Join us 31 October on Zoom for an afternoon talk and a social evening.
We will start the day at 13:30 with a talk by Fr. Raphael from St. Andrew's Edinburgh. He will tell us all about Commemorating the Departed. The talk and Q&A session will finish at about 15:30 and then will will have a short break.
After the talk, we will resume at 16:00 with a virtual talent show. We al ready have people lined up to tell us about baking bread (very handy skill in these times!) and the art of making Koliva. If you would like to take an active part in the talent show, please mention it in the sign-up form and we will do our best to find you a spot. All manner of ideas are welcome: music, puppet theatre, poetry recital... just let us know what you excel at! The talent show will conclude at 18:00 followed by another break.
Part of the talent show will be an Online Bread Making Workshop! Get excited for this Saturday and make sure you have some flour, salt, water and yeast ready to go if you want to join in.
The evening will bring a fun quiz and a competitive game of Countdown, starting at 18:30 and going on for about an hour, or longer if people are enjoyng themselves. Afterwards, we will finish the day with evening prayers at 20:00.
The application form will be ready shortly and posted here and also shared through our social media accounts. Looking forward to seeing you all!
We are a group of young adult (18-35+) Orthodox Christians who meet throughout the year for prayer and fellowship in order to better know our faith and each other. We organise different events throughout the year around the UK so that everyone can be involved.
Events are organised by the OFSJB Youth Committee, part of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist (OFSJB), registered charity 1063713.
If you would like to support our work in the UK, please consider becoming a member of the fellowship or giving a small donation.
When free from Covid-19 restrictions, we organise several in-person events throughout the year. These include the following:
Our main event in the year, usually happening on one of the May Bank Holiday weekends out in the countryside. The festival is 3-4 days full of interesting talks by a variety of speakers (bishops, priests, monks, nuns and accasionally academics and laity as well) based around a common theme. Some of the other activities you can expect include walks, bonfire nights, sports, games and more (and you are free to skip the ones not appealing to you)! There is also plenty of "unorganised" time for personal conversations both with the speakers and with other attendees.
Following quick on the heels of summer's end, we go for a hike in the beautiful peaks of Snowdonia and stay overnight in a cozy little cottage. It is a great opprotunity to get some exercise and breathe in some fine clean moutain air. Spaces are limited for this event because of the sleeping arrangements, so watch for the announcement if you are keen to go.
Originally conceived as the annual catch-up meeting after the year's festival, Octofest has since evolved into a proper event of its own. Everyone is welcome, whether they attended the festival or not. Often, around half of the people hadn't attented the festival, so no need to fear to be out of the loop with everyone else knowing each other. Commonly we start with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy, followed by a talk by the local priest and some food, music and games.
To stave off the winter depression, we head out to the Christmas markets to enjoy some ice-skating and a warm hearty meal (also possibly some mulled wine). Fuzzy feelings of warmth and friendship are to be expected.
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