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
Sunday, February 3rd - Super Sunday Cook-off
Get an early start on your Super Bowl celebration during this special coffee hour offering delicious soups in our annual Super Sunday Cook-off. All cooks and tasters alike are welcome to participate in this event and enjoy time together. A suggested donation of $5 pp.
A prize will be awarded to the winning cook! See details and sign-up sheet for soup entry here.
Sunday, February 10th - St. Basil's Winter Tea
"Our Winter High Tea is coming soon!" We'll be having an assortment of scones, muffins and pastry as well as tea sandwiches and a decorated cake on each table. This will be a fundraiser for St. Basil's Hall.
You and your family or friends are invited to sponsor a table for this year's tea! Please contact Andrea Jones if you are interested. This will involve setting one table for 8 total seats with a tablecloth, cutlery, napkins and a centerpiece of a decorated cake (can be purchased or homemade).
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