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ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
ARCHDIOCESE OF THYATEIRA AND GREAT BRITAIN

THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF SAINT ANDREW
IN EDINBURGH

Welcome to our Community

The Orthodox Community of St Andrew in Edinburgh is a parish of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, which is part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The history of our Community goes back to 1948 when Archpriest John Sotnikov, a Russian Chaplain of the Polish Army, started holding services for Polish ex-servicemen who had settled in Edinburgh. The Community, which from the outset was part of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, soon embraced other Orthodox Christians living in Edinburgh (Greeks, Russians, Serbs).

‘’Batiushka’’ John, having served faithfully and selflessly in Edinburgh and beyond, was succeeded in 1984 by Archimandrite John Maitland Moir, a native of Scotland, who had been received into Orthodoxy on the Holy Mountain. Serving in Greek, Slavonic and now in English Fr John Maitland Moir continued and expanded the work of Fr John Sotnikov, the Community now becoming even more accessible to all Orthodox and those interested in Orthodoxy, and attracting a steadily increasing number of faithful.

At St Andrew’s, with God’s help, we aspire to continue the tradition of Christian love and faithfulness to Orthodoxy we have inherited.
We have services daily and Divine Liturgy on Saturdays, Sundays and major feasts. We worship mainly in English, but we also use Greek, Slavonic and Romanian. We also host a number of other activities which can be found on our website, and coordinate the work of several Orthodox Communities in Scotland.

Click here to download the constitution of the Edinburgh Orthodox community of St Andrew

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HOMES FOR UKRAINE

The Government and Civil Society are offering safety and sanctuary for thousands fleeing the war in Ukraine. Homes for Ukraine provides a groundbreaking opportunity for UK residents to offer the warmest of welcomes and a brighter future for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Following an extraordinary outpouring of compassion, UK residents will soon be able to change the lives of individuals and families by joining the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme.

HELP GET THE WORD OUT

Here are three ways in which you can help:

  1. Promote Homes for Ukraine at every opportunity within your community
  2. Increase public awareness of Homes for Ukraine through marketing and social media
  3. Encourage people to SIGN UP AS SPONSORS AND WELCOME AN INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY FROM UKRAINE, at gov.uk/homes-for-ukraine

JOIN THE WHOLE OF SOCIETY TASK FORCE & FORUM

We’re launching a civil society task force to support the implementation of Homes for Ukraine. We’d love you to join.

GET EXTRA SUPPORT

Further help and support is available from Reset UK, the government funded capacity building organisation for refugee sponsorship. For more information go to www.resetuk.org

At a time when so many of our sisters and brothers are fearing for their lives and fleeing the war in Ukraine, I am thankful for the opportunity Her Majesty’s Government is providing for individuals here in the UK to welcome and embrace refugees. Members of the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain stand ready, willing and able to provide the sanctuary and welcome that so many need. Afterall, many of our members themselves endured similar military invasion, uprooting, displacement, and foreign occupation. We are privileged to minister and serve these people.

Archbishop Nikitas