The Domestic Church
provisions for ongoing church life while our building is closed during the pandemic
Why we have not re-opened St Aidan’s for services:
If you are looking for the Daily Bible Readings Guide and the Talks Study Note Directory, see the Archive Page Link at item 9.
If you are looking for our Thursday 6pm (London) weekly published Quiz based on our E-Quip Course for Orthodox Faith and Life, see the link at item 11.
How the Church is still working and thriving during the pandemic: –
All broadcast times are of course set to London.
- 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.
- Broadcasting the Services: Each Sunday and on some other 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 social media, live and recorded. Other services will be broadcast as announced in the Calendar of Services (below).
- 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).
- 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)
- 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). These may take some time to develop and mature, but by God’s grace, we will get there! If you can help with any of these, or make use of them, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For those who give to the work of our church by envelopes (which is ongoing) … this method is cancelled for the duration of the pandemic. Please consider setting up a bank standing order to continue your contributions. This will be much appreciated. You can also give (with Gift Aid if appropriate) using your mobile phone. Please email me at email@example.com for more information. Thank you.
- Please do read this excellent, informative and personally challenging article by Fr Emmanuel: Facing Reality
- 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
- We invite you to follow Fr Gregory’s Vlog Broadcasts (4pm GMT/BST 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 4pm Vlog Schedule
The Study Materials (including Daily Scripture Readings Guide) that are referenced in the broadcasts are to be found here: Study Archive Page.
- If you want to see what books we have for sale (bank pay and collect) see here: – Bookstore Stock for Sale
- 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.
- Here’s a great inspirational Guide from Fr Emmanuel on: – Living with the Lord and the Pandemic
- 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
- Government Guidance for Churches wishing to open for services from 4th July 2020.
- The Metropolitan’s Instruction for Parishes wishing to open for Services from 4th July 2020.
- Why Cannot We Go Back to St Aidan’s just yet (July 2020) – The Final Chapter.
- An article by Fr Emmanuel: The Pandemic and You and Me – Integrating Faith and Reason
- 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
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)
(Church Building Temporarily Closed)
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
Dormition Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
The Transfiguration of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
St. Theoctitus, bishop of Chernigov (1123).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Hardulph, hermit of Breedon in Leicestershire (7th C).
1 Corinthians 14:6-19; Matthew 20:17-28
For the Commemoration: 2 Peter 1:10-19; Matthew 17:1-9
Note: To keep up-to-date with Today’s Saints and Today’s Reading, please go to The Month’s Saints and Readings page.