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 Church in the Hunter Valley. Download a PDF version of the current (Spring 2016) English-language Schedule of Services here. A PDF version of the current Russian-language Schedule of Services can be accessed here.
Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church ,
3 Irving Street; Wallsend, NSW 2256 AustraliaDetailed Map
Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services: 8-9 October, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Apostle and Evangelist John
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 8 October and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 9 October, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. His Grace Bishop George of Canberra will preside at Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. Following the service there will be a festive lunch in the parish hall. Please join us!
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of our parish
On Sunday 25 September our parish held its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The 2016 Annual Report was presented and accepted, a Parish Council for 2016-17 was elected, and our two Child Safety Contact Persons were reappointed. Those elected to the Parish Council were Anna Morhun, Irene Lupish, Lucea Szabunia, Olga Bogacheva, Anu Kinnunen and Dean Crawford, and Matushka Marie Carles and Olga Bogacheva were reappointed to the role of Child Safety Contact Persons. Our Warden Nikolai Goura, elected for a three-year term in 2014, remains in this position.
Services on 24-25 September, the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
On Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September we had services for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and for the Leavetaking of the Nativity of he Mother of God. At Divine Liturgy the Prayer for Ukraine was read, and following the service a collection was taken up to help the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk, Eastern Ukraine, assist the many refugees who have taken shelter there. In his sermon the rector spoke about the appointed reading from the Holy Gospel, the Parable of the Wedding Feast, and the importance of weaving a fitting garment for the banquet by our manner of life. A small icon of Saint Symeon of Verkhoturye, the translation of whose relics is also commemorated on this day, was placed in church for veneration together with the icon of the feast.
Our 2016 Annual Report
Our 2016 Annual Report, including the independently audited 2015-16 Financial Statements, is now available. The 2016 Annual Report will be presented to our parish Annual General Meeting on Sunday 25 September 2015. A copy of the report is available in PDF form here. We encourage our parishioners and friends with questions or comments to contact us.
Services on 10-11 September, the commemoration of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
On Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11 September we had services for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John. Following Divine Liturgy "Many Years" was sung for our choir director Nataliya Rahim, it having been her name-day on the preceding Thursday. In accordance with the custom of the Russian Orthodox Church a memorial service was served after Divine Liturgy for all Orthodox soldiers, sailors and airmen killed on the field of battle. Announcements were then made by the rector concerning the forthcoming parish Annual General Meeting and a collection on Sunday 25 September to benefit the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk, Eastern Ukraine.
Services on 27-28 August, the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
On Saturday 27 August and Sunday 28 August we had services for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning Divine Liturgy was served. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday was the newly-baptised infant Joseph Harwood. The feast of the Dormition has a special significance for our parish as it was on this day in 1949 that the first Orthodox Christian services in the Hunter Valley were served by Archpriest John Lupish (+1977) in the chapel at Greta Migrant Camp. Following Divine Liturgy the rector made the first announcement concerning the forthcoming 2016 parish Annual General Meeting.
Our Spring 2016 Schedule of Services
Our Spring 2016 Schedule of Services - covering September, October and November - is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Spring 2016 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Spring 2016 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies in both languages are available in church.
A baptism - Joseph Harwood
On Saturday 27 August our parish rector baptised Joseph Harwood, the infant son of Peter and Anastasia Harwood and a younger brother to Isaac and Elizabeth. Joseph, who was baptised in honour of Righteous Joseph the All-Comely, had as his sponsors Raisa Zyza and Jonathan van Wyk. We warmly congratulate Peter, Anastasia, Raisa and Jonathan, and wish the newly-baptised Joseph many years!
Services on 13-14 August, the feast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord
On Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August we had services for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and for the feast of the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord and the Holy Maccabean Martyrs (+166 BC). Prior to the evening service on Saturday a number of young children from the parish participated in a discussion of confession before sharing in the reading of the prayers and making their individual confessions. Matins with the bringing out of the Cross was then served and on Sunday morning, the first day of the Dormition Fast, Divine Liturgy was served. At Divine Liturgy the Prayer for Ukraine was read following the Litany of Fervent Intercession. The Lesser Blessing of Water was served following the Prayer before the Amvon, it being the custom of the Russian Orthodox Church to bless the waters on this day in commemoration of the Baptism of Rus’ in 988 AD. It is also the custom on this day to bless new honey, and as in previous years a quantity of organic Wollombi Valley Honey was blessed and given to those present. The rector took the opportunity to bless a new icon of the Holy Hierarchs of Moscow, a gift to our parish from the Rowan family. After the dismissal, a memorial litia was served for the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) (1863-1936), first First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, it having been the eightieth anniversary of his repose on Wednesday 10 August.