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The second in a series of ecumenical prayer and study evenings considering the ancient Orthodox Faith..

Taking place at St Paul's Church of England, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, Father Peter Farrington will lead a study asking what should we say about Mary, the mother of Jesus?.

The evening will provide an interesting opportunity to study and discuss the teaching of the Bible as understood by the earliest Christians, the followers of the Apostles themselves.

Participants are welcome from all backgrounds and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

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On Saturday 15th March, the Orthodox Midlands Mission of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate organised a study day in Stoke on Trent as The Orthodox Way of Prayer.

Thanks to the kind hospitality of the Revd. Darren McIndoe and his congregation at St Paul’s, Burslem, participants from many different backgrounds came together to study the Orthodox spirituality of prayer in an atmosphere of friendship and Christian fellowship.

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The event began with Morning Prayer from the Coptic Daily Office, and then a series of short talks on various themes such as The Prayer of the Heart, Prayer with the Scriptures and Developing a Prayer Rule were interspersed with practical opportunities for prayer and discussion.

An excellent buffet lunch was provided by local supporters of the Orthodox Midlands Mission and there was a great deal of conversation over the shared food. The event concluded with the offering of the prayer of the Ninth Hour from the Coptic Daily Office.

The participants included priests and the faithful from Evangelical, Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds. Father Peter Farrington was especially pleased to be able to meet Father Samuel Carter of the Antiochian Orthodox Church who attended the study day with some of his congregation.

The next event in Stoke will be an hierarchical Liturgy, the first British Orthodox liturgy of the Orthodox Midlands mission on Saturday, April 12th, celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim. A second liturgy is planned for Saturday, June 7th at which an adult baptism will take place, and a second study day is already been planned to build on the success of The Orthodox Way of Prayer.

The first liturgy of the Orthodox Midlands Mission took place on Saturday, April 12th. His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim, the bishop of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, presided at the service together with Father Peter Farrington and Father David Seeds, assisted by Archdeacon Alexander and Deacon Daniel.

Five local candidates were received as catechumens by Father David Seeds..

Many ecumenical guests attended this important service at St Paul's, Burslem including Bishop Geoff, Suffragan Bishop of Stafford.

 

Our second Liturgy of the Orthodox Midlands Mission took place on Saturday, June 7th, the eve of the Feast of Pentecost. This exciting event included the baptisms of the first of those catechumens who were made members of the Orthodox Church.

Father Peter Farrington baptised the catechumens with the support and assitance of Father David Seeds who celebrated the Liturgy, from the British Orthodox Church of St Hubert in Cusworth, Doncaster. Two other local people were anointed with oil to become catechumens in preparation for their own baptisms.

Over 60 people gathered to support the candidates for baptism and to share in the Orthodox Liturgy. After the service a buffet lunch was shared by all and a time of warm and encouraging fellowship among Christians from different backgrounds was experienced.

This was the first in a series of ecumenical prayer and study evenings considering the ancient Orthodox Faith..

It took place at St Paul's Church of England, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, where Father Peter Farrington led an interesting study asking Who is Jesus Christ?.

The evening provided a fruitful opportunity to study and discuss the teaching of the Bible as understood by the earliest Christians, the followers of the Apostles themselves. Those who attended were from a range of backgrounds and enjoyed studying the Scriptures and the writings of the earliest Christians to discover how we should describe our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Son of God made man, and not as a simple man, a good teacher or a prophet.

Participants are welcome from all backgrounds and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

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