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British Orthodox Day Conference
23-03-2008, 08:41 PM,
British Orthodox Day Conference
The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria

A Vision for British Orthodoxy

A Day Conference
British Orthodox Clergy & Laity
members of the
British Orthodox Fellowship
St. Andrew?s, Mickfield, Suffolk
Saturday, 10 May 2008
10.00 a.m. ? 6.00 p.m.

?And He said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God ? or with what comparison shall we compare it ? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it growth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.? ? St. Mark IV; 30-32


09.30-10.00 Registration & Morning Coffee
10.00-10.30 Morning Prayer
10.30-11.00 Welcome & Introduction
Subdeacon Peter Farrington
11.00-11.45 ?Less than all the seeds that be in the earth?, a talk by Abba Seraphim, Metropolitan of Glastonbury.
11.45?12.30 Lunch
12.30-1400 Sowing the seeds: Theory into Practice
Three short presentations & discussion.
Chaired by Archdeacon Alexander Astill
1. Orthodox and evangelism
Subdeacon Peter Farrington
2. Extending Fellowship
Professor John Charmley
3. British Orthodoxy & the churches
Subdeacon Michael Kennedy
14.00-14.30 Free time. Private meeting of Priests? Council (and Full Deacons) with Abba Seraphim.
14.30-16.00 Growing up: A shared ministry
Three short presentations & discussion.
Chaired by Professor John Charmley
1. Women & Orthodoxy
Sheila Smyth
2. A wider diaconate
Father Simon Smyth
3. What we expect of the Priesthood
Father Seraphim Mina
16.00-16.30 Tea Break
16.30-17.15 ?Greater than all herbs?
A presentation by Peter Farrington.
17.30-18.00 The Raising of Evening Incense
23-03-2008, 08:44 PM,
Details of Day Conference

Mickfield, Suffolk is 12 miles north of Ipswich, 5 miles east of Stowmarket and 3 miles west of Debenham.
Postcode: IP14 5LH
Nearest Railway: Stowmarket (5 miles)
Road Directions from Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and the South: Take the A140 Northbound from Needham market for 5KM. Take the A1120 Right toward Yoxford for 1.5 KM. Fork left toward Mill Green at the 'three cocked hat' where you will see some large trees in the centre of the three roads. Follow the narrow road for 1Km, then keep left at the fork. St. Andrew?s Church is among trees on your left at the crossroads after 1 KM
Road Directions from Norwich and the North:
Coming from Norwich, follow the A140 southbound to Earl Stonham, Take the A1120 left toward Yoxford for 1.5 KM. Fork left toward Mill Green at the 'three cocked hat' where you will see some large trees in the centre of the three roads. Follow the narrow road for 1Km, then keep left at the fork. St. Andrew?s Church is among trees on your left at the crossroads after 1 KM

Please detach and send to BOC Secretariat, 10 Heathwood Gardens, London, SE7 8EP

I intend to be present at the Day Conference at Mickfield on Saturday, 10 May.

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There is a recommended contribution of ?10 per person towards the cost of lunch and light refreshments during the day. Cheques should be made payable to The British Orthodox Church.
23-03-2008, 08:47 PM,
Abba Seraphim on British Orthodox Day Conference

21 March, 2008

My dear Fathers and Brethren,

British Orthodox Day Conference,
Saturday, 10 May 2008

The British Orthodox Church has arranged a Day Conference for 10 May, which is not just for the clergy but also for lay members of the Church, to which we are also extending an invitation to our wider circle of catechumens, friends and supporters within the British Orthodox Fellowship.

Although the British Orthodox Church is ?committed to the restoration of Orthodoxy among the indigenous population? and desires to ?provide a powerful witness to the Orthodox Faith and Tradition in an increasingly secular society? we recognise that these objectives require the goodwill and support of a far wider group of Christians than our own members. We have brethren in other churches who share our fidelity to Apostolic Faith and Order and there are some who are still seeking after Truth. We want to explore more ways in which we can be co-workers in mission. At the same time we also need to make full use of our limited resources and more fully employ the talents of all our members.

I would encourage your support for this Day Conference. I pray that Almighty God will enable it to be a blessing for us all and an inspiration in the days ahead.

Affectionately in XP,

+ Seraphim
25-03-2008, 06:31 PM,
John-- I am thinking about borrowing my neighbors bass boat for that weekend, and assuming I make it across (and can find a place to dock), could you pick me up at the coast somewhere before you head to Diss Station? There might even be a few choice fish in the boat that I would be willing to share! Smile --Rick

PS Does your car have an air freshener?
26-03-2008, 07:16 PM,
Boats and Planes
Dear Rick,

Balloon might do it - either that, or I'll have to put the air conditioning on in the car - which given the current temperature should freeze us, if not the fish.

As ever,

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)
26-03-2008, 07:28 PM,
It would be really great if you could come over Rick. Anytime, even if not for May 10th.

One day I hope to make it over to North America, as I have friends in quite a few places. If I do then I'll make sure to visit Ohio!

27-03-2008, 12:25 PM,
Thanks Peter, I appreciate 'your' comments, I would love to visit the UK or if you are ever in my neck of the woods it would be great if we could get together. Thanks for taking me seriously, unlike your esteemed colleague, who shall not be named . . . honestly John, I am beginning to suspect you are making sport of my proposed voyage. Let's be for real here! Even if one of my neighbors actually had a balloon that I could borrow, I don't know how to steer one of these. There's no telling where I would end up. I would be liable to blow into somewhere like Russia and cause an international incident. And, consider the cost, by the time I hire a balloon pilot to fly me over to the UK . . . this could have paid for the gas for two trips in the bass boat! Seriously John, one must use one's head when making such decisions in order to not make foolish decisions. Actually, the way I have it pictured is as I begin approaching the UK, the UK press gets wind of this and then possibly the Queen reads about this and decides to send out the Royal Navy to escort me in on the final leg--possibly even a band will be there playing as I pull up and tie off. Yes, much better than a balloon all things considered. Well I have to go now, they say it is time for me to take my medicine.

Thanks again Peter, I am English, Irish, and German. I have actually desired to visit these countries in the past, and now after 'meeting' you and your cohort, I have an extra incentive to visit England.

Now I'll be quiet so you can get back to the business of filling up your car for the conference.

In Christ,
27-03-2008, 12:50 PM,
Dear Rick,

And there I was seeing you as Phileas Fogg, voyaging around at least half the world.

I can chart the flight now - north to Canada where a great waft of hot air from a source familiar to us both would waft you high over the Atlantic until you came across the north of England (another waft of hot air from the general area of Leeds might help here) and then landed nicely near Diss. 'Steer' - you mean you don't just get in 'em and the wind listeth where it will? That's another illusion shattered :lol: And, say you did float too far north to Russia, well I'm sure they'd be OK with you - provided you spoke old Church Slavonic and didn't tell them about us; we'd play along :roll:

How could you think I wasn't being serious :wink: I just wanted you to avoid the Bermuda Triangle where the Da vinci code has hidden the Holy Grail :!:

Mind you - it would be wonderful if, at some point, we could meet up - I'd be on the balloon like that!


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)

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