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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 Australia
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Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services:12-13 November, the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 12 November and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 13 November, the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Thirty-Three Martyrs of Melitene (3rd Century AD) and Venerable Lazarus, wonderworker of Mount Galesion near Ephesus (+1053 AD).

Parish Life
Services on 22-23 October, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 23/10/2016

On Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October we had services for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council and the Venerable Elders of Optina.  In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector, noting the Apostle Paul's exhortation to "remember those who have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God" (Hebrews 13:7), spoke of the work and the enduring significance of the two quite different groups of Holy Fathers commemorated by the Russian Orthodox Church on this day. He encouraged the faithful to not be "carried about with divers and strange doctrines" (13:9), but to follow the faith and life of these saints.

Services on 8-9 October, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 09/10/2016

On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October we had services for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.  Presiding at Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning was Bishop George of Canberra, visiting our parish for the first time since August 2014.  Joining us on the occasion of Bishop George’s visit were Deacon Martin Naef, Subdeacon Nicholas Martinov, and Jordanville seminarian Reader Michael Martinov.  At the end of Divine Liturgy Bishop George gave an edifying sermon about the life of the Holy Apostle John.  Following the dismissal, parish awards and flowers were presented to three women for their contribution to parish life: Olga Rusak, Eugenia Kallaur, and Natalia Rahim.  The clergy and faithful afterwards gathered in the church hall for a festive meal.  Over lunch, Father James welcomed Bishop George to the parish, noting that it was his first visit as Diocesan Administrator.  On behalf of the parish he thanked Vladyka for his attention and wished him all the best in his archpastoral labours in the Australian-New Zealand Diocese.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of our parish - 25/09/2016

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, a delegate to the Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly was chosen, 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.  Irene Lupish will represent the parish at the Diocesan Assembly 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 - 25/09/2016

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.  As Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov), third First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, he was commemorated at the Great Entrance and in a memorial litia following Divine Liturgy.

Our 2016 Annual Report - 21/09/2016

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 - 11/09/2016

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.

Church & Community Life
Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp, 11-17 December 2016 - 20/10/2016

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.

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