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New but not - JGHunter - 16-11-2013
Hi, me and my wife started attending a Greek Orthodox church with an English speaking service back in March. We have no been chrismated and we both come from protestant backgrounds, though I think I can say neither of us were ever more than apologists. We really enjoy the Orthodox liturgy but our church is too far away (what with rising living costs!) and we're on low wages so just cannot afford the petrol to drive for half an hour (at least) and back so we are currently quite on our own as we know of no local Orthodox either in an official capacity or just some people who we can relate to. We live in West Berks which is strongly Anglican protestant (our town played host to Henry VIII on at least one occasion) so most do not even know anything about Orthodoxy, let alone have an opinion on it and we're not really in a position to expand greatly on how Orthodoxy is different without possibly saying things about catechism which aren't true so I'm here hopefully to find some nearby Orthodox who we can spend time or have fellowship with.
RE: New but not - Antony-Paul - 19-11-2013
Dear Mr Hunter,
I have only just received your enquiry - sorry for any delay.
Sadly, the BOC is rather sparse on the ground. I note your travel limitations and where you live, and cannot see an immediate answer to your problem. There are two communities on the south coast, at Bournemouth and Portsmouth, but they would exceed your half-hour fuel limit. One possibility might be Windsor, meeting a short way from the M4.
You would not be alone in being rather a long way from anyone else, this is common in our Church. However, we do manage to meet for worship as often as possible, and we maintain our contact both here on the Forum and through our daily prayers. If this is of interest by all means get back to me and I'll see if I can be more specific in my suggestions.
One final thought: many of our parishes only meet for the Divine Liturgy once a month, so perhaps you could save up some fuel money for a month or two and then join us whenever you are able.