Saint Nicholas' is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. 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. Established in 1952, our parish is the oldest continuously-functioning Orthodox parish in the Hunter Valley. Download a PDF version of the English-language Summer (December, January and February) 2018-19 Schedule of Services here. A PDF version of the Russian-language Summer 2018-19 Schedule of Services can be accessed here.
Forthcoming services and activities
Palm Sunday Collection for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem - 20/04/2019
On Saturday 20 April 2019, Lazarus Saturday, our parish will take up a collection to benefit the Russian Eccelesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. This collection is generally taken up on Palm Sunday every year in all the parishes, monasteries and missions of our Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Collection envelopes will be available in church from the evening of Friday 19 April. Many places of immense spiritual and historical significance in the Holy Land have been entrusted to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and we have many monastics there who care for these holy places, undertake good works, and pray for the whole world. Please give generously! Those who wish to make a donation online direct to the Mission may do so here.
Services on 19-20 April, Lazarus Saturday - 20/04/2019
Our next services will be Matins at 7.00pm on Friday 19 April and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Saturday 20 April, Lazarus Saturday. On this day, the sixth Saturday of Great Lent, the Orthodox Church commemorates the resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany after four days in the grave (John 11:1-45). As we will not have services on Palm Sunday there will be a blessing of palms and pussy-willows at the end of Divine Liturgy. Following the service on Saturday a collection will be taken up in aid of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.
A General Service of Anointing with Oil - 16/04/2019
On the evening of Tuesday 16 April our parish rector presided at a General Service of Anointing with Oil. Serving together with him was Priest Dalibor Pavlovic of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Nahum of Ohrid in Broadmeadow. Together with the clergy, approximately 35 faithful from both parishes gathered in our church to pray and receive anointing with oil for the healing of soul and body. For Orthodox Christians this service, otherwise served only for individuals who are grievously ill, is a customary part of Great Lent.
Services on 23-24 March, the Second Sunday of Great Lent - 24/03/2019
On Saturday 23 March and Sunday 24 March we had services for the Second Sunday of Great Lent and in honour of Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (+AD 1359). As Saturday 23 March was a day of commemoration of the departed, the service on Saturday evening was preceded by a general panikhida at which many departed clergymen of our Diocese, parishioners, relatives and friends were commemorated by name. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector spoke about the life and teaching of Saint Gregory Palamas and about the approachability and mercy of God. Following Divine Liturgy a collection was taken up to benefit the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY.
Services on 9-10 March, the Sunday of Forgiveness and Cheesefare Sunday - 10/03/2019
On Saturday 9 March and Sunday 10 March we had services for the Sunday of Forgiveness and Cheesefare Sunday. After the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday, the prayer of blessing was read over two beautiful new server's vestments, one red and one black. At the end of Divine Liturgy the newly-blessed vestments - the work of the Convent of Saint Elisabeth in Minsk, Belarus - were presented to Subdeacon Luke Goura as a gift from the parish in antcipation of the fifteenth anniversary of his tonsure as a reader in May 2004. Vespers was then served, during which the church vestments were changed from gold to black and the ordinary melodies gave way to the solemn melodies of Great Lent. In accordance with Orthodox practice, at the end of Vespers all present asked forgiveness of one another. At Bishop George’s request, a collection was taken up to benefit Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Institute, the theological and higher education institute of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
A baptism - Anastasia Crawford - 23/02/2019
On Saturday 23 February the parish rector baptised Anastasia Crawford, the infant daughter of Stephen and Deborah Crawford and a younger sister to Florence. Anastasia had as her godparents Nathalie Crawford and Duncan Crawford. We warmly congratulate Stephen, Deborah, Nathalie and Duncan and wish the the newly-baptised Anastasia many years!