Foundations of Orthodox Christianity

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Foundations of Orthodox Christianity

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Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, services at The Good Shepherd are no longer open to the public but can be viewed online. More…

Further information will be made available shortly.


Foundations of Orthodox Christianity is an adult education course that provides an overview of the faith and practice of Orthodox Christians. The course is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for anyone who is seeking to understand Orthodox Christianity. Sessions consist of group activities, lectures and small group discussion.

Foundations of Orthodox Christianity will take the form of monthly, one-hour sessions following the Liturgy on Sundays, each session covering a different topic. The presenters, Sub-Dcn Timothy Grace and Mr Aethelwold Jenkins been scouring scores of catechism programs and dozens of books to bring you the information you need to know to understand and embrace the Holy Orthodox Faith.

The course is designed specifically for catechumens (people who are seeking to be received into the Church through baptism or chrismation). Also welcome are inquirers (those who want to understand without making a commitment) and existing Orthodox Christians (who may want to refresh their knowledge of the foundations of the faith).

If you are interested in participating in the course, for whatever reason, please email or put your name on the list available after the Liturgy this Sunday. Please pass on this information to others who may be interested!

The first session is scheduled for Sunday 16th February. Please sign up on or before Sunday 9th February!

Further sessions are scheduled for 15th March; 26th April; and 17th May. Tentatively, the earliest opportunity to be received into the Orthodox Church will be just before Pentecost 2020 (June). For these catechumens, attendance is required at the four sessions prior to then plus at least two additional preparation sessions and they are expected to continue with the 12 session-course through the year.

Date(s): 
Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 12:45pm
Sunday, 17 May 2020 - 12:45pm