We hope you are well and you have a blessed New Year with health and happiness. Please note the following.
GREEK SCHOOL AND DANCING: We have the Greek School & Greek Dancing enrollments starting 30 & 31 January at Gymea and 5 February for Tharawall-Illawong. Adult classes will be offered also. Greek Dancing will be held on Tuesdays at Gymea Church Hall and Wednesdays at Sylvania Hts Primary. We will also have the blessing with Agiasmos for all School Children and their families at the end of Liturgy on the 25 February.
ANNUAL DANCE AND ART UNION RAFFLE: We have the Annual Dance and Fundraiser coming up on the 2nd March at Doltone House, Sylvania Waters. Look forward to seeing you at this function. Early bookings are essential. Tickets for the Dance and the Art Union are available at Church or online. Doltone House will be the location for the drawing of our Parish Art Union with the first prize being a Toyota Corolla Hybrid! Due to the help of our Sponsors only 2000 tickets have been printed so it is a unique opportunity to win an amazing car, jewellery and travel voucher!!! We would like to thank all our Sponsors for the Art Union prizes and the Annual Dance.
ORTHODOX CAFE FOR ALL AGES: For our Youth and Adults please note we have scheduled every second Friday evening from 23 February. The Youth Cafe and Fellowship is at 7pm and we hope our young people can attend at the Hall. Also the Adult Cafe and Fellowship will be running simultaneously at the office. As well as every second Friday the Orthodox Cafe and Bookstore will meet after the Service on Sundays starting 4 Feb.
SCRIPTURE: Our Scripture classes in Public Schools will start this month. Could we please ask Parents please ensure that you enrol your children in Greek Orthodox Scripture classes at your local Schools. If you would like to volunteer as a teacher please let us know: a great way to do God’s work.
SENIORS GROUP: This has already started on Tuesdays after the Paraklesis to the Mother of God at 9.30am.
PLAY GROUP: The starting date for Play group is planned for Thursday 15th of February.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Due to start early March for all young people of Primary and High School ages.
FREE BYZANTINE MUSIC LESSONS: start 9 February on Friday evenings at the Church office.
PLEASE ENJOY THESE WONDERFUL ACTIVITIES AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Fr Constantine Varipatis.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – If you would like to join any of our volunteer groups you can do so by speaking to Father Constantine directly or emailing – firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information or register your interest. Here is some general information about current groups that support our Parish
This group is responsible for the operations of the Church and its activities and requirements
This group provides support and catering for coffee after Church and at specific Church events. It maintains general sales after Church services to raise money for the Church programs and to support families in need.
This group is responsible for maintaining the Church grounds and cleaning of the inside of the Church. This group meets on Friday mornings.
This group is responsible for developing the calendar of events and project managing events throughout the year. Volunteers are not expected to assist at all events but can choose how they participate based on their interest or skills
This group is responsible for cooking meals to distribute to local charities once a month. Volunteers are not expected to assist each month but are notified of what is required and can volunteer as available. This group offers many opportunities from sourcing products required for preparing meals, cooking, packaging and delivery
This group includes teachers required for Sunday School, Scripture at local public schools both primary and high school and our after school Greek lessons
There is always a need for volunteers in general. If you would like to register your interest you can be notified when we need some support. Trades are also welcome to register as there is a requirement from time to time for small repairs and maintenance.
For our Young Adults the flyer and program for the Orthodox Cafe are below. This is a great meeting place for our young people and we encourage any new people to come.
GREEK SCHOOL TEACHERS WANTED
Positions available for St Stylianos Greek School Teachers for 2024. Must have online skills.
If interested please contact Fr Constantine on 0418 51 1212.
St Stylianos Parish Charity Support
Hope you are well. In our endeavors to help we would like to again offer our support to those in need in these difficult times. Feel free to contact us in confidence. Together with helping our own parishioners in need we have started a new initiative to broaden our charity outreach.
NEW INITIATIVE FOR ST STYLIANOS PARISH
Our Parish Committee, Philoptochos and Youth including the Orthodox Cafe have endorsed this new initiative. We have located these two charities that we would like our Parishioners to support as part of the broader community and in conjunction with our current program. We are adding Dandelion Support Network and Women’s and Girls Emergency Centre and their details are below.
Dandelion Support Network
Where are they: Caringbah
What they do: Dandelion fills a service gap in the community service industry and is built on a partnership model, working alongside social workers and case managers to support families. They accept donations of good quality preloved and new nursery furniture and items for babies and children for families in need.
Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre
Where are they: Redfern
What they do: Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is an organisation that supports women in social isolation and domestic violence, families in crisis and advocates for social change in the community. Every night, they support 200 women and children impacted by homelessness, domestic violence and systemic disadvantage. They provide material aid, case management, biopsychosocial support, accommodation, and crisis responses. Equally they seek to address the underlying causes of gender-based violence through primary prevention activities with communities and private and public entities.
The Parish will eventually collect items for these charities. However, due to Covid 19 restrictions and lockdown we can only accept monetary donations at this stage, and we will purchase the items and deliver them to the locations. If you would like to donate money towards our charitable work, then please click on the image below and direct your donation to one of the 3 locations listed.
Thank you in advance for your support for our vulnerable and needy.
God bless you all.
Fr Constantine Varipatis
Livestreaming ofservices now available at Saint Stylianos YouTube Channel
Iviron monastery is one of the biggest monasteries on Mt Athos. It is an amazing monastic community and building that is set in a beautiful area of the world: the Garden of the Mother of God! It’s been made by a professional photographer who spends a lot of time at the monastery. It is very inspirational and a blessing that we have such monastics praying for us . Enjoy!
VOLUNTEER SCRIPTURE TEACHERS NEEDED
We would like to kindly ask you to help our team of volunteer teachers to help young kids learn more about the Bible and the Orthodox Church in Public Schools.
Please look at becoming a Scripture teacher. It is not something difficult but it is a great blessing for all. In particular is would be good to be part of the “be there for me” campaign as some of our teachers are elderly and need support at this time. Please feel free to watch this video prepared by the body that coordinates Scripture in Public Schools for which we are members.
May God bless you and your family.
Fr Constantine Varipatis(can be contacted on 0418 511 212)