Church opens again for public worship

posted 1 Jul 2020, 11:30 by Saint Charalambos

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

On Sunday the 5th of July 2020, St Charalambos Greek Orthodox Church will once again open for public worship.  There will still be restrictions and we must all still do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus to protect each other, especially the most vulnerable. Thus, in accordance with the government guidelines on “restrictions to capacity”, services will take place with a congregation limited to a maximum of 15 people at any one time. Once the maximum number of 15 people has been reached, entry to the Church will close until the end of the service.

Fr Nicholas is looking into the possibility of holding a service on Saturday morning, in order to avoid the church being overcrowded on Sundays. Please contact us if you are interested in that.

As the government guidance advises that “the ceremonies and services should be concluded in the shortest reasonable time”, the service will commence at 8.30 am with Matins (Orthros) and the Divine Liturgy will follow at approximately 9.30 am. Memorial Services will be conducted after the Liturgy has finished and the church has been sanitized. Please get in touch with us to make the necessary arrangements.

Please follow the guidance on hand hygiene. Queue management is also important so the flow of groups in and out of the church can be carefully controlled in a socially distanced way, reducing the risk of congestion or contact. When queueing to receive Holy Communion continue to observe social distancing. Parents are responsible for their children's safety.

The Government Guidance stipulates that “Individuals should be prevented from touching or kissing objects that are handled communally” and we kindly request you to observe this rule. Please observe social distancing as much as you can. Worshippers are encouraged to wear face coverings to offer protection to others. Once the Liturgy is completed, we kindly ask you to depart promptly, to minimise the risk of contact and spread of infection.

None of these rules detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance. Let us not forget St Paul’s advice “Let all things be done decently and in order... For God is not the author of confusion but of peace”. Please do follow the instructions of the church committee members who are volunteers and try their best “Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

Let us give thanks to the Lord for being able to meet in His House and let us keep on praying that He will have mercy on us and deliver us from this fearful plague and all other sorrows and calamities.

Biserica noastră

posted 25 Jun 2019, 11:10 by Saint Charalambos   [ updated 26 Jun 2019, 11:58 ]

Biserica noastră depinde de voi, membrii noștri. Biserica Ortodoxa în Regatul Unit nu este sprijinită de guvern și nici nu există fonduri centrale bisericești. Din punct de vedere financiar, biserica ortodoxă din Anglia este independentă și autofinanțată. Toate cheltuielile sunt responsabilitatea membrilor noștri.

 

Gift Aid

Dacă lucrați în Regatul Unit și plătiți impozit (TAX), biserica noastră pentru ca este înregistrată ca si Trust, poate să primească 25% din contribuția dumneavoastră pentru fiecare Gift Aid fără niciun cost pentru voi.

 

De exemplu, dacă ați dat bisericii noastre £10.00, bifând GIFT AID, biserica poate să primească de la stat 25% din valoarea dată, astfel se mărește donația dumneavoastră la £12.50. Puneți darul vostru în plicul de Gift Aid și nu uitați să scrieți adresa, post cod-ul, data și semnătura dumneavoastră.

 

Standing Orders

Standing Order-ele sunt și ele de mare ajutor, pentru că furnizează parohiei o sursă de bani regulată și de încredere. Așa putem să facem planuri mai eficiente pe termen lung. Dacă puteți să plătiți ceva regulat în fiecare lună, completați formularul și duceți-l la Banca voastră.

 

Membru

Fiecare persoană botezată are dreptul să devină membru al parohiei noastre. Pentru aceasta vă rugăm să completați formularul de membru. Onorariul nominal este de £6.00 anual, cotizație pe care o puteți plăti bifând Gift Aid. Acesta se reînnoiește în fiecare an în luna iunie, când se încheie anul financiar al bisericii. Când sunteți membru, puteți să participați din plin în dezvoltarea bisericii voastre putând și noi să comunicăm mai ușor cu voi.

Η Εκκλησία μας

posted 25 Jun 2019, 11:09 by Saint Charalambos

Η εκκλησία μας εξαρτάται από εσάς, τα μέλη μας. Η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο δεν υποστηρίζεται άμεσα από την κυβέρνηση του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου, ούτε από τις κυβερνήσεις της Ελλάδας ή της Κύπρου. Επίσης δεν υπάρχει κεντρικό εκκλησιαστικό ταμείο. Οι εκκλησίες μας εδώ είναι οικονομικά ανεξάρτητες και αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενες από την κοινότητα που υπηρετούν. Έτσι, σε αυτή την εκκλησία, το σύνολο των εξόδων λειτουργίας και συντήρησης καλύπτονται εξ ολοκλήρου από τις συνεισφορές των ανθρώπων που παρευρίσκονται στις ακολουθίες.

 

Το σύστημα Επιστροφής Φόρου (Gift Aid)

Εάν εργάζεστε στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και πληρώνετε φόρο, η εκκλησία μας, ως ανεγνωρισμένο φιλανθρωπικό ίδρυμα, μπορεί να απαιτήσει από την κυβέρνηση 25% (τον κανονικό συντελεστή φόρου + 5%) για κάθε εισφορά που κάνετε μέσω του προγράμματος Επιστροφής Φόρου (Gift Aid) [όσο οι εισφορές για το έτος δεν υπερβαίνουν τον φόρο που πληρώνετε κατά τη διάρκεια του έτους]. Έτσι, χωρίς επιπλέον κόστος για εσάς, η δωρεά σας αυξάνεται κατά 25%.

Για παράδειγμα, αν δώσετε £10 δωρεά χαρακτηρισμένη ως Gift Aid στην εκκλησία, η εκκλησία απαιτεί το 25% του φόρου και αυξάνει τη δωρεά σας σε £12.50.

Συμπληρώστε ένα έντυπο Gift Aid Form. Βεβαιωθείτε ότι έχετε γράψει τη διεύθυνση και τον ταχυδρομικό κώδικα και έχετε βάλει την υπογραφή σας και την ημερομηνία.

 

Πάγιες Εντολές μεταφοράς Σταθερού Ποσού (Standing Orders)

Οι Πάγιες Εντολές μεταφοράς Σταθερού Ποσού είναι ιδιαίτερα χρήσιμες, καθώς παρέχουν στην ενορία ένα προβλέψιμο, σταθερό εισόδημα, το οποίο μας βοηθά να σχεδιάζουμε πιο αποτελεσματικά. Εάν είστε σε θέση να κάνετε τακτικές μηνιαίες πληρωμές, συμπληρώστε ένα έντυπο Πάγιας Εντολής μεταφοράς Σταθερού Ποσού  (Standing Order) και δώστε το στην τράπεζά σας.

 

Ιδιότητα μέλους

Όλα τα βαπτισμένα μέλη της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας δικαιούνται να γίνουν μέλη της ενορίας. Παρακαλώ συμπληρώστε το έντυπο εγγραφής. Υπάρχει μια συμβολική συνδρομή £6.00 ανά έτος, η οποία μπορεί να πληρωθεί με τη μορφή Gift Aid. Αυτό πρέπει να ανανεώνεται κάθε χρόνο τον Ιούνιο, που είναι ο τελευταίος μήνας του οικονομικού έτους της εκκλησίας μας. Ως μέλος, μπορείτε να συμμετάσχετε πλήρως στην ανάπτυξη της ενορίας και μπορούμε να επικοινωνήσουμε μαζί σας πιο εύκολα.

Our Church

posted 25 Jun 2019, 11:07 by Saint Charalambos   [ updated 26 Jun 2019, 11:58 ]

Our church depends on you, our members. The Orthodox Church in the UK is not supported directly by the government of UK or the governments of Greece/Cyprus. Nor is there any central church fund. Our Churches here are financially independent and self-funded by the community that they serve. So, in this church, all the costs of running and maintenance are met entirely by contributions from the people who attend.

 

The Gift Aid scheme

If you work in the UK and pay tax, the church, as a registered charity, can claim back 25% (the Standard Rate of Tax + 5%) from the government for any contribution you make through the Gift Aid scheme (as long as your contributions for the year do not exceed the tax you pay in the year). So at no extra cost to you, your donation is increased to us by 25%.

 

For example, if you give a £10 Gift Aid donation to the church, the church claims back the 25% tax and increases your donation to £12.50. Fill in a Gift Aid Form and be sure to write your full address & Post Code and sign and date it.

 

Standing Orders

Standing orders are particularly helpful, as they provide the parish with a predictable, steady income, which helps us to plan more effectively. If you are able to make regular monthly payments, then complete a Standing Order form and give it to your bank.

 

Membership

All baptised members of the Orthodox Church are entitled to become members of the parish. Please complete the membership form. There is a nominal fee of £6.00, per year, which can be paid by gift aid. This needs to be renewed each year in June, the end of the Church financial year. As a member, you can participate fully in the development of the parish, and we can communicate with you more easily.

St. Charalambos Greek Festival 2019

posted 22 Jun 2019, 02:48 by Saint Charalambos   [ updated 22 Jun 2019, 02:53 ]

The St. Charalambos Greek Festival will take place on Sunday 28th July 2019, after the church service at 1.00 - 6.00 pm. You are all welcome ..... volunteers very much appreciated to help!

Holy Week and Easter 2018

posted 1 Apr 2018, 05:58 by Saint Charalambos

The schedule of liturgies for Holy Week and Easter 2018 is now available on the website at the link below:
https://sites.google.com/site/stcharalambosluton/events/services

10th & 11th Feb - Celebration of the feast day of our Patron Saint Charalambos

posted 29 Jan 2018, 02:27 by Saint Charalambos

We would like to inform you about our plans for the Feast Day of our Patron Saint Charalambos on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February 2018. If you are interested in attending the lunches, then please call Christos on 07563 713 433. Details below:
  • On Saturday 10th February 2018 Archimandrite Chrysostomos will honour us with his presence and will celebrate the Divine Liturgy. After the Divine Liturgy, lunch will follow at the Village Hall in East Hyde. A 3 course lunch including drinks will cost £10 per person.
  • On Sunday 11th February 2018 His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain will officiate at the Divine Liturgy. After the Divine Liturgy, lunch will follow at the Coop Sports and Social Club, Stockingstone Road, Luton LU2 7NF.  A 3 course lunch including drinks will cost £14 per person.

December Services and Newsletter

posted 5 Dec 2017, 07:58 by Saint Charalambos

The services for December have now been posted on the website. The newsletter for November and December can be found below:


October Services

posted 10 Oct 2017, 11:53 by Saint Charalambos

Dear beloved,

Please note that the services for October have now been posted under the Services -> Liturgies section of the website.

God bless,

The church committee.

Trip to Essex Monastery Postponed!

posted 5 Sep 2017, 03:43 by Saint Charalambos   [ updated 5 Sep 2017, 03:43 ]

Dear beloved,

The trip to Essex Monastery (originally scheduled for Saturday 9th September) has been postponed until further notice. For more information, please contact Anna Griffiths on 01582 526996

God bless,

The church committee of St. Charalambos Luton

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