Church Attendance during Covid-19
Please DO NOT attend church if you have a fever, sore throat and/or flu like symptoms. If you have such symptoms please ensure you get tested for COVID-19.
You no longer need to book to come to a Church Service. However, we must adhere to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule, which equates to about 75 persons within our Church. Persons will be allocated within the Church on a first in first serve basis inclusive of an allocation inside the Church of 5 persons for memorial services. Once there are more than 75 persons within our Church, parishioners will be directed to our hall where the Liturgy will be projected and heard.
Now that as many as want to can attend Church, we will no longer be livestreaming our Services. Livestreaming will be available from other Parishes.
English Liturgies, Adult Bible Study Group, and Youth Groups
All these initiatives are in are in English.
We hold English Divine Liturgies once a month, our next one will be on Saturday 19 December 9 – 10.30am.
Every Tuesday from February till early December we have a Bible Study class for adults from 7.15 till 8.30pm in the classroom above our hall. (The only exceptions are on weeks when we have an English Liturgy on the Wednesday, and on the Tuesday before and after Pascha).
We have a Youth Group for boys from Years 8 to 12 on Saturdays 5 – 6.45pm.
Beginning in February 2021 we are planning to have spiritaul talks for young people aged 18 – 30 in our hall on Sunday evenings. This initiative will be introduced during a spiritual talk for youth and young adults organised by “Greek Orthodox Youth” of our Archdiocese. This talk will be held in our hall on Sunday 6 December.
Fundraiser for Orthodox Missions in Africa and Asia
This will occur in the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios in the hall of St Paraskevi Blacktown from 5.30pm on Sunday 22 November. Due to the pandemic only limited numbers can physically attend, however the event can be viewed on YouTube livestream, and donations can be made online on http://sharewiththeworld2020-goaa.org.au/
Greek Welfare Centre Christmas Appeal
On Wednesday 11 November 9am – 5pm staff will be available at the entrance of our hall to receive the following to help the needy:
Monetary donations, Cans and Packaged Food Items, Clothing, Manchester, Household Items, Games, Gifts, Toys.
You can also donate online on: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust- Greek Welfare Centre BSB 082057 A/C 616961280
Blood Donation Drive
His Eminence Archbishop Makarios is encouraging all our faithful who are between 18 and 70 years of age to donate blood. He has announced a “Blood Drive” which will be held between Saturday 24 October and 15 December. If you would like to participate, then:
Book a donation here (Note the closest donor centre for most of us will probably be the Parramatta Donor Centre which is next to Woolworths in Rosehill)
- To make your donation count towards St Ioannis Greek Orthodox Church Parramatta, click here and then click on “Join a Team”, then click: Teams > My Team and then start typing St Ioannis…
Feeding the Homeless
We now feed to homeless and poor every Wednesday evening. For more details go to Feeding the Homeless