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Newsletter November 2017                           

Message from Father D                              

Standard bearing poles.

Our Archbishop Gregorios has kindly given us two poles with stands that are suitable for processional banners, similar to the one we have in church of the Holy Apostles.

 They require crosses to go on top and suitable banners. We have received a donation for a cross, and while we could transfer the existing cross and banner that we have, we are open to suggestions. A banner is likely to cost a minimum of £100, (and a cross about £50) please see Christos or myself if you'd like to consider donating one of the items.

 God bless you

Fr Dionysios.  

Sunday School

Sunday School will recommence on the 12th and 26 November.

Book review by Kim Murden

A while ago now, Andy and I were able to join Father Dionysius and Rebecca on a visit to the Romanian Orthodox Church in Birmingham on a Sunday afternoon after liturgy.

The church there were hosting Sister Magdalen from the monastery in Essex, a much sought-after speaker on raising children in the faith and a great support to parents grappling with the challenge of living Christian in a secular world.

What impressed me most about her message was the powerful combination of compassion for young people and a desire to provide strong guidance for them in life. She emphasised the importance of functional family life where children feel valued and listened to. But she also did not shy away from reminding parents of their responsibilities and the need to provide children with boundaries. She cautioned us to stay calm and to avoid outrage when our children get into trouble or start to push the boundaries. She spoke of times when we might have to let our children do something we don't really want them to do, citing the example of the mother who lets her fifteen-year-old daughter go to a party having explained her concerns and asking the daughter to stay safe. The mother, she said, would spent the night of the party in prayer and the daughter would feel glad that her mother trusted her and hopefully respond by behaving well.  She said we should be careful of presenting God as the one who wants to spoil all their fun.

 There are copies of sister Magdalen's books in the library.

 The smaller volume, Children in the Orthodox Church Today, is a practical easy to read guide to raising children in the faith. It included ideas for praying at home and making the most of feast days and fast days as well as tips for coping with the various challenges that parents will face over the years.

 The second book is longer, more intense. It is full of illustrations from Sister Magdalen's many years counselling and teaching children and young people as well as some quite meaty theology and doctrine. It explains the nature of a child's spiritual development and looks at how we use scripture and the teachings of the church to address their needs and build their faith at each stage of growth.

 

Roof Fund Appeal

We need to raise about £4000 for repairs and re-roofing to the flat roofs around the church hall and other general repairs to the outside walls as a matter of urgency. Please give to this appeal if you are able, letting Gregory know it is for that purpose.  Cheques should be made out to “Holy Apostles Orthodox Trust” and sent to 58 Kingswood Rd, Leyland, PR25 2UN. You may donate via Bacs: Lloyds TSB Sort Code: 30-96-85, Account 03316001, Ref: Your Surname, Roof fund. If you are a UK tax payer, please maximise your giving by completing the Gift Aid declaration.

 Thank you Fr Dionysios

Food Bank 

 There is now a collection box for the foodbank in the narthex as well as the church hall. Please add extra items that you may not have thought about donating are boxes of carton milk, tinned meat, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

Xpovia polla and happy name day to those celebrating their saint’s day in November.  Anyone who has not given Pres Rebecca their name day details please do so.

8 November

Archangel Michael

Alan Mellow

Michael Pratsas

Angi Adams

Michael Morcos

16 November

St Matthew

Biju Mathew

Matthew Emett

23 November

St George

George Galegashuili

25 November

Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria

Ekatirini Aliri

Katerina Moraitakis

Andreea Fard

30 November

St Andrew

Andrei Davidson

Anda Marinescu

Andreas Evangelos

Andrew Pratsas

Andrew Deaconos

 

 

 New details?

Please let me know if you have moved house, have a new telephone number or changed email address. Many thanks. rlhiggs@hotmail.co.uk 07890 208539

Members of the community who are unwell

If you or anyone you know from church is unwell please do let me know so that we can help in whatever way we can. Thank you.  

 

Church Hall

We are happy to let you know that our church hall is being utilised on a regular basis, but if you know of anyone who is looking for hall space then please speak to a member of the committee. It has also been decided to make the hall available for children’s birthday parties, so please spread the word! There will be a leaflet printed shortly which may be used to advertise the hall for the parties. If you would like some then please speak to a member of the committee.

 

Newsletter inclusions

The deadline for any announcements, news, Christian book reviews or articles is the 26th of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. If you wish for it to be included for more than one month, then please specify the length of time. All items may be emailed to Nicky at ntpratsas@yahoo.com.       

Services and Events for November 2017

Date

Time

Service/Event

1st November

7:00pm

Vespers

5th November

10:30am

Holy Liturgy

8th November

7:00pm

Vespers

12th November

10:30am

Holy Liturgy

Sunday school

15th November

7:00pm

Vespers

19th November

10:30am

Holy Liturgy

22nd November

7:00pm

Vespers

 

26 November

10:30am

Holy Liturgy

Sunday school

29th November

7:00pm

Vespers

 

*No services in Dalton-in-Furness this month.