"And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common" Acts 2:42-44
The St Paul Ministry is founded on a novel and fresh approach to fellowship, with the aim of encountering Christ through the life and practice of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Christian church of Egypt.
This ministry aims to make the ancient apostolic Faith practical, reachable and tangible within a western context. Our goal is to enable the enrichment of lives through fellowship of the church, the manifest Body of Christ.
Under the care of HG Bishop Angaelos, St Paul Ministry is founded on a novel and fresh approach to fellowship, with the aim of encountering Christ through the life and practice of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Christian Church of Egypt. This Ministry aims to make the ancient apostolic Faith practical, reachable and tangible within a Western context. Our goal is to enable the enrichment of lives through the fellowship of the Church, the manifest Body of Christ.
Aims & Objectives
The St Paul Ministry is built on the simple model of the Early Church as outlined in Acts 2:42-44 and aims to create a sense of community and fellowship by which members can develop, strengthen or even re-establish a relationship with God through the Coptic Orthodox Church, one of the most ancient and apostolic Christian Churches that continues to develop dynamically to meet pastoral needs.
In line with Acts 2:42, the St Paul Ministry aims to achieve this by:
1. Providing opportunities for greater knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and teachings of the Fathers.
2. Creating a safe and familiar space for interaction with like-minded people along their spiritual journey.
3. Making manifest the Faith and practice of the Church through its Sacraments.
4. Having a time of focused collective prayer and worship.
Among its’ specific functions, the St Paul Ministry will have a programme of:
· Producing specific materials in order to assist those exploring, discovering or re-establishing a relationship with God, or those merely questioning.
· Working with parishes to receive those for whom this ministry may become a bridge, in order to enable a smooth transition.
The St Paul Ministry is a natural extension of the Grapevine Fellowship and Coptic City Mission ministries and thus provides an opportunity for those who feel a calling to serve the wider community. Aside from providing these opportunities for service, this ministry will not be focusing on those currently anchored in and committed to the parish life of any Church.
Being built on the foundation of Acts 2:42, we hope that the outcome will be in line with Acts 2:43 & 44 “many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common.”
a) Grapevine Fellowship: A meeting established to address the question of applying Christianity in our lives; steered by a new and dynamic group to provide a focused, straight-to-the-point meeting for those who are busy working or studying.
b) Coptic City Mission: An initiative established in 2001 to enable young people to serve the homeless in the wider community.