Following the government advice we have decided to postpone the Orthodox Youth Festival to a later date.
The original dates were May 7-10th, 2020 which is a month and a half away.
Given the current uncertainty around the COVID19, it is difficult for people to make bookings and for us to take bookings for these dates.
We are postponing until he situation becomes clearer and shall announce new dates as soon as we can (hopefully later this year).
Those who have made the bookings will be refunded (we have already begun this process) and will need to make the booking again for the new dates once the dates are announced.
Many people around us and among ourselves are anxious because of the disease. Let us support one another as Christians ought to. Here are the words from the new testament to give you courage and comfort:
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9
While our meetings are postponed, let us meet in prayer. Below are some useful links to churches streaming their services and some talks, too.
With love in Christ,
Festival Committee - Svetlana, Thalia, Alina, Emma, Andy, Alban, and Sophie
- Orthodox Wiki - growing encyclopedia on Orthodox topics
- Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)'s books The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way are standard introductions to the subject.
- Fr Thomas Hopko's series The Orthodox Faith is available to read online .
- https://librivox.org/ free online audiobooks run by volunteers
- Anastasis - English translations of Greek service texts
- Ancient Faith Radio online
- Al Orthodoxiya Radio online
Greek - Apostolos Andreas Church youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0UO4mbZBg8Zs4apCJlZUHQ
English with some Slavonic- St Nicholas Oxford - http://mixlr.com/stnicholaschurch/showreel/
English short talks and streamed services from the monastery of St ANthony and St Cuthbert Shrewsbury - youtube channel - Archimandrite Philip, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWMaefJYqFEZkYiK2WmeEw
OrthodoxChristianity.org - a directory of Orthodox internet resources