Welcome to the website of The Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church. The church is one of many Greek Orthodox churches in the United Kingdom. It serves as the spiritual centre for the community of Hertfordshire and beyond. Any visitor to our church will tell you that it is like a little monastery you expect to find at the top of a mountain in Cyprus or Greece.
Our church welcomes worshipers from other Orthodox Christian communities (Greek and non-Greek) and is especially popular with the younger generation who select it for their weddings and baptisms. We are the only Greek Orthodox church in the United Kingdom that broadcasts live video (see links above) and caters for online bookings (see link above) for weddings and baptisms. In addition, for weddings, we have authority to perform the civil ceremony at the same time as the religious one.
Who were the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ? Click here to find out.
CHURCH NEW BUILDING
You can help us with the Church New Building Construction.
To do so please click HERE for more details.
FOOD BANK DONATIONS AT OUR CHURCH
The Twelve Apostles Church Food Bank is back in full operation, after the unavoidable but temporary interruption due to construction works at the Church.
The Food Bank, is run by a dedicated team of volunteers led by Stella Spyrou and has been working hard in support of local families. The aim of the team is to resume as soon as possible in the new year with the aim of helping hundreds of local people and families in this post-pandemic period with a soaring cost of living to cope with.
For the Food Bank, we would like you to donate non-perishable foods or give money for us to purchase these foods to give to those in need. Please see the attachment TWELVE APOSTLES food bank FINAL.PDF for more details. If you can help with packing these foods ready to be given to those in need, please contact the church to find out when we will need help in preparing the boxes.
If you know of a neighbour, loved one, or have a contact that is in need of urgent assistance kindly call our church office on 01707650147. The team will do everything in their power to help.
For the Food Bank to increase the size and scope of its ability, it needs as much prayer and financial support from the wider community in the coming months. Please call our church office to find out the many ways you can help.
We thank you in advance for your kind gifts and God bless you and your families abundantly.
Greek Lessons for Adults -- Sunday School -- Byzantine Music
The lessons for the Greek language for Adults and the lessons for the Byzantine music (Church music) have started again. Children are also most welcome to come and join the Byzantine music classes.
The Sunday School has already started too and it normally takes place at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Please guide your children to our classes.
Have a good Academic Year.
Saturday of Souls - Saturday 9th March 2024
On Friday 8th March at 6pm till 7pm is the Vespers of Saturday of Souls and on Saturday 9th of March at 9:30am till 12pm is the Saturday of Souls.
You can bring bread, kollyva and the names of your departed for the priests of our church to commemorate them. May their memory be eternal!
Backgammon Competition – 7th March 2024
The competition would take place in our new Church Hall at 6:30pm 7th March 2024.
To reserve your place please call Michael Pilina on 07905 912411. Taking part costs £30 and includes Food and Drink. However, for only £20 you can still attend but simply enjoy the delicious food and drink and support the players.
For further details please click HERE. Everyone is welcome.
The annual Ladies’ Lunch of our Ladies Auxiliary Committee will be held on Saturday 9th March 2024 at our Church Hall at 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
The tickets are £30 each. To reserve your tickets, please speak to one of the committee members or call the church office on 01707 650147.
Magazine: February 2024
Please refer to our monthly magazine Apostoli (Mission) for the latest news from our community, list of church services and forthcoming events.
Page 4 contains the list of services for the current month.
To open the magazine, click here.
Do you want to have a virtual tour of our church with a difference? The clarity and the panoramic view shown by this video is amazing.
Saturday Holy Eucharist in English 9:30am - 10:30am.
Our Church Services Live on TV and Radios
To enjoy the videos and music you love and share it all with friends, family and the world, please click here.
Our Sunday services, along with all our other major services, including Easter and Christmas are broadcast live on Hellenic TV. To watch these live click here. Alternatively, you can also watch the Divine Services live from our broadcasting on your television by connecting to the Hellenic TV on Freeview (UK), Channel 271, provided your television is connected to the Internet.
London Greek Radio (LGR) 103.3 FM
Click here to visit LGR's website where you can listen to all programmes live online.
My Greek Radio (MGR)
Click here to visit MGR's website where you can listen to all Sunday Holy Services and other programmes live online.
Click here to find out more.
The Golden Years Club
Click here to find out more.
Click here for the current edition.
For previous editions, go to News & Events and select one of the Archive options.
Click here for full details.
Byzantine Music Lessons & Choir Practise
The School of Byzantine Music is offering Byzantine music lessons and choir practise at the School Branch at our Church.
Click here for full details.
Father Joseph's CDs
For further details please click here.
For a full list of ways on how to make a donation and hence help support our church, click here.
Our church now accepts card payments for booking weddings and baptisms, paying for other services or making donations.
Parking is available within the grounds of the church for all services. The car parking areas are clearly labelled and there is capacity for approximately 200 cars. Hence, if you are organising a baptism or wedding, your guests do not need to worry about where to park and neither do you.
The larger parking area is available on your right hand side immediately after passing the church (if you have turned off Great North Road into Kentish Lane). Please use this area to avoid congestion in the smaller parking area in front of the church.
Advanced Software Technologies (AST)
We are very grateful to AST for their continued support in hosting our website, developing our mobile apps and creating our online booking system. For a full list of services offered by AST, please visit their website by clicking here.