to offer FREE Catechism Classes by Father Stephen Platt (next class Tuesday 11th November 6.30pm) Venue: Glendale House, Montpellier, Cheltenham. These classes have the blessing of our parish priest Fr Vitaly.
The Russian Orthodox Church has the responsibility to teach all who are interested about our faith – including catechism classes, for newcomers to the Faith; and further forms of education for those who are already Baptised Orthodox Christians. Fr Stephen conducted classes last year – mixed English and Russian speakers. These classes were extremely popular and described as “enlightening and easy to understand”. As a result five catechumens have been Baptised, and others plan to accept Orthodoxy into their lives (each one of them are native English-speakers).
Provisionally we will meet at Glendale House or other venues at private residences in Cheltenham to be advised.
Catechism classes for adults in English in Cheltenham (2014) please email: Catechism enquiry stating your name and contact details to register your place on this course or call 07957 345188 .
The course will comprise between 8 – 10 sessions (to be agreed), each lasting about two hours. Instruction will be offered in English. The course is free but we ask that attendees make a contribution to Father Stephen’s travel costs from Oxford.
New start time for classes: 6.30pm
Venue: Glendale House, Montpellier Terrace, Montpellier, Cheltenham GL50 1UX [NB: Registration required in advance]: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07957 345188
- Tuesday 22nd April (Introduction)
- Tuesday 6th May (Orthodoxy)
- Tuesday 20th May (Worship )
- Tuesday 3rd June (The Church)
- Tuesday 17th June (The Church contd.)
Tuesday 11th November (Prayers & Etiquette in Church)
- Tuesday 9th December (The Bible)
- Tuesday 13th January (Spirituality)
- Tuesday 10th February ((Re-cap & Conclusion) We plan to introduce a course in Russian depending upon demand, although our current English sessions will often include explanations in Russian by Father Stephen to help some native Russian-speakers. Our sister Orthodox Parish of St John Chrysostom also provides instruction in Greek.
Father Stephen Platt
We are very pleased to announce that Fr Stephen Platt from our sister Diocese of Sourozh and Rector of the Orthodox Church of St Nicholas the Wonderwoker in Oxford has kindly agreed to run catechism classes for our community. The course comprises no more than 10 sessions each of about two hours duration, and will include discussions on Doctrine, Church History, Prayer, Ethics, Salvation, FAQs and the Baptism service.
All of the dates for this next catechetical course have yet to be fixed, and will be open to anyone who is interested – whether catechumen or life-long Orthodox; designed to teach all people a solid foundation in Orthodox Christian theology.
We look forward to meeting with those who wish to take instruction or anyone who is simply interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. In the meantime, please refer to these excellent primers:
also known as The Rainbow Series
The English translation here given was prepared by the Rev. R. W. Blackmore, B.A., formerly chaplain to the Russia Company in Kronstadt, and published at Aberdeen, 1845, in the work The Doctrine of the Russian Church.
Instructions in Orthodox Christianity from Father Stephen Platt
Father Stephen is:
Rector of St Nicholas the Wondworker Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Dean of South East England, Diocese of Sourozh, Lecturer at the Institute of Orthodox Studies, University of Cambridge, Chaplain to the University of Oxford
General Secretary of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius
Here is an extract from ’Russian Hour’, the Russian-language cable news channel presents a report about the consecration of the Russian Orthodox Church in Oxford and interviews its Rector, Fr Stephen Platt. Report and interview by Alexander Korobko.