Greek Orthodox Church
St John Chrysostom

Archbishop Gregorios

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


PLEASE NOTE Cancelled!!!!We apologise but the Church Summer BBQ: Sunday 17th September has been cancelled due to storm damage of marquee and equipment. The Russian Parish will hold a prayer service and Blessing of Waters 1030-1130am Sunday 17th September – all invited.

Θεία Λειτουργία
Divine Liturgy in Greek & English

Schedule: Sunday Services *09.00 to 12.00 (*unless advised otherwise) 2018
SERVICES with Priest Father Nicholas Karafillides
Sunday 28 January
Provisional [Note: please check website for any changes]
Sunday 11 February
Sunday 25 February
Sunday 11 March
Sunday 25 March

Welcome to our Church where we hold services in Greek & English two alternate Sundays each month and one Sunday 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 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.

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 visiting Choirs.

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.

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.