The British Orthodox Church
Metropolis of Glastonbury

Welcome to The British Orthodox Church website

The British Orthodox Church is a small autonomous Orthodox jurisdiction, originally deriving from the Syrian Orthodox Church. It was canonically part of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria from 1994-2015, before amicably returning to its original status in order to fulfil its mission more effectively.

That mission is to the people of the British Isles, regardless of their ethnic and cultural background and is not the preserve of any one people. Orthodoxy is about the faith we hold (‘right belief’) and the way we worship. By maintaining the two thousand year tradition and life of Orthodox Christianity, we witness to the universal patrimony which belongs to all Christians. Yet conscious of our own religious history, we have a deep appreciation of the Orthodox heritage of these islands.

Discover the Orthodox Faith for yourself

The British Orthodox Church has been approached by a growing number of enquirers over the past few years, and it has been plain that a new way of allowing people to discover Orthodoxy was urgently needed.

The British Orthodox Fellowship attempts to answer to that need. It is a dispersed community of friends, enquirers and members of the British Orthodox Church, who are united in their desire to discover how the Orthodox Faith can help them develop and deepen their Christian life.

Event Calendar

March  2017
  • Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Bournemouth
    10.00 Raising of Incense
    10.30 Divine Liturgy
  • Pilgrimage to Shrine of St. Chad

    Meet up 11:00 am outside the front entrance of the cathedral


Upcoming events

2 Apr
Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Doncaster
Raising of Incense – 9:45am
Divine Liturgy – 10:30am
Raising of Incense: Babingley
10:00 Raising of Incense
10.30 Divine Liturgy
9 Apr
Raising of Incense & Divine Liturgy: Doncaster
Raising of Incense – 9:45am
Divine Liturgy – 10:30am
Morning Incense & Divine Liturgy: Chatham
Raising of Incense: 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy: 10:30 am
13 Apr
Holy Thursday: Doncaster
7.30 p.m. Laqqan (foot washing) and Divine Liturgy