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Saints
  • Saint George

    Saint George

    April 23rd

    Saint George, born in Lydda, Roman Palestine, was a soldier in the Roman army and was later venerated as a Christian martyr.

  • Saint Andrew

    November 30th

    Andrew the Apostle, called in the Orthodox tradition Prōtoklētos, or the First-called, was a Christian Apostle and the brother of Saint Peter.

Father Marios Georgiou

Welcome from Father Marios

I welcome everybody to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Andrews the Apostol. The Church is the place which the people come to find power, support and courage in life.

The Church is the heart of our community, without the church we are in the darkness and will perish, losing God and our roots. We must support the church and come every Sunday and every ceremony. Finally the Church is not just for older people, it is for everybody, especially the children who are the future of our Church and our Community.

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Father Marios Georgiou

Priest

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Andreas Kyriacou

Andreas Kyriacou

Chanter

Andreas Kyriacou started chanting when he was 12 years old. During his final year at high school, he took Byzantine music lessons until he had to complete his national service.

He came to England in 1968 whereupon he started to help the priest from Bristol who visited Weston to c... Read More.

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Blessings

Blessings

To discuss and arrange a blessing contact Father Marios. Blessings are held every thursday.

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Baptisms

Baptisms

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Weddings

Weddings

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St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church History

The church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Weston-super-Mare was previously the church of St. Jude’s under the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

The church was set up with the support of and in conjunction with St. Peter’s of Kewstoke in 1886. 90 years later in 1976, the church ran into considerable difficulties in view of low attendance and lack of financial needs to maintain the buildings. In June 1982, the church commissioners proposed to make the Georgian buildings redundant. This followed the disposal of the St. Jude’s church hall in 1976 to the operatic society.

The Greek Community of Weston-super-Mare, with the initiative from the late Afxentis Michael, became aware of the proposal to sell the church and in May 1984, a tender was rendered to the church commissioners and accepted, which was communicated by letter on 22nd May 1984.

Previously, the community fulfilled its need for church services by renting the church of St. John in Upper Church Road and the Holy Trinity church in Westcliff. The cost of the purchase of the church buildings from the church commissioners was £6,000 but in order to renovate and refurbish the premises to the Greek Orthodox religion theme, the total cost was just over £40,000. Some of the original documentation and invoices are attached.

The Consecration ceremony of the Church of St. Andrew the Apostle took place on 7th December 1986 and all the expenses were undertaken by the late Afxentis Michael and his wife, Nitsa, as a kind donation from their family to the Greek Orthodox faith and Community of Weston-super-Mare. The ceremony was undertaken by the then Archbishop of Thyateira & Great Britain, Methodios Fouyias. After the ceremony, a large banquet took place at the Seaward Hotel and the all the committee were invited and participated in celebrating this day. 

In November 1984 and in view of the purchase of the church buildings, the community committee had initiated the annual subscription by the then president, George Kyriacou, Pitsillos. 

It is worth noting that since the purchase and organization of the church, the serving priest at the time, Father George Nicolaou, also organized the monthly newsletter, copies of which are attached. Previously, the newsletter prepared from Bristol under the name of “Pavlos the Apostle” was a joint effort for both Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.

Ever since, the liturgies and other services of the Greek Orthodox religion have taken place at the church of St. Andrew. However, previously from earlier days when the first Greeks descended on Weston-super-Mare, in order to attend any services, people used to travel to Cardiff and worship at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Subsequently, when Bristol managed to acquire their own church in the early 1960s, the people of Weston-super-Mare attended services in Bristol as this was much nearer. In fact, a very strong bond was created between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare as a number of people that used to live in Bristol moved to Weston-super-Mare and vice versa. The priest in charge in Bristol started to visit Weston-super-Mare and hold services and liturgies at St. John’s or Holy Trinity church, for the benefit of the Weston Greek Orthodox people. Such priests were Father Irineos Anathasiadis, Father Irineos of Pataron, Father Anthimos Eleftheriadis, Father Thomas Tesas, who were ‘roving’ priests or archimandrites until Father Lukas Michaelides was ordained and took charge of the Bristol church and he then served both Bristol and Weston until 1976, when the current priest, Father George Nicolaou came over from Cyprus and carried on the same tasks. In fact, it was Father George and Afxentis Michael who initiated the purchase of the church of St. Andrew the Apostle. Father George did travel to Greece with Afxentis Michael, George Pitsilos, Chrisostomos Chrisostomou and George Kyriacou in order to purchase all the relevant furnishings and Holy elements, as well as icons to decorate the church internally and be able to undertake relevant services.

More recently in 2006 / 2007, the church buildings underwent complete internal and external refurbishment and the total cost, approximately £180,000, was kindly donated by Kerry Michael, the son of the late Afxentis Michael, in memory of his father and on behalf of his whole family.

Before the community had their own church, the visiting priest from Bristol was attending regular services on Saturdays and any big celebration days, but once the church was acquired, the community looked to find their own priest. Eventually, this did happen and Father Kyrillos Leret-Aldir who lived in Bristol and was in charge of the chapel at Bristol University became the resident priest for Weston-super-Mare. Upon his retirement in 2008, Father Raphael Sideris from Greece was appointed for approximately 3 years, then Father Patrick Ramsey and most recently in May 2012, we had the appointment of the current priest, Father Tychikos Vryonis. In between appointments or during the absence of the resident priest, the Archdiocese did and still does supports us with a roving priest, depending on availability of priests in London. Such priests were Father Theophanis Petrou, Father Riginos, Father Maximos, Father Anthimos, Father Patrick, Father Iacovos, Father Kyril Jenner, Father Pavlos, Father Soteris, Father Theophanis Costa, Father Vasilios and perhaps others that were a one-off visit.

Once we established our own permanent church, the community took steps to have the buildings recorded as a Registry Office in order to hold civil weddings performed on the same day as one’s church wedding. This completes and helps the local families who are marrying their children and provides further recognition of both our church and religion.

LADIES AUXILIARY SOCIETY

Following the purchase of the church buildings in May 1984, the Weston-super-Mare Greek community set out to get itself a lot more organized and structured. Such a move was the setting up of the Ladies Philanthropic Society on Tuesday 2nd April 1985.

The initial name given to the Ladies Philanthropic Society was Apostle Andreas but was subsequently changed in recent years to Ayia Thekla Auxiliary Society. 

This committee served for 2 years, offering themselves for re-election with Androulla Michael as the new president as of April 1987, Myrofora Antoniou as vice-president, Stavroulla Chrisostomou as secretary, Kyriaki Tsaroulla as treasurer and members: Eleni Georgialli, Theognosia Yianni, Katelou Paphiti, Kyriaki Siangolis, Nitsa Michael, Chrystalla Kimitri and Anna Luca.

The ladies society has undertaken a significant role in the community, especially in event and fund organizing to assist in the setting-up of the church as well as the school and smooth running of both. Furthermore, they assist people in the community who are in need or are sick, by visiting them at home or in hospital, providing any comfort and support that may be needed.

The society organizes trips from time to time, either locally or on a national level, including visits to the monastery in Essex.