Next Services:

In English with Church Slavonic

In Cardiff:

Date:  25th February 2018 (Sunday)

Time: Confession – 9:00 

Divine Liturgy – 10:30  

In Cheltenham:

Divine Liturgy «Божественная литургия»
Sunday 18th March Воскресенье, 18 Март

The Sunday of St John of the Ladder

10.30am Liturgy, Confession 09.30-10.30am (Note: Liturgy will start at 10.30am prompt)

 «Божественная литургия» состоится в 10.30 (ПРИМЕЧАНИЕ: 09.30-10.30 покаяния) 

Адрес: St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church, Bentham Lane, Bentham, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL3 4UD 

We ask that our community rallies round and helps develop the Parish at an exciting time of growth in our Diocese with more clergy being ordained to help us meet the needs of Believers. If you can help please contact Reader Philip on 07467 510339 (evenings)/ 0778 3278457 (Russian/русский) or email: Thank you.


Bishop’s visit to Diocese Thursday 29th March – Sunday 1st April 2018

Soborovanie (Unction Service) to be served on Lazarus Saturday, 31st March 2018

Vladika Irenei is visiting the Diocese during Great Lent as he especially wants to keep the tradition of serving the Soborovanie (Unction Service) in London. He will also be here for Palm Sunday. He will serve a simple Hierarchal Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday (the commonly called “Caviar” Liturgy) followed by the Soborovanie at 12:00 noon. He asks that as many of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese gather for this important diocesan event to be with the bishop for this great sacrament of healing. Traditionally, this is served by the hierarch with seven priests. The faithful should have made their confessions during Great Lent.

Details – Diocesan website:


Our Patronal Feast Day

Message from His Grace, Bishop Irenei to our Parish…
To the Reverend Hieromonk Mark
Together With the Faithful Parishioners of
The Parish of the Holy Prince Vladimir, Cheltenham

Dear in Christ, Father Mark and Brethren!
On the occasion of the Patronal Feastday of your parish, please accept my warmest greetings and congratulations with the memory of your Heavenly Protector.
In a land, and a period of history, in which the Light of Christ had not yet transformed the baseness of man’s diminished life into the fullness of glory possible only in Him, the great Prince Vladimir sought wisdom in humility, and received on behalf of multitudes to follow him the true, Life-giving power of Holy Baptism. With that act of humility, reverence and obedience, St Vladimir transformed his heart, and the heart of all his people — and ‘as many as put on Christ’ became the leaven of a new cultural birth. Into darkness, Light shone; and where there had been brutishness and hopelessness, man became not only redeemed and sanctified, but cultured. The beauty that had so affected the hearts of his envoys, became the beauty that St Vladimir’s people sought to draw forth in all aspects of life, showing that, in Christ, all man’s faculties — and even the instruments of society itself — can be transformed
into that which brings glory to God and joy to His creation.
I pray that, on this occasion of your Patronal Feastday, this same love for the beauty of our faith will be renewed and strengthened in all your hearts; that you will seek through the
prayers of St Vladimir the wisdom and humility to bring out all that is best, and holy, and good in mankind and in the society around you.

May God bless you! May the prayers of St Vladimir save you!

Administrator of the British Diocese
Vicar of the Western American Diocese
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
The Bishop of Sacramento


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Visit of Myrrh Streaming Icon

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• The Miracle-Working Myrrh-Streaming “Hawaiian-Iveron” Icon of the Mother of God was brought to our parish 18 May 2017 by
His Grace, Bishop Irenei of Sacramento, Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Fr Paul Elliott, Chancellor of our Diocese, together with Subdeacon Nectarios Yangson, keeper and guardian of the famous Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God, where a Moleben (prayer service) and Akathist to the Mother of God was held.

Services also held in Bristol, Cardiff,  Oxford and at the Russian Church Abroad Cathedral of The Dormition of the Mother of God and Holy Royal Martyrs in Harvard Road, Chiswick

Please also check the website of the Russian Church Abroad Diocese of Great Britain & Ireland

Next services in Church Slavonic & English ++ Cheltenham: Bentham: Sunday 128th February 2018 09:30 Confession 10:30 Liturgy  + Other  locations ++ Cardiff  ++ Birmingham:++ Bristol: ++ Oxford: ++ Cathedral in Chiswick, London: Frequent services 

For Greek Orthodox services according to the New Calendar at Bentham, Cheltenham please check here:  [Note: Greek/English]


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Thank you to Father Vitaly Serepinas for our last Liturgy of 2016 and the double Baptism of two brothers. We look forward to scheduling more services in 2017 God willing with a possible move to Sundays.

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Thank you to Father Patrick Ramsey for serving and our Bristol friends who joined the choir. We welcomed new friends Alistair and also Ekaterina and Sviatislav and their children Edward and Robert who will be baptised soon at Bentham. Thank you to all the Faithful who attended and the continuing support as we build our Parish.


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Father Paul Elliott, Chancellor of the Diocese of Great Britain & Ireland, Russian Church Abroad  served at our fifth anniversary of our first Divine Liturgy at Bentham on Saturday 3rd September 2016. Here are some photos from the day, when Fr Elliott presented the parish with a beautiful icon of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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By popular demand we are very pleased to offer FREE Catechism Classes by Father Stephen Platt – we plan to resume in 2017 at Glendale House, Montpellier, Cheltenham




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Our community was founded on 25th July 2011,in the week of the feast day of St Prince Vladimir of Kiev & All Rus (28 July). We are part of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (also known as the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – ROCOR).

Владимир Святославич. Vladimir Sviatoslavich the Great. Equal with the Apostles.Originally a pagan, Vladimir converted to Christianity in 988 and proceeded to baptise all of Kievan Rus.

Владимир Святославич. Vladimir Sviatoslavich the Great. Equal with the Apostles.Originally a pagan, Vladimir converted to Christianity in 988 and proceeded to baptise all of Kievan Rus.

Our mission

To provide anyone with an interest in the Russian Orthodox faith with a safe and family-friendly community and spiritual home in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.


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Welcome to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad Community in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds . We are a mission parish and open to any Orthodox Christians or simply those who have an interest in the oldest form of Christianity with roots that go back to the Holy Apostles. In our community, which attracts a variety of people of different ages from across the Cotswolds and beyond, you will find Orthodox Christians from a variety of backgrounds. Our new community, which has ambitions to grow and evolve, includes British worshippers and those from Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and other Slavic countries, some of them newcomers or from second or third generations or from even farther back .

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Our services are in Church Slavonic and English. we are under the auspices of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, headed by Metropolitan HILARION of New York and Eastern America. Our friendly and growing community is under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany and Great Britain & Ireland, Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Our priest Father Vladimir Vilgerts is attached to our Cathedral Parish in London, The Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and the Holy Royal Martyrs. The Holy Liturgy takes place at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John Chrysostom in Bentham Lane, Bentham, GL3 4UD, near Cheltenham. We are very grateful to all at the Greek Orthodox Community, headed by Father Anthimos Papandreou, for making us feel welcome and allowing us to use their beautiful church. When possible we hold joint services between the congregations. We are especially active in outreach with the local communities, supporting language interest groups, Chaplaincy at the University of

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Gloucestershire,  joint missions with other Orthodox Parishes, involvement with the media including slots on our local station BBC Radio Gloucestershire and cultural events including concerts of sacred and folk music. In addition, we have a growing number of young families and the community plans to establish opportunities for our church members of all ages to learn more about our faith and cultures. We welcome your visit both here on our webpage and in person at our parish. Please also check out our social media presence on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter which we hope will also help you keep up to date with our activities and latest news. More information: call 07467 510339 or Email:


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