Welcome to the Parish of St. John of Kronstadt

An Orthodox parish within the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Our community is made of people of many nationalities. Our services are all in English, although some litanies are sung in different languages.

God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”(Gen 1:26). Everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). Whoever you are, whatever your story, we hope to welcome you when you join us in worship or fellowship.

Contact usMapPrayer for Ukraine

Regular services

We worship at the church of St. John the Baptist, St. John’s Road, Bathwick. Our regular services each week are:

Wednesday 20th, 8am: Divine Liturgy

As well as celebrating the Prophet Elijah, we will be commemorating St Alexis of Ugine, and the Paris martyrs: St Maria Skobtsova, St Dimitri Klepinin, St Ilya Fondaminsky and St George Skobtsov.

Vespers or Vigil: Saturday, 5pm

We pray for those affected by the invasion of Ukraine at every service, but we make a particular focus for these intercessions on Saturday evenings.

Divine Liturgy: Sunday, 11am

On the first Sunday of each month, there will usually be a public celebration of the Proskomedia before the Liturgy, commencing at 10:35am.

A prayer for Ukraine

Lord our God, you gave us the first commandment: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

We turn to you alone, for you are the protector of the oppressed, of all the unprotected. We turn to you in ardent prayer for Ukraine and its people, whether still in Ukraine or refugees in other lands, all of them hoping for survival and safety.

As we pray these words, millions of them live in terror, under bombardment, surrounded by invaders sent by a cruel and abusive ruler, who ignores the cries of the oppressed and the desperate in his own country, Russia, and in Ukraine, choosing the ruthless power of might over the enduring strength of compassion.

Help us to stand up for the vulnerable and protect those whose human rights are violated. Fill us with commitment, creativity, courage to do everything in our power to save lives and protect families.

True Helper in times of trouble, grant us the wisdom, understanding and knowledge to be always on the side of the defenceless, and to sustain our support with your teaching of loving kindness, human kinship and faithful justice.

For on your Holy Cross you bore all the pain and the sin of the world, and in your Resurrection you overcame sin, death and injustice, and we give you glory, together with your eternal Father and your Holy Spirit, the One True God, for ever and ever.


Sunday School

We have a number of families with children in our congregation. Most Sundays we offer a Sunday school for children of all ages in the church hall.

Sunday School and other children’s activities are led by qualified teachers, or by adults who have been DBS-certified. If you would like to see a copy of our Vulnerable Person Protection Policy, please contact us.

Our designated officers are Phil Lytra and Zoe Bates who can be contacted at stjsafeguarding@yahoo.com.

Donate to us

Any donations towards the life and work of our parish are much appreciated. The easiest way to do so is through our Stewardship giving page. You can access it by clicking the button below.

If you wish to make a specific donation for the Archdiocesan appeal, please mark it as “UKRAINE”.

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