The Domestic Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ARCHDIOCESAN CALENDAR ORDERS: For the parish please contact Fr Gregory.  For everyone else please go here.

Unfortunately the Hatherlow Building Offer we made in September was not accepted, so the search for a new and larger building goes on.

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Why we have not re-opened St Aidan’s for services: Our Policy Statement

This is our plan, blessed by our bishop, for reopening St Aidan’s when effective vaccines and/or medications become more readily available.  St Aidan’s Reopening Plan

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How the Church is still working and thriving during the pandemic: –
  1. The church building has closed because it is too small to accommodate more than 15/20 people with social distancing in the congregation at any one time.  We are also convinced that in our small space we cannot ensure a safe environment for worship, and it certainly puts too many restrictions on how we worship as Orthodox Christians.  However, in Christ and the Holy Spirit we are never distant from each other.  Today we have wonderful technologies to make that real while we wait for the pandemic to end.
  2. Broadcasting the Services: Each Sunday and on feast days, Fr Gregory is serving the Liturgy from home at 10.15 am.  Brother Daniel offers Reader’s Vespers and Matins from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm on Saturday evenings weekly. This is being broadcast on Facebook, live and recorded.  Other services will be broadcast as announced in the Calendar of Services (below). All broadcast times are set to London.
  3. Holy Communion – Read St Basil the Great here on how you can commune at home: St Basil the Great, Letter 93 (to Caesaria). All of this is explained in much more detail in our brochure which you can download from this link: The-Domestic Church (Provisions and Instructions for the Sacraments), 3rd Edition (3rd June 2020).
  4. Here are the instructions to watch the Sunday Liturgy, live or recorded: Divine Liturgy Broadcasting Guide and Instructions.
    Liturgy Facebook Timeline (which you need to follow): Facebook (Father Gregory)
    Vespers/Matins Facebook Timeline (which you need to follow): Facebook (Brother Daniel)
  5. There are four Sector ministries of the “Domestic Church” going forward:- The Spiritual Directory (Broadcast services and prayer); The Pastoral Directory (Confession, Spiritual Direction and friendly chats over the phone); The Education Directory (Published Bible Studies, All Age Christian Education including E-Quip and Followers) and The Mission and Service Directory (evangelism and service in the community – within public health regulations).  
  6. For those who give to the work of our church by envelopes … this method is cancelled for the duration of the pandemic.  Please consider setting up a bank standing order to continue your contributions.  This preferred method will be much appreciated. St Theodore Ecclesiastical Trust (Registered Charity No. 1029085) which funds this parish continues to be the beneficiary of your donations.  If you shop at Amazon you can also have this company donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Church Trust.  See the banner link below for details.
    If you prefer to make occasional gifts, you can do that through online banking if you have that service.  Contact Father Gregory  for the Church’s bank account details.
    If you do not use online banking you may also give using the mobile app GIVT (with a Gift Aid option) by scanning the Q code opposite into the app.
  7. Please do read this excellent, informative and personally challenging article by Fr Emmanuel: Facing Reality
  8. It is vitally important that all of us can be better informed about the SCIENCE of this pandemic in an easy to understand format.  Please follow my guide and resources for this, including how scientific research and faith complement each other.  Corona Virus – the Science
  9. We invite you to follow Fr Gregory’s Vlog Broadcasts (7.30 pm London on Tuesdays and Fridays) on his Facebook Timeline.  Instructions for this may be found on the Study Archive Page link below.
    The Schedule of Forthcoming Talks may be found here: Tuesday 7.30 pm Vlog Schedule
    The Study Materials (including Daily Scripture Readings Guide) that are referenced in the broadcasts are to be found here: Study Archive Page.
  10. If you want to see what books we have for sale (bank pay and collect) see here: – Bookstore Stock for Sale
    Also please see this range of Childrens’ Lives of the Saints:Kids Paterikon Booklets
  11. Here, on THIS site you will find our Quizzes (published weekly by 6 pm [London] on Thursday evenings) based on our Archdiocesan E-Quip Talks.  Go here: – E-Quip Quizzes
    You do not need to read the relevant E-Quip talks to complete the Quiz.  Why not have a go?!  We have tried to make them fun to do.
  12. Here’s a great inspirational Guide from Fr Emmanuel on: – Living with the Lord and the Pandemic
  13. More from Fr Emmanuel – in my opinion, the best science and the best theology! (Fr Gregory)  Covid-19 Facing a Pandemic with Love, Resilience and Vaccines
  14. Government Guidance for Churches wishing to open for services from 4th July 2020.
  15. The Metropolitan’s Instruction for Parishes wishing to open for Services from 4th July 2020.
  16. Why Cannot We Go Back to St Aidan’s just yet (July 2020) – The Final Chapter.
  17. An article by Fr Emmanuel: The Pandemic and You and Me – Integrating Faith and Reason
  18. A short advisory on what we can do to weather the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: – Us and the Virus — Our Behaviour Matters
  19. Of special relevance for the pandemic: Does God protect us in times of danger? How?
  20. The Second Lockdown Regulations (5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020, to be reviewed)  may be found here: Regulations – (see section 5)

Welcome to St. Aidan's Orthodox Church

St. Aidan’s belongs to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland. We are in communion with all the other Orthodox Churches worldwide, Antioch being one of the ancient sees of the Christian Church, (Acts 11:26)

Regular Services

(Church Building Temporarily Closed)

Sunday Broadcast:

Divine Liturgy: 10.15 am

Other services as per Calendar (to the right) ALL BROADCAST AND NOT FOR THE MOMENT IN CHURCH (see above).

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
John 14: 6 – 7

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

Today’s Saints

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Holy and All-Praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)

Commemorations:
St. Frumentius, archbishop of and Enlightener of Ethiopia (c.380). St. Alexander, bishop of Mithymna on Lesbos.

British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tudwal, bishop in Wales and Brittany (6th C).

Today’s Readings

1 Timothy 1:1-7; Luke 19:37-44
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16John 1:35-51

Note: To keep up-to-date with Today’s Saints and Today’s Reading, please go to The Month’s Saints and Readings page.

This month’s Saints and Readings can be viewed here.