Message of welcome from the clergy for St Demetrios Greek School

Dear visitor, we warmly greet you and welcome you to the website of St Demetrios’ Greek School and hope that what you find here will give you a glimpse of the life of this important and thriving dimension of our parish life.

It is a blessing that our children come to learn the Greek language, culture and history through classroom lessons, but also through songs, plays and dance, all in the location of the parish, alongside St Demetrios church and thus overshadowed by the grace of God. The Greek School is also a catechetical School, where the Orthodox faith of the children is nurtured and expressed through prayer, worship and teaching.

The church is a place of teaching and learning. The faith is learned and transmitted especially in the Church services because the prayers express the faith and our prayer-worship culminates in communion with God which is the knowledge of the truth which sets us free from every constraint (see John 8, 32). Lessons begin with a common prayer and for important feasts time is set aside for the children to attend the Divine Liturgy.

It is our hope and prayer that every student of this school becomes proficient in Greek, which is the richest of languages, the language of our forefathers, of the Gospels and theology and the language that brings us together in fellowship as we speak to one another in Greek and acknowledge that we are privileged recipients of this treasure.

As we endeavour to pass on the treasures of our Greek let us also remember that Christ’s message must also dwell amongst our children richly (Col. 3, 16) and that God’s language is the language of love. It is our sacred duty to speak to our young people, ‘in season and out of season’ (2 Tim. 4,2) about the extreme goodness and love of God and instruct them in His commandments. God’s word will then become a lamp and light to their path (Ps 119:105) through life and give them security in their identity, founded on a foundation that will never be moved, faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Greek school priest

The V. Revd Archimandrite Dr Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos is the Senior Priest of our Parish. He was born in Athens in 1976 and was ordained in 1996. In 2004 he came to England for studies and served at various parishes of the Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. Between March 2020 and March 2022 he served as the Chancellor of the newly elected Archbishop Nikitas. He studied Social Theology at the University of Athens and completed a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. He also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London.

Fr. Nikodemos is also a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame in England teaching Christianity and Islam & Christianity and Religious Art. A major focus of his research investigates the cultural, socio-economic and political implications of the increasing number of Muslim refugees and immigrants in European territories as a result of the current situation in Syria, Iraq and the wider area of the Middle East.

Fr. Nikodemos has taught at various UK institutions and participated in many national and international symposia and conferences