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Diocesan Parishes and Missions

While a relatively small Diocese, our Church thankfully has parishes in various parts of the British Isles, including communities in England, Wales, Ireland and North Ireland. As a missionary Church, we are committed to opening new parishes and starting missions in other parts of these Isles as God provides the opportunities and resources to do so.

Most of our parishes serve in a variety of languages, the most common being English and Church Slavonic — the specifically liturgical form of old Russian. All our parishes are committed to welcoming all who wish to come, whatever their linguistic or cultural background, and we strive to include as many languages as possible in places where we have multi-lingual communities (such as Romanian, Greek, French and Bulgarian in some of our communities).

Principal Parishes
The Diocesan Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God and the Holy Royal Martyrs

57 Harvard Road, Chiswick
London, W4 4ED

Liturgical languages: Primarily Slavonic with some English.

Click here for a Parish Overview and further details...


Parish of St John of Shanghai, Colchester, Essex

Military Road
Colchester, Essex, CO1 2AN

Liturgical languages: English, Slavonic and Romanian

Click here for a Parish Overview and further details...


Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey, Merseyside

Rake Lane Cemetery
Rake Lane, Liscard, Wallasey. CH45 5DE

Liturgical languages: Primarily English with some Slavonic and Greek

Website: St Elisabeth's Orthodox Church

'Little Church' of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Birkenhead

58 Shrewsbury Road
Prenton, CH43 2HY

Liturgical languages: Primarily English with some Slavonic

Services: This is the 'lesser church' attached to the main Parish Church of St Elizabeth the New Martyr in nearby Wallasey. Occasional Liturgies and Divine Services are held here, as announced on the main parish's website. Always check beforehand! Sunday Liturgies are always served in the main church, rather than here.

Church of the Mother of God, 'Joy of All Who Sorrow', Mettingham

The College of Our Lady of Mettingham
The White House, Mettingham, Suffolk, NR23 1TP

Liturgical Language: English

Website: Mettingham Orthodox Trust

Church of St Alexander Nevsky, Norwich

Liturgical Languages: Slavonic, Romanian and English

Tel: 01394 273820

Contact: Kristina Butkute: 07423617462

Website: www.norwichorthodoxchurch.org.uk

Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff

The University Church
Nazareth House
Colum Road, Cardiff CF10 3UN

Liturgical Language: Slavonic and English

Website: The Parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, Cardiff


Northern Ireland
Parish of St John of Shanghai, Belfast

St John's Orthodox Church
4 Ashfield Drive, Belfast, BT15 3FT
(The Parish has now moved into the garden chapel at the side of the house)

Liturgical language: English with some Church Slavonic

Website: stjohnofshanghaibelfast.org

Republic of Ireland
Church of Saint Colman of Oughaval, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Eire

St Colman's Orthodox Church
The Abbeyleix Road
1km from Stradbally, Co. Laois

Liturgical language: Slavonic and English

Services: Sunday: Divine Liturgy, 10:00 *Services are held on a frequent basis at St Colman's, though not every Sunday. For specific details of services and all other enquiries, please contact the parish administrator: Mr Adrian Cosby, Parish Administrator Address: Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, Ireland. Telephone: 353 502 251 60)

Website: St Colman's Orthodox Church, Stradbally


Mission Parishes
Parish of the Holy Prince Vladimir, Cheltenham

The Parish of the Holy Prince Vladimir
St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church
Bentham Lane, Bentham, Cheltenham, GL3 4UG 

Liturgical language: Slavonic and English

Webpage: http://www.russianchurchcheltenham.org.uk

*The parish is in the process of finding alternative accommodation. Please check on the website above for updates.

Chapel of the Life-Giving Spring, Walsingham

Within the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham
(Directions may be found here.)

Liturgical language: English

The Chapel of the Life-Giving Spring is served by Father Phillip Steer of the Moscow Patriarchate, and all enquiries should be directed to him.

Fr Mark (Underwood) from the Cardiff and Cheltenham Parishes is now the named cleric of ROCOR serving in the Shrine Chapel. He normally travels to Walsingham every 3 m or 4 months.

Mission of St Nicholas, Liverpool and elsewhere in the North West

This is blessed by our Hierarchs to meet in a variety of places in the North West and North Wales.

It occasionally meets in Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas
Pier Head, Liverpool

Liturgical Language: English and Slavonic

Website: St Nicholas Mission

Outreach Communities

While the communities in the following locations are not yet formally constituted as Missions or Parishes, they have been established as outreach communities where the Divine Liturgy and other Divine Services are served by visiting clergy on a semi-regular schedule.

Bury St Edmunds

Worshipping at St John's Church
St John Street
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1 SJ

Liturgical Languages: English and Slavonic

Ashford, Kent

The Community of the Royal Martyrs uses St Christopher's Church near Ashford usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00.  It is served by Archpriest Andrew Phillips and is blessed by Bishop Irenei.

Liturgical: English and Slavonic

St. Christophers Church
Faversham Road
Boughton Lees
TN25 4HP



Liturgical Languages: English and Slavonic

Monastic Communities
Monastic Chapel of the Holy Unmercenary Healer Panteleimon

70 Jaywick Lane
Essex CO16 8BB

Liturgical language: English

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