Saint Nicholas' is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Our parish includes Belarussians, Ukrainians, Russians, Finns, Macedonians, and Orthodox Christians of other backgrounds. We are a parish of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church. We use Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the Slavic peoples, and English, the language of this country, in our services. Established in 1952, our parish is the oldest continuously-functioning Orthodox parish in the Hunter Valley.
Contacting our parish
We have services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month and on the preceding Saturday evenings. Our Schedule of Services can be viewed here. Our church is generally only open when we have services. Visitors are always welcome! If you would like to contact us before visiting, it is best to send an email. We check this inbox regularly and will respond to messages within 24 hours. You can also contact us in the same way to arrange baptisms and memorial services. Our parish priest has secular work and study commitments during the week and serves in another parish on the first and third Sundays of each month. He is available to talk after Divine Liturgy on the Sundays when we have a service. He can also be contacted by email.
Supporting our parish
Our parish is a small one that relies wholly on community support to make ends meet. If you find this website to be of interest or of assistance, please consider helping us. Donations may be made directly to our bank account:
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
BSB: 032-509 Account number: 281104
May the Lord bless you!
Forthcoming services and activities
Services on 8-9 October, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - 09/10/2022
On Saturday 8 October and Sunday 9 October we will have services for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (+ Second Century AD). Matins will be served at 6.00pm on Saturday and the Hours and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9.00am on Sunday.
Our 2022 Annual General Meeting - 25/09/2022
On Sunday 25 September our parish held its 2022 Annual General Meeting. The 2022 Annual Report was presented and accepted. A Statement of Commitment to Child Safety was adopted that will guide our parish as it works to ensure that our children are valued, safe, and involved in parish life. Irene Lupish, Olga Bogacheva, Lucea Szabunia and Dean (Nicholas) Crawford were elected to serve on the 2022-23 Parish Council, and Subdeacon Luke Goura was chosen to represent the parish at the Twentieth Diocesan Assembly to be held in Strathfield in October 2022.
Services on 24-25 September, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 25/09/2022
On Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September we had services for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and for the Apodosis of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Matins was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning. At these services, our parish for the first time commemorated Metropolitan Nicholas (Olhovsky) in his new capacity as First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and Bishop George in his new capacity as Ruling Bishop of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese. At Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and for deliverance from the coronavirus. Following the services on Sunday an announcement was made concerning the parish Annual General Meeting to be held that afternoon.
Our 2022 Annual Report - 19/09/2022
Our 2022 Annual Report, including the independently audited 2021-22 Financial Statements, is now available. It includes information about the governance of our parish and gives a little parish history. It also summarises the life and activity of the parish in 2021-22 and provides details of some future projects. A copy of the report, which will be formally presented to our parish Annual General Meeting on Sunday 25 September 2022, is available here. We encourage our parishioners and friends with questions or comments concerning our Annual Report to contact us.
Services on 10-11 September, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 11/09/2022
On Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11 September we had services for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in memory of the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of the Lord, John. Matins was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning. At Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine, for deliverance from the coronavirus, and for the aid of the forthcoming Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. In accordance with the practice of the Russian Orthodox Church on this feast of Saint John the Baptist, a litia for all Orthodox soldiers, sailors and airmen slain in battle was served immediately after Divine Liturgy. With Bishop George's blessing, prayers were also offered for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (+9 September 2022). Following the services on Sunday an announcement was made concerning the parish Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 25 September 2022.