On Wednesday, 21st January, the first liturgy of the British Orthodox Community of St Martin in Swindon was celebrated in the Church of St Mary, Commonweal Road, Swindon. The Church had been made available thanks to the kind hospitality of the Dean of Swindon, the Revd. Simon Stevenette, who has been entirely and generously supportive of our British Orthodox missionary activity in the town.
The small, 1960s building is just the right size for our Community and has an attached hall and kitchen, providing all the necessary facilities for worship, fellowship and teaching.
On this occasion of the first liturgy there were 14 people present, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. Some were people that have been associated with the British Orthodox Church for some time, as members or catechumens. Others were young families of Orthodox. While one couple Pentecostal couple found our liturgy entirely providentially and joined in with great enthusiasm.
An opportunity for fellowship and refreshment followed the liturgy. On the next celebration we hope that some of those known to us who were unable to attend will be present with us.
The next two liturgies are:
Wednesday, 18th February, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 25th March, 6:30 pm
The Church of St Mary is at Commonweal Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4LB