Upcoming Events

ENGLISH LITURGY   Our next English Liturgy will be on Wednesday, 19th November, 7 – 8.30pm, followed by refreshments under our hall. 

END OF YEAR SUNDAY SCHOOL CONCERT   will be held in our hall after the Liturgy on Sunday 30th November.  Rehearsals for children who are in the plays will be held in our hall on Saturdays 22nd and 29th November.

CHILDREN’S ENGLISH LITURGY and END OF YEAR GREEK SCHOOL CONCERT   will be held on Saturday 13th December.  From 9 till 10.30am we will have in our Church an English Liturgy especially geared for children. We encourage all children to come to this.  After this Liturgy there will be refreshments.  Then, in our hall, for those that are interested, the Greek school will have their end of year Concert.

ST IOANNIS FELLOWSHIP    This continues every Tuesday, 7.15 – 8.30pm.  We will be studying the life and writings of various Church Fathers.  (Fellowship will not be held on Tuesday 18th November due to English Liturgy that week)

CHRISTMAS CAROLS   This will be held in our hall on Monday 15th December, 7 - 8.30pm- we sing carols all together, then we have a story for children, then refreshments. 

MOVING OUR CHURCH   As many of you know, for some time we have been talking about moving our Church.   Where we are now is surrounded by very tall buildings, there is no room to develop and grow, provide services for our people, parking is very difficult, especially mid-week, etc.  The situation will only get worse, as mentioned in "The Telegraph" on 14 April, 2014, an $8B boom is predicted for Parramatta, over the next few years many skyscrapers will be built, many very close to where our Church is currently situated.  An opportunity came up to sell our Church and buy the Parramatta Workers club at 163-165 George St Parramatta.  This site is large, it is across the road from Parramatta River, behind it is a large park, it is peaceful, it has very ample parking, a large hall and facilities, all it needs to convert it to something suitable for us is for us to build a Church. We consulted widely, received the whole-hearted support and blessing of His Eminence our Archbishop and  the Archdiocese, and consulted our people.  We had 2 large forums where the issue was debated, and our people overwhelmingly supported our attempt to move.  The site was to be sold by a private tender process.  We are moved and joyous to announce that on 20th June 2014 the property became ours. For those of us that were involved in this journey, there were many blessings, and we could see plainly the hand of God and of our patron saint, St John the Forerunner, working.  Of course a long and hard journey awaits us, but we are looking forward to this with enthusiasm.

 

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From the Holy Fathers

“Christians, have we understood the great responsibility that we have taken on before God through baptism? Have we come to know that we must conduct ourselves as children of God, that we must align our will with the will of God, that we must remain free from sin, that we must love God with all our hearts and always patiently await union with Him? Have we thought about the fact that our heart should be so filled with love that it should overflow to our neighbour? Do we have the feeling that we must become holy and perfect, children of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven?

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