Welcome to the Anglican Church in Athens.
Photo Source: Apostolos Lazaridis
|An Anglican presence has been within Athens since early 1831 when a Dr J. H. Hill, an American philanthropist and founder of a still existing school, gathered Anglicans in his home for services. In 1836 the Revd H. D. Leeves arrived in Athens as the representative of the British Foreign and Bible Society. Under their leadership, land was bought close to the Acropolis and some fifteen minutes' walking distance from the Areopagus, the place where St. Paul spoke with the Athenians of his day (Acts 17.22). There a church dedicated to St Paul was erected. On Palm Sunday in 1843 it was consecrated, making it one of the earliest foreign churches in the city. Since then it has been a focus of worship, pastoral care and cultural activities for the English speaking residents of Athens as well as visitors traveling through Greece.|
Today, St Paul’s is in the very centre of the city, just four minutes' walking distance from Syntagma Sq. On Sunday an international congregation (on average 85 people-strong from a variety of denominations) gathers for the Sung Eucharist. It is often joined by pilgrim groups who are journeying in the ‘Steps of St Paul’. A regular church choir supports the worship. There is a Sunday school. During the week a said Holy Communion Service is held at 10.00 on Wednesdays.
Photo Source: Apostolos Lazaridis
St Paul's pipe organ
Photo Source: Fr. Malcolm
St Paul’s has excellent acoustics as well as one of the best pipe organs of the city. It is therefore used for a variety of musical activities. In the spring season it hosts a series of concerts covering different musical genres given by musicians of national and international repute.
In the northern part of the city, there is another Anglican community, St. Peter’s which worships on the first and third Sunday of each month, except during August, at 10.30am in St Catherine’s British School, Leoforos Venizelou 77, 14123, Lycovrisi. For directions, please visit the St Catherine’s website www.stcatherines.gr. The congregation is about 15 strong and provides a regular Sunday School.
St Paul’s also has a close relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, Voula, at the intersection of Odos Dafni and Poseidonos Avenue in the southern part of the city, and from time to time there are joint services with the English-speaking Roman Catholic congregation there.
Throughout the Chaplaincy courses on the Christian faith and spiritual growth are provided when requested.
Social welfare is part of the programme of the Anglican Church in Athens. It provides accommodation for the English branch of Narcotics Anonymous, helps with the ‘Church in the Street’ ecumenical project whereby 800 meals are daily distributed to homeless people and immigrants, and is associated with a Residence caring for those with Down Syndrome and a Senior Citizens’ home. On the third Wednesday of each month a popular coffee morning with sales of books and other items is organized at the Katsarina Taverna, Kifissias 311 & Tsaldari 43, Kifissia. A similar event is held in central Athens on the second Wednesday of each month at St Paul’s House (the Swedish Centre), Diadou 18, Plaka just a few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s.
Within the course of each year the Chaplaincy is involved in various fundraising activities such as the Spring Bazaar, the Athens ‘Glyndebourne’, wine tasting and a harvest lunch in a vineyard, a musical soiree, a ‘Singalong Messiah’, and the annual Christmas Bazaar. Occasional social events are organized, as are trips to places of interest.
The Chaplaincy also makes a strong point of fostering good relations and working alongside the other mainstream Christian Churches in the city. It has particularly strong relations with the Greek Orthodox Church. The Senior Chaplain is the personal representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. It has also created relationships with some of the African Pentecostal Churches. The Scandinavian Church of Pireaus and Athens (Lutheran and Porvoo) use St Paul’s as their place of worship. They hold services as announced. Call 694 6072428 for further details.
Those who have visited us declare that we are a lively group, warm hearted, open to others and welcoming. Visitors speak appreciatively of the worship that is provided. So if you are resident in Athens or passing through, look us up, taste our life, be one of us and help in strengthening our life together.
The clergy are available for enquiries, counsel and prayer.
Their phone numbers and email addresses are:
Revd Canon Malcolm Bradshaw
|(0030) 210 721 4906 or (0030) 694 537 1553
Email: anglican [at] otenet.gr