A little more about our Church Community

Our Patriarch 

John X of Antioch

Metropolitan Archbishop Basilios

Our Father in God

Many people will wonder about whether we are a “REAL” Orthodox Church?

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Simple answer is YES!!! 

We are. In fact our Patriarch is the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Church of Antioch mentioned in the New Testament. It was at Antioch that the believers in Christ were first called Christians. 

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Next question is do you have to be Greek, Russian etc to be able to come?

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NO!!! 

We have people from all different ethnic backgrounds who attend. What binds us together is not ethnicity but rather the Orthodox Faith.

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Do you do the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, Churching for Women after Childbirth etc?

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YES!!!

If it is an Orthodox Service then it will be served.

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OK, so what is you main aim as a Church?

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The main aims of the Church are outlined in the “Welcome” on the home page. We exist to witness to the reality of God the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and serve the world as the Body of Christ in love. “Bible Bashing” is nowhere on our agenda but Love tops our agenda!

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Child Safe Community 

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We believe that children should be safe at all times and especially when they come to Church.

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The Orthodox Church has a ZERO tolerance policy towards child abuse.

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Our Chaplain, Fr Paul, successfully lobbied the Victorian Government to make it law that all, whether Clergy or lay people who work with Children must by law have a Working With Children Card.

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Anyone who has contact with Children in a supervisory or ministry role MUST have a a current Working With Children card issued by the Victorian Department of Justice.

Our Priest

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Fr Paul is the Priest for our community. He is a  semi retired Greek Orthodox of Antioch (Antiochian) priest and has many years of experience in a variety of settings from parish, academic, hospital and schools. Since he retired he has assisted Fr Geoff Harvey at Good Shepherd Mission at Monash University which has Orthodox people from all over the world making up that vibrant Church. 

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Fr Paul is married to Heather who is an Educator part time and keen Gardener and Historian.Together they enjoy life on their small farm north of Kilmore.