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
February 2017 collection for Orthodox Action
Each year in February the parishes of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand take up a collection to assist the work of Orthodox Action, a charitable organisation that operates in Sydney and Melbourne under the auspices of the Diocese and the heavenly protection of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Orthodox Action works to help needy persons, destitute children and orphanages in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2017 our parish will take up this collection on Sunday 26 February. Collection envelopes will be distributed by post beforehand and available in church aon the day. Please give generously!
Our next services: 25-26 February, Cheesfare Sunday and the Sunday of Forgiveness
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 25 February and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 26 February, Cheesefare Sunday and the Sunday of Forgiveness. On this day, the Orthodox Christian faithful customarily eat eggs and dairy products for the last time before Pascha. In accordance with the practice of parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church ouside Russia, Vespers with the rite of asking forgiveness with be served immediately following Divine Liturgy on Sunday. On the following day, Monday 27 February, Great Lent will begin. For those interested, a number of services will be held in the Gosford parish during the First Week of Great Lent.
Diocesan-wide collection for the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville
Each year on the First Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, parishes of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia take up a collection to benefit the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York. The Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is the main institution of higher education in the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. This collection provides financial assistance to students, covering tuition, room and board. As we will not have a service on the First Sunday in Great Lent in 2017, our collection will be taken up on Sunday 12 March, the Second Sunday in Great Lent. Please give generously!
Bishop George and Diocesan clergy to serve Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in Strathfield, NSW, on Wednesday 15 March 2017
Each year during Great Lent the clergy of our Diocese gather in Sydney to confess, serve the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts together, and discuss matters of mutual concern. In 2017 the Diocesan Pastoral Retreat and Conference will be held on Tuesday 14 March and Wednesday 15 March. The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield on Wednesday 15 March from 8.00am with Bishop George presiding. This solemn and moving service occurs only on certain days during Great Lent. Lay people are most welcome to attend the service. Indeed, as many rarely see this service, attendance is encouraged. Those who have confessed and prepared themselves beforehand are welcome to receive Holy Communion on Wednesday.
Our Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services
Our Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services - covering March, April and May 2017 - is now available in PDF format. It includes all our services for Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha, in addition to Radonitsa and our parish feast of Saint Nicholas on 22 May. A copy of the English-language Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Autumn 2017 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies are available in church.
Services on 11-12 February, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son
On Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February we had services for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son and in honour of the Three Hierarchs: Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. In view of the extreme temperatures expected - Wallsend was expected to reach 47 degrees celcius on Saturday! - a decision was made beforehand to have the shorter service of Vespers on Saturday evening. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday three new icons for our church were blessed: All Saints of Ekaterinburg, All Saints of Ufa, and Saint Joseph the All-Comely. A memorial litia was then served in anticipation of the anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable Archpriest Nicholas Grant - active in the life of the Diocese as a layman and clergyman for 45 years - and Archbishop Paul (Pavlov) - former Bishop of Stuttgart and Ruling Bishop of our Diocese from 1980 until 1992 - close friends who reposed on 14 February and 15 February 1995 respectively. Both Vladyka Pavel and Father Nicholas were great friends of our parish. May their memory be eternal!
A baptism - Alexandra and Sofia Unwin
On Saturday 11 February the parish rector baptised sisters Syanna (3 years old) and Sofia (3 months), the daughters of Scott Unwin and Bogdana Cankova-Unwin and sisters to Gabrielle. Their godparents were Vyara Caneva and Timothy Moss. In baptism Syanna was given the name Alexandra in honour of the Martyr Alexandra the Empress, and Sofia was baptised in honour of the Martyr Sofia. Congratulations to Scott, Bogdana, Vyara and Timothy. May God grant His newly-baptised handmaidens Alexandra and Sofia many years!
The visit of the myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God, "Softener of Evil Hearts"
On Thurday 26 January, the Australia Day public holiday, our parish had the great honour of receving a visit from the miraculous myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God, "Softener of Evil Hearts". Having visited the Gosford parish earlier in the day, the icon arrived in Wallsend soon after 2.00pm. Gathered in church to welcome the icon were many of our parishioners, together with members of the Serbian and Romanian Orthodox communities in Newcastle. A moleben with an akathist was served before the icon, with the sections of the akathist to the Mother of God read alternately in Slavonic and English and all those present commemorated by name. The parish rector thanked the custodian of the icon, Sergei Fomin, for bringing it to Australia from Moscow, and spoke of the importance in these times of spiritual, social and military conflict of softness of heart. The faithful then venerated the icon and were anointed with the holy oil. Although the visit of the icon was brief, the service before it was uplifting for all those present. Glory be to God! For those wishing to learn more about the icon, information is available in English here and in Russian here. The icon's schedule for the remainder of its time in Australia is available here. The final service will be an akathist at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral, Strathfield, at which Bishop George and the clergy of the Greater Sydney region will concelebrate.
Services on 21-22 January, the Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost
On Saturday 21 January and Sunday 22 January we had services for the Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (+1569). It being also the Sunday after Theophany, following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday a brief moleben was served for the founders, parishioners and benefactors of the former Theophany church, a parish of the Moscow Patriarchate that functioned in Mayfield, Newcastle, from 1994-2009. After the Dismissal the parish rector spoke of the good work done by the Theophany parish during the fifteen years of its existence - of the prayers offered and the good works accomplished there - and congratulated all those former parishioners present. He then served a memorial litia for the departed members of that community.
Services on 17-18 January, the Eve of Theophany
On Tuesday 17 January and Wednesday 18 January we had services for the Eve of Theophany, the Great Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Matins was served on Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday morning - a day on which the temperature in Newcastle exceeded 40 degrees celcius! - Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great was served together with the Great Blessing of Water. At Vespers, many of those present assisted with the thirteen appointed readings from the Old Testament. As is common at this time of year, were joined for the service on Wednesday by friends from Sydney holidaying in the region.
A service on Sunday 8 January, the Second Day of the Nativity of Christ
On Saturday 8 January, the Second Day of the Nativity of Christ, we had Divine Liturgy for the Synaxis of the Most-Holy Mother of God and in honour of Saints Joseph the Betrothed, David the King and James the Brother of the Lord, kinsmen of the Lord customarily remembered on the Sunday after the Nativity of Christ. Our choir sung under the direction of Elena Gan. In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud in Russian and in English the Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. Many stayed afterwards to share in a festive meal and to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas.
Church & Community Life
A fundraising dinner to benefit the Presentation Convent and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery
On the evening of Sunday 28 May 2017 a fundraising dinner will be held at the Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre, next to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene in Liverpool, NSW, to assist the Presentation Sisterhood in Bungarby, NSW and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, NSW, monastic communities of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. During the evening there will be a performance by the Melisma Ensemble, a slideshow presentation by Abbot Sergei of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery on ‘Hagia Sophia: The Mother of Churches’, and a performance from the Russian Orthodox Choir. Child-minding will be available. Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $15.00 for children aged 15 and younger. Seating will be at round tables of 12. More information, including information about a fundraising raffle, is available at https://cabrapokrov.org/fundraising-for-monasteries.