Many will tell you that Jesus was the greatest teacher that ever lived. Many will tell you that a life with Him will satisfy and fill you. But knowing this information as told to you is not enough nor is it the desire of God. A personal encounter between you and Jesus Christ is the minimum that Jesus expects. He wants you to feel His love directly from Him and He wants to fulfill all His promises to accept you and give you peace personally. So we must all strive for a personal encounter with God. This can be a very different experience for all of us from a slow gradual realization over a long period of observation and enquiry, to a sudden dramatic moment like St Paul on the road to Damascus. Regardless of how you experience God there is one essential step that is taken by every single believer, which is to read the Word of God directly for yourself.
Our encounter with Our Lord Jesus starts by His Word. The Gospel stories reveal to us the person of Jesus and His teachings. The journey to falling in love with God involves falling in love with His message. If you don’t have a Bible the links below will get you started. You can work through the Gospels from Matthew to John, or start with the Gospel of John and move on to the letters of John. Write down any questions you may have and bring them with you when you come to visit us.
Below are a few things the Coptic Church feels one should know in order to begin to get a grasp of the fundamentals of what the Coptic Orthodox faith is really based upon.
Read the Gospels of St. Mark and St. John as they are a good place to start for anyone new to Orthodoxy. Follow that by reading the three epistles of St John. The following links will take you to the relavent reasoruces:
Here are a series of prayers that are all recited daily by the Coptic believer often several times a day. If you are struggling to pray we strongly encourage you to use these words, making them your own words.
Learn The Lord's Prayer
Learn The Prayer of Thanksgiving
Learn Psalm 50
Learn The Creed
Get in touch
For more information please contact us using the links below. If you would like to visit us please do. The usual service times are as follows:
- Wednesday Liturgies: 5:30-7:00am
- Friday Liturgies: 9:30-11:30am
- Saturday Liturgies: 9:30-11:30am (not very common, please call or email before coming)
- Sat vespers and praises: 6:30-8:30pm
- Sunday Liturgies: 9:00am-12:30pm
We hope to see you soon, God Bless.