How Do I Join the Church?
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The Holy Eastern Orthodox Church of Christ is united by one faith and one belief in God, unchanged from the time of the Twelve Apostles. However, there are different administrations or “national churches” across the world, such as the Greek Church, the Russian Church, the Serbian Church, etc.
If you are already Orthodox, and wish to join the parish, you may simply tell the priest of your intent. You may be asked at some point if you are financially able to make a pledge of support to the church, but this is not necessary for parish membership.
Any Orthodox Christian may join our Greek Orthodox parish at any time. In the United Kingdom, there exist various jurisdictions; each layman is free to attend whatever parish he wishes to make his home. You should not, however, dart restlessly from one parish to another, with the result that you never find a true home in which to become established and grow spiritually.
If you are not Orthodox, tell the priest of your interest in Orthodoxy. He will guide you to further study, which may include a formal catechism, with special prayers.
In the meantime you can check out this online resource – which has become a recognised guide for those new to Orthodoxy worldwide…
The Orthodox Faith
The series The Orthodox Faith is intended to provide basic, comprehensive information on the faith and the life of the Orthodox Church for the average reader. The author is Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY.
for growth in faith, for wisdom, banishing of the devil, etc. After a period of time (generally a number of months), you may be ready to receive Holy Baptism and so be joined to the Holy Orthodox Church. If you have already been baptized into some other faith that names Christ, tell the priest this too, and he will tell you how you are to be received into the Church.
Seek God with your whole heart.
Father Anthimos Papandreou
St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church
Telephone: 01386 852940
May the prayers of the Mother of God be with you and enlighten you, preserving you in virtue and from all harm through the grace of Christ.