September 2019

14th of September
The church will be open from 10am-6pm for the Ride-Stride bike event.

Also the church celebrates it's 11th year of service and the Salutations to the Holy Cross.


8th of September


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Greek Orthodox Community of Milton Keynes and Surrounding District will be held in our Church, London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, on Sunday 8th September 2019 at 12.30pm for the following purposes:

1. To Pray.

2. To receive apologies and record members present.

3. To approve and sign the minutes of the previous AGM

4. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 30th November 2018.

5. To appoint Tearle & Carver Ltd as the Independent Examiner of the accounts until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.

6. Trustee’s Report.

7. Any other business
a] Future plans
b] Various tasks


By Order of the Trustees


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Our Church used to have four crosses we believe, one on each corner of the roof, back when it used to be St. Mary the Virgin. When it stopped being a church in 1968 (converted to a Community Centre in 1976), the crosses were removed.

When we moved in (2009) and re established the Church status of the building as St. Ambrosios & St. Stylianos and as we were conducting indoor repairs, we experienced a mini-miracle. Days after moving in, our neighbour found a cross as she was digging in her garden. She came in the Church and gave it to us. It was a smaller cross from the east corner. We were all shocked and so happy.

The cross was restored, after spending at least 41 years buried and was placed on one of the window ledges inside the Church, hoping that one day it could be placed back on the roof. More pressing matters occupied our time, like purchasing the adjacent Hall and restoring it. The cross kept waiting for its turn on the list of priorities. There was some pressure by parishioners that the cross should move higher up on our priorities, after all, that is one of the essential elements of any Christian Church. A wonderful couple offered to cover the cost of the installation and seemingly, the last hurdle was gone. Or so we thought.

We sought permission by the local council (that was easy) and then looked for who could install it. We even contemplated doing it ourselves. How hard could it be? Well harder than we thought. High lift equipment that had to be tall enough to do the job. Tall enough means wide enough too. That meant health and safety implications, there were crossing cables, potential road and pavement closures, associated permissions etc. Again the cross installation was moved to the "too difficult at the moment" list.

Until out of the blue almost and whilst discussing some roof work on the other side of the building with our Chairman Mrs. Beales, Nicholas Fuller of the reputable Thomas Betts & Co. made the "too difficult", so easy! Without too much fuss and with their well know expertise and love for everything historic, they installed our cross up high on the Stony Stratford skies. Those of us who saw it first were really overwhelmed and truly touched. We could stop looking up! We are now complete.

A big big thank you both to the donors who covered the cost and Mr. Fuller for making it look so easy.

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