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 (Summer 2016-17) 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: 10-11 December, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 10 December and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 11 December, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of Monk-Martyr Stephen the New of Mount St Auxentius (+767 AD).
Services on 26-27 November, the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November we had services for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Apostle Philip. Receiving Holy Communion for the frist time at Divine Liturgy on Sunday was the newly-baptised Anastasia Partington. Following Divine Liturgy, a pannikhida was served for the ever-memorable founder of our parish, Archpriest John Lupish (+1977), it having been the anniversary of his repose on Tuesday 22 November. As the faithful venerated the Cross a collection was taken up for the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, raising $220.00. Later, many gathered in the parish hall for a BBQ lunch, it being the final Sunday service before the beginning of the Nativity Fast.
Our Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services
Our Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services - covering December, January and February - is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Summer 2016-17 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 - Anastasia Partington
On Saturday 26 November the parish rector baptised Anastasia Partington, the infant daughter of Bruce Partington and Samantha Bullen. Anastasia, who was baptised in honour of the Royal Martyr Anastasia of Russia, had as her sponsors Larissa Lupish and Nikolai Goura. A great many friends and family members were present for Anastasia’s baptism, gathering afterwards in the parish hall for a celebratory lunch. We offer warm congratulations to Bruce, Samantha, Larissa and Nikolai, and wish the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Anastasia many years!
The November 2016 meeting of the Parish Council
On Monday 21 November there was a meeting of the Parish Council. As 22 November is the anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable founder of our parish, Archpriest John Lupish (+1977), a memorial litia was served immeditaely prior to the meeting. The usual pastoral, administrative, and financial reports were then presented, progress on various church projects was reviewed, and plans for 2017 were discussed. Father James gave a report on the work of the Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly in which he and parish delegate Irene Lupish had recently participated. The Parish Council is scheduled to meet next in January 2017.
The Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly and the celebration of 20 years of Metropolitan Hilarion's service in Australia
From Wednesday 16 November until Saturday 19 November 2016, representatives of our parish participated in the work of the Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia and in commemorative events marking the twentieth anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion's appointment as Ruling Bishop. At Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Thursday 17 November our rector Father James Carles was raised to the rank of archpriest "for his zealous labours on behalf of the Holy Church". Attending the festive banquet held in Metropolitan Hilarion's honour that evening were Father James, parish delegate Irene Lupish, and parishioners Elena Gan, Dean Crawford and Lucea Szabunia. Following the official programme they presented Vladyka Hilarion with a gift from the parish, a beautifully framed copy of the parish's treasured "Newcastle" Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God.
Services on 12-13 November, the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
On Saturday 12 November and Sunday 13 November we had services for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Apostles of the Seventy Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles and Aristobuls (1st Century AD) and of Martyr Epimachus of Pelusium in Alexandria (+250 AD). On this day, the Russian Orthodox Church also commemorates Saints Spyridon and Nicodemus, the prosphora-bakers of the Kiev Caves (+12th Century AD). In his sermon the parish rector noted how these saints had served God in different ways and at different times, encouraging the faithful to serve the Lord faithfully according to their own circumstances and abilities.
Church & Community Life
Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp, 11-17 December 2016
A group of young families working under the auspices of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin parish in Cabramatta, NSW, is organising a camp for children and young people aged 8-17 to be held in Toukley, NSW - here on the Central Coast - from 11 December - 17 December 2016. For those interested, more information is available here. This year the Diocesan Teen Retreat - for young people aged 13-17 - will be held on the Queensland Sunshine Coast from 19 December - 23 December.