Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is a community of Christian believers – centered on worship of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We worship and work together to become more deeply invested in our faith. Our ministries are the many ways we join together to teach, learn, and grow; our ministries are how we share our beliefs and sustain ourselves as a parish.
In the Orthodox tradition, the priest is the leader of the parish assisted by a committee of lay leaders. These leaders are elected by parishioners to work collaboratively to promote the work of each ministry of the parish, to maintain our facilities, and to coordinate the efforts of the entire parish to insure our financial needs and obligations are met.
GLAS is our philanthropic women’s organization made up of the multi-talented women of our parish. Their fund-raising efforts support a wide variety of charities and organizations (both Orthodox and community based.) GLAS also supports our parish as a generous Steward with organization and support of numerous parish activities and events. Meetings are the first Sunday of the month, following Divine Liturgy.
Stewardship is the thread that unites us as a parish; as Orthodox Christians we are called upon to give our time, our talents and our treasure to nuture Christ’s church. This ministry team engages parishioners and assists them in the pursuit of personal growth within Christ’s Church.
Exciting social and cultural events help bring the parish members closer together and enhances our presence in the greater Newburyport community.
This program helps us feed our own parish families when unusual needs arise.
Coffee Hour Ministry
Coffee hour is an important part of our communal life at church. Since fasting is part of our spiritual discipline prior to liturgy, breaking the fast with one another after liturgy is a post celebration of the partaking in the divine gifts. If you would like to host coffee hour for a certain event or otherwise, please contact Andrea Jones to schedule your desired date.
St. Basil, an early Christian father, gave of his possessions to help those in need. His example inspired this parish ministry. We offer a home cooked meal, made and served by parish volunteers, to all who enter our doors every Monday at 11:00 AM. The ministry also supports area food pantries and shelters. Ready to heat meals are made available to families in need. SBM also strives to support community endeavors such as programs for orphans, veterans services and special projects like Operation Backpack for the start of the school year.
Our parish youth ministry programs have 3 goals – to promote love for Christ and His Church, to encourage fellowship within the parish family and to create opportunities to participate in doing good works. Youth groups meet on the last Sunday of each month during the school year during the coffee hour.
JOY – Junior Orthodox Youth is for children in grades 1-5
Jr. GOYA and GOYA – Greek Orthodox Youth of America are for middle and high school students
The College Connection keeps our parish collegians connected to their parish and to one another. Email and our own Facebook page, Annunciation Collegiate, facilitate communication and are used to bring the church’s message of love and caring to all of our college students. Periodic “care packages” and other surprises also remind the collegians that their parish loves and remembers them.
At the heart of the Orthodox Parish is the Divine Liturgy. The whole Church participates in the worship of God. Certain roles need to be taken by members of the Body of Christ, such as serving at the Altar, reading the Scriptures, singing the divine praises and offering the bread and wine.
Our parish offers many opportunities to learn and grow in the Orthodox faith. Youth Education programs for children from age 3 through the high school years include Sunday School and youth retreats. Adult Education programs include Bible Study, Orthodox Faith and Worship, Enquirers Class (for those interested in learning the basics of Orthodoxy), and Orthodoxy on Tap (monthly discussion seminar held at area restaurants).
Save the Date
December 10 - 100th Anniversary Founders Brunch
Please join us as we Kick off the 100th Anniversary Celebration of our Church on December 10, 2017 from 10am - 3pm. We will honor the founding families starting with Divine Liturgy followed by a Memorial Service and Brunch in Nicholson Hall. Brunch Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for children under 12. Reserved seating with paid tickets only. No tickets at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/founders-day-celebration-annunciation-church-newburyport-tickets-39349265713, or by contacting Tina Papadopoulos at (617) 828-7543, Maria Andriotakis-Conor at (978) 270-9121, or Melinda Patrick at (617) 543-0824.
December 13 - Fresh Greenery Holiday Centerpieces
Join GLAS with florist Debbie Sousane at 6PM in Nicholson Hall. We are making long and low Centerpieces with fresh greens, candles and bows. Cost is $25 with all materials provided. If interested please RSVP to Irene Falite at Ireneff02@yahoo.com.
December 17 - 2018 Parish Council Elections
Please be advised that elections for the 2018 Parish Council of Annunciation Church will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017 immediately following the Divine Liturgy and ending promptly at 2:00 PM.Only Orthodox Christian Members in good standing are permitted to vote.
December 24 - Children's Christmas Pageant
Join us for this annual festive event following Divine Liturgy, as the youth in our parish reinact the story of Christmas with readings and carols sung by all!
Weekly Sunday Bulletin View the parish weekly news bulletin online, which includes news and events.
Monthly Bulletin - The Beacon
Shining Forth the Good News!
Send an Iconogram Send a message to a loved one or a friend in celebration of a name day, feast day, or sacrament.
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