration with Reading Film Theatre and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television. All films will be shown in the Minghella Building . Download flyer (pdf) for full details.

Carol Singing

7 Dec 2016

On the 18th of December our school Children will be Carol Singing "Χριστουγεννιατικα Καλαντα".

Christmas Service

7 Dec 2016

We will be holding a Christmas service on the 24th of December between 8.00 pm and 9.30 pm

A Summary of the Study Afternoon on the Unity in Christ

5 Dec 2016

The speakers and their speeches:

  • Michael Penny (Head of Churches Together in Reading): What does Unity mean?
  • William Henry: Oneness of all believers (John 17:20-26)
  • William Henry: Pictures of Unity Michael Penny: Unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3)
  • Michael Penny: Unity of the Faith (Ephesians 4:13)
  • Andrew Marple: Practical Implications of Unity

  • Unity_in_Christ_Summary.pdf Summary of the Study Afternoon on the Unity in Christ

    Meeting with Archbishop Gregorios

    13 Nov 2016

    11 November 2016

    As it is customary, representatives of our church new Committee visited our Archbishop Gregorios at 5 Craven Hill in London, to pay our respects and receive his blessings. His Eminence, once again demonstrated his great interest for our Community in Reading and we had the benefit of his fatherly advice and constructive ideas for the future of our Church Community.

    11 Νοέμβριος 2016

    ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗΣ ΠΡΟΦΗΤΗ ΗΛΙΑ READING ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟ ΓΡΗΓΟΡΙΟ

    Ώπως είθισται, η νεοεκλεγείσα επιτροπή της Κοινότητάς μας την 11η Νοεμβρίου 2016 επισκέφθηκε τον Αρχιεπίσκοπο Γρηγόριο για να υποβάλλει τα σέβη της και να λάβει την ευλογία του. Ο Σεβασμιώτατος έδειξε όπως πάντα μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον γιά την Κοινότητά μας. Η συνάντηση ηταν αρκετά εποικοδομητική με τις πατρικές παραινέσεις του πνευματικού μας ηγέτη και την ανταλλαγή απόψεων γιά ενα ευλογημένο κι επιτυχημένο μέλλον της Κοινότητάς μας.


    Annual Report

    30 Sep 2016

    GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ST. ELIAS
    ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ «Ο ΠΡΟΦΗΤΗΣ (ΑΓΙΟΣ) ΗΛΙΑΣ»
    Within St. Mark’s Church, Reading

    Dear Parishioners,

    This is my third and final Annual Report as your President, as I am stepping down at the 2016 Annual General Meeting on 2nd October. This is normally handed out along with the Calendar, but the next president will be dealing with the Calendar 2016 – 17.

    The most important development this year has been the long-awaited granting on 29th February, 2016 of our Licence to rent St. Mark’s Anglican Church together with our fellow Orthodox Christians, the Serbians, for our Church services and Greek School. It is a ten-year Licence with a six-month get-out clause, for both parties. Now a year down the line, I feel that it can be said that a good relationship has developed between our host church of St. Mark Anglican Church’s wardens/congregation and our own. We are grateful for their co-operation and fellowship. Members of the Anglican congregation, particularly Rev. and Mrs. Brown, have expressed how much they love our icons and feel that our church adds another dimension/completes theirs.

    It has been an eventful year, which began well, with Mr. Theodore Ziffo, coming back out of retirement to help our church and community to fill posts of Treasurer, Secretary, and Trustee, as Mr. Nikolaos Marinis, retired and Mrs. Theano Llewellyn stepped down as Secretary. We are grateful to Mr. Marinis for all his previous help and support as Trustee and wish him well. We are very grateful to Mr. Ziffo for filling three vacancies. Mrs. Theano Llewellyn, as well as Miss Theodora Dimakopolou, both had to resign from their duties for personal reasons. We thank them for their hard work as well.

    We had another successful Apokries Dinner Dance at Badgemore Park Golf Club, Henley, which raised much-needed funds for our Community. Thanks to Badgemore Golf Club for the smooth running of the evening. Thank you to all who came and supported this important fund-raising event. We were indeed very fortunate this year to have the pleasure of listening to George and Polys, two Reading University students who donated their time and talent, and entertained us so well. They are a credit to their families and we are grateful to them. We wish them every success in their studies.

    This year we celebrated The Akathyst Hymn with Father Ian more simply than usual. Thank you to all who joined us for this beautiful service.

    What a remarkable Easter we had this year. There was an unbelievable and unprecedented high attendance for Holy Week, during the day as well as the evenings. Our church was packed and overflowing, mainly with conscientious University of Reading students prepared to walk long distances, to come to church. Well done. Many thanks to Fr. Constantinos and Papadia Eleni again for all they did to make our Holy Week successful and their help during the year. Also to the small group of steadfast helpers for setting up the church, and to those who stayed to help clear it afterwards into the wee hours of Sunday morning. We very much appreciate their efforts and devotion to their church. My admiration goes to the group of ladies who from year to year seem to be going from strength to strength with decorating the epitafio so beautifully this year, and grateful thanks to those of you who filled the church, brought red-dyed eggs and koulouria etc. for handing out to the endless line of students and new comers after the midnight service on Holy Sat. to break the fast.

    Each weekly service requires the making of two prosfora, without which an Orthodox Christian church service cannot happen, and, I should like to thank first of all Mrs. Sonia Khuri, who has over many years produced the ROTA for Prosfora and Refreshments, as well as the small group of ladies and Yannis Irvine for their continued reliability and efforts in making sure the prosfora is made and arrives in time for the service to start, and especially to Anastasia Hewson , who went beyond the call of duty with the impressive backup for prosfora. Also, thank you to Nikolaos Manousos, Niko Tsigaridas and Yannis Irvine, who together share the responsibility of helping the priest.

    We have over the years been very fortunate to have a selection of faithful psaltes and choir members. There are some small churches that struggle to find such people, namely, George Moudiotis, Elias Parikos, Philothei Strickland, Sonia Khuri, Yannis Irvine (our newest recruit) and yours truly, who have to cope with a variety of different styles of chanting by visiting priests. Thank you.

    Mrs. Liza Bolter, Mrs. Maria Remy and Mrs. Lamara Giannidi, have for a number of years taken on the much needed and unenviable task of dealing with the collection tray and counting the money. Thank you. We also thank Mrs. Sonia Khuri, who has also represented us over the year at all the meetings with ‘Churches Together’. We are again grateful to Mrs. Liza Bolter and Mrs. Philothei Strickland for their continued help with the Baptisms, and to Maria Remy, George Giovanni, Nedeljka Dekic and Theo Ziffo for the cleaning of the church.

    We are grateful to both Fr. Ian Graham, and his psaltis, Alexander Lingas, who often accompanies Father from Oxford and honours us with his chanting to give the service in English. Fr. Ian’s help and spiritual guidance, as well as his steading presence during Committee Meetings is invaluable.

    This year we celebrated Our Patronal Feast Day on 17th July, and were delighted to welcome His Eminence, Archbishop Gregorios and his assistants to their first visit to our new church. We were fortunate to have as our additional guests Rev. and Mrs. Norman Brown. Thank you to all those who helped set it up. Thank you also to those who supported our special day, brought food and raffle prizes and who helped clear away afterwards.

    We are grateful to Mr. Andreas Despiniadis, Head Teacher of our Greek School, and to the teachers who devote their spare time to teach our children so well on Sundays. It is lovely to see the children come in to church for their Holy Communion. Our children are our future. Greek School (now held in church Hall 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) was able to resume last October, after considerable bureaucratic obstacles, which we are in the process of fixing. It is hoped that with the formation of a Greek School Committee, consisting of parents, teachers, and congregation members, will help co-ordinate all those involved.

    I would like to give thanks to the members of the Community who have worked hard to ensure that our Church has not only adapted to the changes in the year, but has emerged with the satisfactory financial position shown in the accounts.

    Annual Church Memberships are on the up, I am pleased to say, and we are grateful to those who continue to pay these subscriptions, which is an important source of revenue for any church and helps pay the bills.

    This report would not be complete without a particular tribute to Anastasia Hewson and her husband Ben, Katerina Calce, Panorea Ziffo and to my fellow Trustees Nikolaos Manousos, Elias Parikos and Theo Ziffo.

    Finally, may I heartedly thank you again for all of your support and fellowship throughout my time as President. It has been an honour to serve the Church and Community.

    Sincerely,
    Calliope Jenkins



    annual report 2016 pdf Download PDF

    Important Notice

    13 Aug 2016

    Dear Greek School Parents and Parishioners,

    This is an important Notice regarding not only the future of our Church and Community, but the very future of our School and children. It is a direct appeal to you all: if you care enough about your children then you need to show it by playing a more active role.

    We will be having our Annual General Meeting (AGM), CHURCH ELECTIONS and TRUSTEES MEETING on Sunday, 2nd October, 2016 directly after church service. I cannot stress this sufficiently: we need you to come forward to put your name down on the List of Nominations to the Church Committee, otherwise our school will not be able to continue. Without a Church Committee we will have NO Church; without a Church our School folds.

    All 12 positions on the Committee are open for election. (Four Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary , Treasurer plus 8 general Members). To date not enough people have come forward. We need a minimum of two(2) parents of Greek School children (Head Teacher plus 2 other parents) to be actively involved on the Church Committee if you want not only the school to continue, but also the Church and its Community.

    Help is needed with the Administration. I have a list of fifteen (15) families with children attending our Greek School, and all we are asking for are two (2) people out of these 15 families to care enough to help keep us viable.

    Please speak to me, Calliope Jenkins directly, or by phone (01189331075). Leave a message, if necessary and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, or email:president@propheteliasreading.com

    Important Notice

    4 Jun 2016

    AGM AND CHURCH ELECTIONS
    Sunday, 2nd October, 2016

    This is an Election Year for Our Church, Prophet and Saint Elias Church, Reading.

    We are seeking Parishioners (who are members in good standing) that are willing to run for various Offices in our Church as Trustees, Committee Officers, Committee Members ( current committee ), and would encourage any Parishioners who are members in good standing, to put their name forward as a prospective Candidate this year. Anyone who is not a fee-paying Church Member and wishes to be one, please contact our current Treasurer, Mr. Theo Ziffo, whether in person at church, or by post or telephone within the next month or so.

    May I remind you, that in order to put one’s name forward, and also to vote in these very important Elections, each and everyone of us needs to have paid their Annual Church Membership Donations (£30) before the day of Elections.

    You may pay either by cheque or cash or direct debit.  If paying by cheque you can give it to our Treasurer, Mr. Theo Ziffo, who will be able to collect the money and give you a receipt as proof that you have paid; or if you prefer, pay by post by sending the cheque* to The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading , c/o Seal Lodge Simms Lane, Mortimer, Reading RG7 2JP, enclosing a SAE (self-addressed envelope with a 2nd class stamp).

    *If you pay by cheque, please make it payable to ‘The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading’.

    It is voluntary, and if parishioners feel they cannot afford it, we ask that they pay what they feel able to.  A receipt will be given for each donation to prove they have paid and are entitled to the privileges of Members of our Church.

    This year it is particularly important, as it will allow you to vote in the very important upcoming church Elections.

    We need as many people who would like to play a more active part in Church Committee matters to come forward and add their name to the List of Candidates. There are a few vacancies. Several members on the Committee have expressed their decision not to extend their two-year term and we need capable, hardworking Parishioners to come forward to help Our Church. I cannot stress how important this is.

    Thank you for your time and patience.
    Calliope Jenkins,
    President The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading.
    2/6/16

    Church Calendar Error

    14 May 2016

    Please be aware that there is a mistake in the church calender.

    There is no service on July 31 this year

    Dear Parishioners and Friends of our Church

    5 May 2016

    CHRISTOS ANESTI!

    The Committee of St. Elias The Prophet wishes to thank you all for your support and help during Pascha. Your love of the church has been well-expressed in the generous donations for flowers, red-dyed eggs, etc., helping with the decoration of the Epitaphio and especially coping with such an unexpectedly-large turnout.

    We had unprecedented record breaking numbers especially for Holy Communion, Good Friday and Holy and Great Saturday for which we are truly grateful. It is both heartening and reassuring to see the support you all have for our newly transplanted Church within St. Mark's C of E Church, Reading.

    If you have any photographs of any of our Paschal services, please would you send them to Ben Hewson and Anastasia Hewson, our Webmasters, for sharing with our readers.

    On Sunday, 8th May, 206 we will be having our first (of many we trust) Baptism in the new host church. Should anyone feel they would like to hep out with any Baptism preparations, they would be very much welcomed.

    A very big thank you to you all.

    The Committee
    St. Elias The Prophet, Reading.
    Pascha 2016

    Annual Church Membership Donations

    20 Jan 2016

    It’s fast approaching that time of the year when we will be starting to collect Annual Membership Donations for our Church, come January 2016.  Without this money our Community will be unable to function.  Since moving to our new host church of St. Mark, at 94 Cranbury Road, Reading, RG30 2TA, our costs have tripled and so we are forced to raise the Donation we ask for.

    At our last Trustees Annual Meeting, it was decided to rename the subscription to a Membership Donation and to increase it to £30 per family per annum, and subject to parishioners being able to afford it.  It is voluntary, and if parishioners feel they cannot afford it, we ask that they pay what they feel able to.  A receipt will be given for each donation to prove they have paid and are entitled to the privileges of Members of our Church.  

    You may pay either by cheque or cash or direct debit.  If paying by cheque you might prefer to come into church in January (to the table that will be set aside for this). A receipt as proof that you have paid should be given to you; or if you prefer, pay by post by sending the cheque* to my address: Mrs. Calliope Jenkins, Seal Lodge, Simms Lane, Mortimer, Reading RG7 2JP, enclosing a SAE (self-addressed envelope with a 2nd class stamp).

    *If you pay by cheque, please make it payable to ‘The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading’.

    Thank you for your time and patience.
    Calliope Jenkins,
    President
    The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading

    Greek School

    20 Jan 2016

    We now have a Hall that houses our Greek School, but we have to pay extra for that. Somehow we will have to find more money to cover the rent for the Hall for the Greek School. Those of you who wish to support this worthy extension of our Community, please do so in any way you can. Give me a call on 0118 9331075 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m week days. A while back there was an appeal for help to raise some much-needed funds for the Church. Unfortunately, we received only two suggestions, and because it coincided with our preparations to move to our new location, very little could be done. One of these suggestions was a Mini Bazaar.

    2016 Calendar

    9 Jan 2016

    The calendar for 2016 may be downloaded as a pdf. Booklet format (1.3Mb) to print double sided, or A4 format(1.4Mb), 4 pages.

    Annual Report

    9 Jan 2016

    2015 annual report (pdf)

    First Service of 2016

    28 Dec 2015

    The first Church service of the New Year is on Sunday 3rd of January, 2016.

    On the 10th of January, we will be having a full Agiasmos and are in need of small plastic bottles/jars if people want to take any of the Blessed water home with them.

    Happy New Year, and best wishes to everyone.

    Christmas Bazaar

    10 Dec 2015

    A really big thanks to all of you who helped make our first St. Nicholas Bazaar a success. For those of you who donated things and stayed to buy. The Hall was buzzing with throngs of unexpected buyers, probably mostly from the Greek School, for at least the first half of our short time there.

    I think Anastasia Hewson’s Tombola stall was by far and away the most popular stall.

    Thank you to Theano Llewelyn for making a note of the prize winners she was responsible for and was able to notify them of their winnings. For those of you who had to leave before the Raffle was drawn, we would be happy in future to make a note of your ticket(s) so that we can contact you should you win a prize. There were some really nice prizes.

    Ria Matthews was in charge of the Cake stall, together with Fay Strickland in the kitchen. I am told they did very well, with their band of helpers (Katerina, Maria, Lamara). Special thanks to the men (Ben Hewson, James Russell and Nikos Tsigaridas) who were brave enough to man three of the seven stalls.

    For those of you who helped behind the stalls/ kitchen, thank you so much for all your hard work, and to those who stayed behind to help clear up, and especially as we finished in good time.

    On the whole, we agree that it was a resounding success, particularly as it brought many of us together in a social context. Next year we hope to spend more time planning and advertising it, to make it even bigger and better. The profit made was much better than expected, for which we are truly grateful.

    Have a pleasant week. Our Christmas Service will be held on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    Kind regards,
    Calliope, President, On behalf of the Greek Orthodox
    Community of Reading.

    Letter from the Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain

    16 Nov 2015

    PDF Letter   

    Grateful thanks to Father Demetrianos Melekis

    10 Nov 2015

    We are grateful to Father Demetrianos Melekis for finding the English version of the Greek Anthem, for the celebration of the 28 October in our Church

    I shall always recognise you
    By the dreadful sword you hold,
    As the earth, with searching vision,
    You survey, with spirit bold.
    'Twas the Greeks of old whose dying
    Brought to birth our spirit free.
    Now, with ancient valour rising,
    Let us hail you, oh Liberty!
    Now, with ancient valour rising,
    Let us hail you, oh Liberty!
    Now, with ancient valour rising,
    Let us hail you, oh Liberty!

    Notice

    24 Oct 2015

    Our next AGM will be held on Sunday, 29th of November, 2015.
    Please note that this is the fifth Sunday of the month and we do have church. The meeting will be from 13:45 until 14:45, directly after the church Service. The meeting is open to church members only.

    Letter from the Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain

    8 Oct 2015

    Encyclical of Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain to the communities and the faithful of the holy archdiocese on the occasion of the new school year 2015-2016 of the school of Byzantine music.

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    English    Greek

    Icon Exhibition

    23 Sep 2015

    Sacred Space Gallery, London, from November 16 till November 30

    Letter from the Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain

    19 Sep 2015

    Encyclical of his Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Gritain to the Greek-Orthodox daytime and evening schools on the occasion of the beginning of the new school year 2015-2016.

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    English    Greek

    Visit by his Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios in the UK.

    16 Sep 2015

    *Vespers and Dinner in his Honour on Monday, 2nd November, 2015*

    His Holiness will preside in the Celebratory Vespers to be held at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Divine Wisdom, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London W2, and also address the congregation. In the evening of the same day at 8 p.m. approx. His Holiness will attend a Dinner in his honour at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP.

    TIicket price is £70 per person for those wishing to attend the Dinner after the 6 p.m. Vespers.

    SALE OF TICKETS for the Dinner given in honour of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios in the UK on Monday, 2nd November, 2015 can be bought well in advance directly to avoid disappointment from the Offices of the Community of St. Barnabas, the offices of local Communities (in our church's case: president@propheteliasreading.com by 11th October, so that tickets can be sent to me for dispatchment. Cheques to be made out to: 'Archdiocese of Thyateira' and sent to me no later than Sunday 11th October. (*Any later*, then send directly to Main Offices of the Archdiocese 5 Craven Hill, London W2 3EN).

    For further details please see Our Church Notice Board within the church at 94 Cranbury Road, Reading G30 2TA, which is our new address.

    Thank you.

    Calliope Jenkins

    Some Pictures from 13 September

    16 Sep 2015

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    First Service Pictures

    10 Sep 2015

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    NOTICE

    31 Aug 2015

    Dear Fellow Parishioners,

    A new Chapter begins for our Community; it has been a long time coming and now it’s here. Praise be to God.

    On Sunday, 6th September, 2015 at 11 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. we will be having our first Church service at St. Mark’s Church on 94 Cranbury Road, Reading RG30 2TA. It will be kept simple this Sunday, to allow us an opportunity to get to know our surroundings better and work out what can or cannot be done. Slowly we will be able to arrange our church things to make it a place of worship.

    Photographs on both our Website and FaceBook page. There will be no Greek School this Sunday. Greek School .

    For an update on our Greek School, please contact Andreas Despiniades, who is the Manager.

    In order to notify as many as possible I have sent group emails out to as many people as I could; to those who have given us their email addresses, called a number of people and now ask you to help spread the word, especially to people you know who do not have receive emails and would be interested in our good news.

    Please come along and join us on this momentous occasion. There will be light refreshments after church.

    On behalf of the Trustees and Parish Council of The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading, we look forward to seeing you all again and welcome all new comers

    Yours in Christ,




    Αγαπητά μέλη της ενορίας μας,

    Ένα νέο κεφάλαιο ξεκινάει για την κοινότητα μας, μετά από αρκετή καθυστέρηση. Δόξα στον Κύριο.

    Την Κυριακή, 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015, μεταξύ 11:00 πμ. και 13:30 μμ. περίπου, θα τελεστεί η πρώτη Θεία Λειτουργία στην εκκλησία του St. Mark's, με διεύθυνση 94 Cranbury Road, Reading RG30 2TA. Αυτή την Κυριακή, η τελετή θα είναι απλή, για να μπορέσουμε να γνωρίσουμε καλύτερα το χώρο, δηλαδή τι μπορεί να γίνει και τι όχι. Σιγά- σιγά, θα καταφέρουμε να οργανώσουμε την εκκλησία μας και θα μετατρέψουμε το νέο κτίριο σε τόπο λατρείας.

    Φωτογραφίες θα δημοσιευτούν στην ιστοσελίδα μας και το Facebook.

    Αυτή την Κυριακή, το Ελληνικό σχολείο δεν θα λειτουργήσει. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες, παρακαλούμε επικοινωνήσετε με το διευθυντή του σχολείου, κ. Ανδρέα Δεσποινιάδη.

    Έχω στείλει email σε όλους όσους γνωρίζω, και έχω επίσης τηλεφωνήσει αρκετούς. Παρακαλώ ανακοινώστε την επερχόμενη Θεία Λειτουργία, ειδικά σε όσους δεν λαμβάνουν email και θα ήθελαν να μάθουν τα καλά νέα.

    Παρακαλώ όπως παρευρεθείτε σε αυτό το σημαντικότατο γεγονός. Μετά τη Θεία Λειτουργία θα προσφερθούν καφές και σνακ.

    Εκ μέρους των Επιτρόπων και του Συμβουλίου της Ελληνικής Ορθοδόξου Κοινότητας του Reading, θα χαρούμε πολύ να σας δούμε ξανά και επίσης, να καλωσορίσουμε νέα μέλη.

    Με εν Χριστώ αγάπη,

    Calliope Jenkins

    Notice

     A letter from Fr Ian Graham (pdf download 24k)