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By popular demand we are very pleased

to offer FREE Catechism Classes by Father Stephen Platt.

2015/2016 – adult catechism classes in Cheltenham 

The course will comprise 6 sessions, each lasting approximately 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.
Venue: Glendale House, Montpellier Terrace, Montpellier, Cheltenham GL50 1UX [NB: Registration required in advance]: or phone: 07957 345188      

1st Monday in each month up to Pascha 2016 start 6.30pm [please note revised start time].


  • Monday 2nd November Introduction: Orthodoxy
  • Monday 7th December Worship


  • Monday 4th January – The Holy Bible
  • February cancelled
  • Monday 7th March Divine Liturgy & Holy Sacraments
  • Monday 4th April Prayers & Etiquette in Church
  • TBC Spirituality  

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 has conducted classes for the past two years – mixed English and Russian speakers. These classes were extremely popular and described as “enlightening and easy to understand”.  As a result a number of catechumens have been Baptised (all of them are native English-speakers).

Provisionally we will meet at Glendale House or other venues at private residences in Cheltenham to be advised.

download (33)Catechism classes for adults in English in Cheltenham (2015) please email: Catechism enquiry stating your name and contact details to register your place on this course or call                                                                                          07957 345188  .

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:

The Orthodox Faith – by Father Thomas Hopko

also known as The Rainbow Series


The Longer Catechism of The Orthodox, Catholic, Eastern Church also known as the Catechism of St. Philaret (Drozdov) of Moscow (Св. Филарет, Митрополит Московски)

Examined and Approved by the Most Holy Governing Synod, and Published for the Use of Schools, and of all Orthodox Christians, by Order of His Imperial Majesty (Moscow, at the Synodical Press, 1830.)

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.


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