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Random question about Church building!
01-05-2010, 08:23 PM,
Random question about Church building!
Let me set an example. If the BOC was to form a group of people from Aylesbury that were interested in orthodoxy and wanted to convert to the BOC. And for the example, the BOC decided to open a new Church there, would they use a school hall or do they have to have there on building?

I know it is a random question but it is on my mind!
02-05-2010, 11:59 AM,
Dear Tom,

No, you don't have to have your own building. If you can get a school hall it can be adapted to the demands of the Litugry with a bit of furniture removal. In some senses it can be easier than an Anglican Church with a high altar.

Where two or three are gathered together - and a roof can be had (as a concession to the British climate) then we can be away. Of course, without a priest there is no Eucharist, but it is possible to have the other services - for a long time there were three of us doing the Evening service in Suffolk.

Best of luck with your endeavours.

In Christ,

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
02-05-2010, 01:04 PM,
Just another quest. How does one become an ordained priest in the BOC. The only reason I ask is for general interest not trying to become one!
Thank you
02-05-2010, 02:40 PM,
Dear Tom,

Assuming one has a vocation then certain things are needful. If you are married then your wife needs to be a member of the Orthodox Church. That being so, then your vocation will need to be tested. If you are wondering whether a spell in a seminary-type institution is necessary, the answer to that may well depend on any previous training you might have had.

I'm sure one of our priests will be happy to add more.

In Christ,

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
10-05-2010, 09:39 AM,
Dear Tom,
Christ is Risen
Thought you might like to read arrangements for setting up a British Orthodox mission. These were posted in different thread but you might not have seen them there so I copied them here. It says a venue is needed but that can be a school hall as you ask or in someone’s home. We might like our own church building but we don’t wait until then but get on with what we have got now. It does not have to be complicated but can be started real simple with three icons, three candles and a few prayer books.
Proposed British Orthodox Missions

General mission arrangements:

Regular Sunday? worship is to be one of the Hours from Glory to God (Agbia or Hours). (Teaching to be via cassettes, DVDs, books, discussion, etc ? with possible occasional visits from others).

The physical resources for such a service of prayer: a venue, Glory to God (Agbia or Hours) books, 3 icons (Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Mother of God and the saint under whose patronage the mission is dedicated), 3 candles (one in front of each icon). Suggested additional resource: a second icon of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, tin containing sand and short votive candles for people to light as they venerate this icon.

Initially the British Orthodox Church will help with funding the mission (when such funding is actually available which isnt always guaranteed at any given moment!) but the mission must, from its very beginning, work towards later self-funding. (The possibility of meeting in someones home initially may be one way of providing a venue and keeping costs down. It might also allow a slightly less formal ethos or atmosphere).

The aim of the committed members must be to attend a British Orthodox Liturgy for a minimum four times each year (approximately quarterly), including Holy Pascha the Paschal pilgrimage should aim to include Holy Thursday evening and Good Friday. These quarterly Liturgies are to be attended as a group, not merely by individuals (either in one or two cars depending on numbers or by minibus). They are a Liturgical pilgrimage for the members of the mission together. This quarterly Liturgical attendance and annual Paschal attendance is considered essential for grounding the mission within the Orthodox Liturgical cycle and as part of bringing the people into Orthodoxy.

Support and responsibilities:

The local co-ordinator is to be responsible for the practical running of the mission, the one running the mission on the ground with such back-up as may be available from clergy.

A priest is to have pastoral responsibility for the mission. This pastoral responsibility shall include being spiritual father to the co-ordinator and praying for the mission. It shall also include being there for the co-ordinator via phone and email. Should a priest become available to visit either for Evening Incense and/or Morning Incense and Divine Liturgy this should be seen as an extra in addition to the four quarterly Liturgical pilgrimages and not instead of these).

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