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Welcome to the Greek Orthodox Church of St John Chryosostom in Bentham, near Cheltenham.








Sunday 9 April

Palm Sunday                                                                                 09.00-12.00



Service of the Holy Passion of our Lord

and Saviour Jesus Christ                                                               19.00-22.30



Morning – Service of the Great Hours and Great Vespers             09.30-13.00

Evening – Service of the Epitaphios                                              19.00-22.30



Morning – Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St Basil               10.00-13.00

Evening – The Life Giving Resurrection of our Lord

and Saviour Jesus Christ                                                               23.00-02.30


Sunday 23 April

Second Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of Thomas                           09.00-12.00

Κύριε, καὶ Δέσποτα τῆς ζωῆς μου,

πνεῦμα ἀργίας, περιεργίας, φιλαρχίας,

καὶ ἀργολογίας μή μοι δῷς.


Πνεῦμα δὲ σωφροσύνης, ταπεινοφροσύνης,

ὑπομονῆς καὶ ἀγάπης,

χάρισαί μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ.


Ναί, Κύριε Βασιλεῦ,

δώρησαί μοι τοῦ ὁρᾶν τὰ ἐμὰ πταίσματα,

καὶ μὴ κατακρίνειν τὸν ἀδελφόν μου,

ὅτι εὐλογητὸς εἶ, εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Kατανυκτική εὐχή τοῦ ὁσίου Ἐφραίμ τοῦ Σύρου




O Lord and Master of my life,

Take from me the spirit of sloth,

faint heartedness, lust of power and idle talk.


But give rather the spirit of chastity,

humility, patience and love to Thy servant.


Yes, O Lord and King,

grant me to see my own errors

and not to judge my brother;

For Thou art blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem The Syrian


Θεία Λειτουργία

Divine Liturgy in Greek & English

New Schedule: Sunday Services 09.00 to 12.00


SERVICES with our new Priest Father Nicholas Karafillides

January 1, 8, 15, 29

February 12, 26 The Sunday Service on February 26th will be served in English with the Psaltes sung in Greek

March 26,

April 9, 23,

May 7, 21,

June 4, 18,

July 2, 16, 30

August 13, 27

September 10, 24

October 8, 22

November 5, 19

December 3, 17, 31


Welcome to our Church where we hold services in Greek & English two alternate Sundays each month and one Saturday a month in Church Slavonic


In memory of our beloved priest Fr Anthimos Papandreou

Αιωνία η μνήμη! ☦ Memory Eternal!






Established – Ιδρυμένη

The Greek Orthodox Community in Cheltenham and Environs started Church Services at St Luke’s Church in Cheltenham in 1986. Liturgies were very rarely held and was conducted firstly by priests from Oxford until 1990; when his Eminence The Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Gregorios, established our present Church of St John Chrysostom. The Church services were then held once a month on the 2nd Sunday, conducted by various visiting priests until May 1999 when the late Father Anthimos Papandreou of Eternal Memory was appointed the priest in charge. The Services continued once a month but on the fourth Sunday instead. However, since we have moved into our own church building in Bentham, now the services take place every Sunday from 10am to 1pm.

Our mission – Η αποστολή μας

To provide anyone with an interest in the Orthodox Christian faith with a safe and family-friendly community and spiritual home in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, irrespective of their background.

About us – Σχετικά με μας

Welcome to the Greek Orthodox Community in Cheltenham and Environs, including Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. We are a parish of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Thyateira and Great Britain but open to any Orthodox Christians or simply those who have an interest in the oldest form of Christianity with roots that go back to the Holy Apostles. In our community, which attracts a variety of people of different ages from across the Cotswolds and beyond, you will find Orthodox Christians from many different backgrounds. Our community, which numbers people from various cultures is based on a


Our services are in Greek and English. founding community of mainly Greek Cypriot families who settled in the UK from the early 1950s onwards and now counts third and fourth generation members of our congregation.

The Holy Liturgy takes place at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John Chrysostom in Bentham Lane, Bentham, GL3 4UD, near Cheltenham. We are managed by active committees, including the Ecclesiastical Committee and Ladies Philanthropic Committee, which organise not only support for

Liturgies and Feast days, but numerous fund raising and social activities including the annual parish dinner dance and summer hog roasts and BBQ’s.

On 12th March 2010 the Church and generous contributors purchased a parcel of land adjacent to the Church, which it is hoped will be cultivated to grow produce to benefit the Parish.


Present in the photographs are from left Fr Peter Slocombe, Fr. Anthimos Papandreou our beloved Parish Priest of Eternal Memory of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John Chrysostom, Bentham, Cheltenham, Metropolitan Kallistos Bishop John Went (Anglican Bishop of Tewkesbury) and Reverend Dr Alison Evans, Gloucestershire County Ecumenical Officer.

We are involved in joint missions with other Orthodox Parishes and welcome annually our Archbishop Gregorios to our Church. We have been visited by notable speakers including Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), welcomed friends from the Churches Together movement and te-deum-ensemble-in-cheltenham-5 (1)visiting Choirs.

Additionally we host the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodoxcommunity for their monthly Liturgies on Saturdays.

We welcome your visit both here on our webpage and in person at our parish.

Our visiting priests are always ready to offer spiritual help or advice or for requests to join the Holy Orthodox Church.

Ιερέας μας πατέρας Άνθιμος Παπανδρέου είναι πάντα έτοιμοι να προσφέρουν πνευματική βοήθεια ή συμβουλές ή για αιτήματα να ενταχθούν στην Αγία Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία.

Contact us



President: Mr Charlambous (Bambos) Charis

(W) 01242 529125 (M) 0774 3709114

Secretary: Mr Anastasios (Tasos) Zodiates

(H) 01453 759422 (M) 07765 454524

Our Church in Bentham, near Cheltenham offers Divine Liturgy each Sunday, along with special Feasts and services for Pascha (Easter) and Christmas, according to the dates of the Orthodox Church. Other services include baptisms, weddings and funerals, in addition to visits to those who are sick at home or in hospital or care. Our visiting priests also bless homes and provide instruction to those who wish to become members of our Orthodox Church.

TheTwelve Great Feast Days of the Orthodox Church:

For more information on the feast days, click on any of the links below.




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Nikos Wedding Photography


Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain


Youth Summer Camp


Ecumenical Patriarchate

Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, Cardiff


Church of Cyprus


National Federation of Cypriots in the UK

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Chosen charity: Sue Ryder

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Parikiaki Cypriot Weekly Newspaper


Eleftheira weekly newspaper

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London Greek Radio

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Ukrainian & Russian Orthodox Community in Cheltenham & Gloucestershire