October 2nd 2019
Our annual Community Dinner Dance is scheduled to take place on Friday 22nd November at 7.15pmChurch Community Fundraising School
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Head School Teacher
Eleni is the head teacher at WSM Greek school with responsibilities of all levels. She is from Nicosia and has an important teaching experience due to her studies in Cyprus and UK. She graduated with distinction in her bachelor of education from Frederick University Cyprus. Eleni posses... Read More.
The Three Holly Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. As loving teachers they offered guidance in the path of holiness and they are considered as the most important Teachers and Fathers for the development and growth of the Orthodox church. Based on the emphasis these holy fathers gave to learning, intellectual ability and discipline, and to their use of the Greek language and thought for the message and mission of the Church and the Gospel of Christ, this day we also celebrate the Greek letters.
A Double Holiday: a Historical and a Religious one
We celebrate the Greeks' War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The “Greek Revolution” was a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries between 1821 and 1830. Moreover, 25th March is exactly nine months before Christmas so that day Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Annunciation by archangel Gabriel to Virgin Mary that she should become the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Commemoration of the Greek Cypriot National Day or EOKA
Cyprus commemorates in memory of the establishment of the National Organization of the Cypriot Struggle known as EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston). EOKA aimed to fight for the country’s independence against the British colonies on 1955 and its union with Greece.
Easter - Πάσχα
Easter is one of the biggest events for the Greek Orthodox. During these holy days we remember the tortures and the sacrifice of Jesus so to save us from our sin. At the church, this period, we can hear some of the most beautiful church charms some of which we can enjoy at this video.
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEoW6rafzXk
Mostly remembered for general Ioannis Metaxas' strong reply of 'OXI' (no) to Mussolini's request to allow Italian troops to come into Greece at the beginning of WW II. The result of this stern message was powerful, and in the end, helped to maintain Greece’s course of neutrality for generations to come. Nevertheless, the Italians did invade Greece, but were subsequently driven back into Albania.
Read more: http://www.gogreece.com/learn/oxi.htm
We refer you to the historic outline of the Greek Community of Weston-super-Mare history and how the community increased from time to time, outlining also how the needs were fulfilled in relation to church services and Greek school.
The very first officially appointed teacher to teach in Weston was Andonios Kalopaedis.
The teaching in Weston-super-Mare was undertaken by the resident priest in Bristol and was taking place on Thursday evenings between 1700hrs-1900hrs. Initially, the classes undertaken were only A. and B. with a reference in 1966 of 14 children in A. and 3 in B., with a total number of 17. In 1967, the then priest Father Thomas Tsesas refers to 10 male students and 14 female students for Weston-super-Mare with the hours of operation, 1630hrs-1900hrs.
In 1968, with the teacher Father Thomas once again and the president of the Greek Community of Bristol, Mr Panayiotis Michaelides, who subsequently became a priest for Bristol, there is reference to a joint celebration in Bristol on 28th January 1968 to celebrate the three hierarchs with Maria Michael, the daughter of Afxentis and Nitsa Michael, reading a poem. On 3rd August 1967, the same priest and teacher applied to the Greek Cypriot Embassy to request assistance as a proper teaching class was needed and the right environment to teach the children as at that time, a room was rented from a local school costing 15 Shillings for a once a week (Thursday) hire.
There is also mention of the first educational symposium held by the Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain in July 1964, where there is mention of the Greek school of Weston-super-Mare with only one group and 20 students.