First Time Visitor? Welcome!

Whether you are a first time visitor to our website, or to our parish, we welcome you!  This website contains some information about our parish, and some information about Orthodoxy, for those who haven’t yet experienced it.

Both members of our parish and our visitors come from a variety of backgrounds with a wide variety of experience.  Because of this, expectations of Orthodoxy can vary widely – hopefully, this page will help!

We are the same Church – across the globe, across the last two millennia – preaching the Gospel, teaching the Lord’s commandments and worshipping God in spirit and in Truth.  Our Communion service (‘Divine Liturgy’) was written 1700 years ago!

To start with, we want you to know at least this much:

You are welcome here. We are always honoured to have visitors join us for prayer and worship.

You won’t be asked to do anything which would make you uncomfortable.

We don’t expect visitors to contribute anything to the financial support of our parish or our programs.

Our children worship with us. If you have young children, they are welcome here, too. If you need to step to the back of the Church with your child for any reason, you are not disturbing us. We expect Christian children to be raised in the Church and to do that, they have to be in the church.

If you need any assistance at all, please let us know. We are here to be of service to you.

If you are an Orthodox Christian, and with prayer, fasting and Confession have prepared yourself for Communion, it is very important that you please introduce yourself to Fr Andrew before the Liturgy (you can use the ‘Contact’ form below, or e-mail FrAndrew@HolyAnnunciation.net).

We are part of the worldwide Orthodox Church – the oldest Christian Church in the world. This is not a theological statement, it is an historical one. And in every part of the world, there are Orthodox Christians, Churches and missions:  from traditionally Orthodox places like Jerusalem, Russia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and the Middle East; to India, Japan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia; throughout Europe from Poland to Finland to Spain and across the British Isles; throughout the African continent from Egypt to South Africa, Sierra Leone to Kenya; across North and South America, from Canada to Argentina; and across our country of Australia, and through New Zealand, Polynesia and Oceania.

In fact, the only religious structures of any kind on the entire continent of Antarctica are Orthodox Christian ones!

We welcome you to our website – enjoy your visit!

We also look forward to seeing you soon and meeting you in person.  Please feel free to come to one of our services:

  • Vigil service on Saturday evening, 6-8:15pm; and,
  • Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, 8:30-10:20am.
  • All services are in English.
  • After our Sunday morning Divine Liturgy, we have tea & coffee available, and we invite you to join us and speak with Fr Andrew and members of our community.

Check out our current schedule for further events and details.

People sometimes ask what’s the ‘done thing’ in church.  The short answer is to ‘be respectful’, but if you’d like a longer answer, follow this link.

If you would like to know more about what we believe, check out this section introducing Orthodoxy.


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