Interim Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People in the Orthodox Church

Please read this statement carefully.  A copy is on display at all our services.  We need to be aware of the issues dealt with in this policy document, as we meet as a loving community.

St Cuthbert’s Parish Day (Sunday October 9th, 2016)


What: Afternoon of food, drink, games, films for adults and children.
When: Sunday October 9th, 10am til 3pm.
Where: Eyre Chapel, Newbold Chesterfield.
Who: Everyone welcome!

On 9th October, 2016 we are holding a ‘Parish Day’ where all members of our parish, along with friends and family, are invited to join us after the Liturgy for an afternoon of food, drink, children’s activities and more. There will be a marquee set up so the weather will not stop us! The Divine Liturgy will be served at 10:00am (earlier than normal) followed by food and drink reflecting the diversity of our parish.

If you have a special dish or some food from your hometown that you would like to share, please bring it along – the food will be blessed after the Liturgy. Any food or drink (wines, fruit juices etc.) you would like to bring along are very welcome and will be appreciated.

After lunch, there will be activities for children and adults. There will also be a corner for Orthodox books available to borrow and read at home. The books will be from Fr Edwin and Dn Jonathan’s own collections.

The day will conclude with everyone coming together for a short prayer service, especially for children.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Bring your friends and family too!

If you are interested in helping us out, or just want to know more, contact:

Deacon Jonathan (email:; tel: 07746741569)


Please make every effort to be present.  It is a new venture and we want it to be a success. We hope to make this an annual event, though perhaps not at the same time of year!

Services for Holy Week 2016

Holy Week


Tomorrow is Holy Monday, the beginning of Holy Week and the final ascent to Easter. Here is a reminder of the services the parish of St Cuthbert will be holding this week, including the Paschal services too:


Wednesday 27th April     Great and Holy Wednesday

  • Healing Service in The Eyre Chapel – 7.00 pm


Friday 29th April                    Great and Holy Friday

  • Vespers and Procession of the Shroud in The Eyre Chapel at 3.00 pm


Saturday 30th April 

  • Midnight Office, procession round the church and Paschal Matins at The Eyre Chapel at 9.00 pm


Sunday 1st May      HOLY PASCHA

  •  Divine Liturgy in The Eyre Chapel, Chesterfield, at 10.30 am, preceded by baptisms starting at 9.30 am.



More details about the full Holy Week services and their meanings can be found here:





On the morning of Saturday 21st November in the chapel of his Eminence Gregorios, Greek Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain during the Divine Liturgy (which started at 7.15 am!) our Reader Jonathan was ordained Deacon by our Archbishop Job of Telmessos in the presence of almost all the clergy of our deanery, of his wife, Catalina, and his mother and father.  Priest Edwin was invited to be one of the concelebrants of the Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Job.

This is a great blessing to our parish, for it ensures a stable future.

After the service with great gusto we all sang:  Mnohaja L’ita – the Slavonic version of ‘Many Years’

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The Feast of the Dormition

DSC04221Our Dean and his wife were present with us for Matins and the Divine Liturgy – and, of course, for the food afterwards.  We were able to eat and drink outside, and the children were able to play.


We celebrated St John Climacus in Chesterfield and wished Sophie, “Many Years!”

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Can you forgive someone else’s enemies?

Father Stephen Freeman on forgiveness.  A good read for Lent/present times …

Sheffield Cathedral 07/03/2015

Please click on this link (or copy and paste into your browser) for photos of today’s Sheffield Liturgy, which Hieromonk Stephen Robson kindly travelled from York to serve.  We all wish Father Edwin a speedy recovery.

The Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple

Father Stephen Freeman on the Feast – excellent, as always.

Also, please read Jonathan on the icon of the feast:

A joyful feast to all!Entry

New Gospel (Book) for our Parish!

Last Sunday, we greeted the beautiful new Gospel – so much more than a “book” – which Fr Edwin brought back from Romania, and, relevantly,  Father Stephen Freeman has written this week on his blog … well worth reading:


Open Doors – Campaign to support persecuted Christians in Syria 


Father Edwin drew our attention to this appeal yesterday at our Sheffield Liturgy.  Please click on the above link and donate if you possibly can.  

Lord have mercy!

Syria appeal update…

The violence in Syria continues to escalate but the response to the Syria emergency appeal has been outstanding. Open Doors partners have now begun to provide relief packs to the first 1,000 displaced families, but Syria’s beleaguered Christians still need your help.

A local church leader said, “I want to let you know that this relief work is offering a much needed help to hundreds of Christian families who lost everything… It is opening an amazing door for the church to reach out to them with the gospel. This is a rare opportunity for breaking the denominational barriers through the love of Christ.”

Prior to the violence in Homs an estimated 40 thousand Christians were living in the city but now only an estimated five thousand are left.

The church leader explained: “There are Christian families forced to leave their homes knowing that others would take them. They were threatened that ‘bad things’ would happen if they would have stayed. With their lives at risk, staying was no option anymore.”

Christians are depending on help from organisations like Open Doors or from local churches, who are doing everything possible to help displaced people from Homs and other cities. Open Doors is supporting churches and about one thousand families will receive food parcels, hygiene kits and other useful items.

  • A gift of £70 will provide a family of six with an emergency family relief pack containing food, fuel and medical aid.

  • A gift of £118 will provide a family of six with an emergency family relief pack, a family Bible and other urgently needed support such as trauma counselling.

Download the Syria Emergency video to show at your church or prayer group.

Whatever you can give will provide security and protection for Christians facing an uncertain future.