Servants Retreat 2015: Evangelism

servants retreat15On the 13th-15th March 2015 the Diocese held its first evangelism event in the third annual Servants Retreat.

The programme included talks from Fr Bishoy, Fr Youhanna, Fr Peter, Dr Rafat Saad, Dr Fahmy Hanna, worship, midnight praises, a private Liturgy on Saturday and a Liturgy on Sunday with His Grace Bishop Missael.

All talks circulated around evangelism, Fr Bishoy and Fr Youhanna focused on the necessity of evangelism and how we should approach preaching, as well as the benefits. Fr Bishoy answered questions regarding obstacles we may face when evangelising. Fr Youhanna presented to us character studies of Joseph and Daniel - how they changed the world and how we also can do the same. Dr Rafat Saad focused on the book of Acts as the book contains the details of Jesus’s preaching and how he told his disciples to preach and spread the word of God. Dr Fahmy Hanna tackled the debate of Christianity vs Science explaining how they do not contradict but in fact, go hand in hand. Fr Peter concluded the weekend by talking about how we witness to Christ.

The conference allowed each Church in the Diocese to come together in fellowship and gain a new perspective on Evangelism. Not only did the importance of taking small steps shine through, it also became clear that a lot of the time our actions speak louder than words. Through our approach to life and our attempts to love as Jesus does; everyone around us will see that we are true reflections of Christ. It is not necessarily through our own knowledge and actions we evangelise but through the grace of God and the Holy Spirit inside of us that the word of God shines from within us. Though we may face challenges in our evangelism, particularly with those who wish just to argue for fear of having to believe in and answer to God, it is in Christ we shall find strength. It is our duty to bring Christ to man, not man to Christ.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

The talks are all availble for you to watch and listen to

The New Martyrs of Libya added to the Coptic Synaxarium

21martyrs largeHis Holiness Pope Tawadros II announced the inclusion of the 21 Coptic New Martyrs of Libya in the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church today. Every year, they will be commemorated on 8 Amshir in the Coptic calendar, which corresponds to 15 February in the Gregorian calendar, the same day as the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple.

Axios, Axios, Axios!

This beautiful icon, which is also featured on the front page (modified), was drawn by Tony Rezk. May the Lord reward his talents.

Statement on the Martyred Copts in Libya

Written by Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.

The Coptic Orthodox Church headed by Pope Tawadros II lays in the hands of God - in this critical time - its innocent martyrs, assured that their great homeland will not rest until the evil perpetrators are justly punished for their evil crime. We also have faith in the role of the country with all its institutions and the concern of the officials for the rights of all citizens, inside and outside the country, which showed since the beginning of this crisis. We join the families of our beloved children and pay condolences to the whole country knowing that their blood screams in front of the fair Judge who does not wink or sleep and He will punish everyone for what he committed. We pray to God to protect Egypt and its unity and that peace prevails all over the country.

The names of those martyred are:

✝ Milad Makeen Zaky
✝ Abanub Ayad Atiya
✝ Maged Solaiman Shehata
✝ Yusuf Shukry Yunan
✝ Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
✝ Bishoy Astafanos Kamel
✝ Somaily Astafanos Kamel
✝ Girgis Milad Sinweet
✝ Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
✝ Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
✝ Mina Fayez Aziz
✝ Hany Abdelmesih Salib
✝ Bishoy Adel Alham Wilson
✝ Ezay Bishri Naseef
✝ Loqa Nagaty
✝ Gaber Munir Adly
✝ Esam Badir Samir
✝ Malak Farag Abram
✝ Sameh Salah Faruq
✝ A worker from Awr Village

Church Reopening & Ordinations in Nottingham

With great joy, the Diocese announces the grand opening of St. Mary & St. George's Church in Nottingham, the ordination of Fr. Anthony as a hegumen and the ordinations of several Deacons and Readers which took place on Saturday 27th December 2014.

Fr. Anthony was ordained as a hegumen by the laying of hands by His Grace Bishop Missael; Fr. Anthony has served the Church of St. Mary & St. George in Nottingham since his ordination in January 2012. 

His Grace was also assisted in the service by the reverend fathers: Fr. Youhanna (John), Fr. Bishoy, Fr. Peter, Fr. Hedra, Fr. John, Fr. Thomas

We thank His Grace Bishop Missael and ask the Lord to keep him in widening the diocese and the appointment of new servants. We pray that the Lord may bless St. Mary & St. George's Church and Fr. Anthony's service for many years to come.

H.G. Bishop Moussa Visit 2014

With the grace of God, His Grace Bishop Missael welcomed His Grace Bishop Moussa to the Coptic Centre in Birmingham from Thursday 25th December until Friday 26th December 2014.

His Grace Bishop Mossa, who is the Bishop of Youth, gave a lecture on five messages we can attain from the name of our Lord Jesus Christ which was followed by a question & answer session on Thursday.

On Friday their Graces prayed the Divine Liturgy followed by another lecture studying the five commandments of St. Paul to the Colossians, duties that all of us should carry out as Christians.

The talks are now available for you to watch and listen to 

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