I'm so pleased you found Simon's reply helpful. I count myself very fortunate and blessed that he is my local priest.
Just a couple of small points. For what it is worth, the official Catholic view (my traditional spiritual home) is that we don't pray TO saints, but THROUGH them. We don't worship them, but seek their intercession with God on our behalf. Only God is worthy of worship. Even Mary, His mother, is not prayed to, but is perhaps the greatest intercessor. In this respect my understanding is that the Orthodox church holds the same view, although other aspects of the saints are somewhat different.
As for attending Orthodox services, please go along without hesitation. I knew nothing my first time, and so it was inevitably a bit strange. But I felt the warmth and love of God and His people. I felt at home and comfortable. It didn't matter that I did things wrong, what mattered was being there and being enveloped by God's love. I also had a sense of the antiquity of the Liturgy, stemming from the time of the Apostles themselves without significant change. It truly is as close to the way of the infant church as you can get. This means that it is also completely authentic and authoritative, and you can't get better than that!
We shall remember you in our prayers this evening when we meet in Portsmouth.
With love and prayers,