On 12 April the new BOC Stoke Mission at Stoke-on-Trent hosted its first celebration of the Divine Liturgy. This memorable event took place at St Paul’s Church, Church Square, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4BY and was celebrated by Abba Seraphim, assisted by Fathers David Seeds, Peter Farrington, Archdeacon Alexander Astill, Deacon Daniel Malyon and Reader Petrous Louis, on his first visit to the UK from Melbourne. The celebration received warm support from our ecumenical partners and especially from the Suffragan Bishop of Stafford, (The Right Rev’d Geoff Annas), who also attended.
Following the Raising of Morning Incense, Father David received four local enquirers as catechumens with prayer and anointing with oil. There are now five adult catechumens in Stoke preparing for baptism and the first of these will take place on 7 June. Father Peter plans to visit Stoke on a fortnightly basis to build up the Mission, when he will celebrate the Liturgy, share a communal meal with them and lead a study & instruction session.
During his homily, Father Peter used the Gospel account of the raising of Lazarus to illustrate our need for commitment and responsiveness to the divine call. Following the liturgy, all those present shared a buffet lunch and time of Christian fellowship.
On Saturday, March 15th, Father Peter Farrington will be leading an ecumenical study day at St Paul’s Church of England, Burslem, Stoke on Trent. This event is the first public activity of the Orthodox Midlands mission in Stoke and has already drawn the interest of clergy and laity from many local congregations representing various Christian traditions in the Stoke on Trent area.
This exciting and interesting day of prayer and study has been organised as The Orthodox Way of Prayer. This will take place in Burslem, Stoke on Trent on Saturday, March 15th, and all are welcome to come and experience a taste of the Orthodox spiritual life of prayer.
Saturday 15th March
Orthodox Way of Prayer : 9:30 am – 15:30 pm
St Paul’s, Burslem, Stoke on Trent
Registration and coffee begins at 9:30, a light lunch will be provided, and the event will conclude at 15:30.
The programme will include:
Orthodox Morning Prayer
What is Prayer?
Morning Coffee Break
The Prayer of the Heart
The Prayer of the Liturgy
Prayer with the Scriptures
Developing a Prayer Rule
Afternoon Coffee Break
Orthodox Afternoon Prayer
All are most warmly invited to this event, and we would be grateful if you shared this information with any others who might be interested. We also have a website with details at www.orthodoxmidlands.co.uk.
To allow us to plan for refreshments and teaching materials it would be very helpful to us if you replied to this email indicating that you intend to participate.