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Let us honor the holy martyr Barbara, for as a sparrow she escaped the snares of the enemy, and destroyed them through the help and defense of the Cross.

Welcome to our Parish
We invite you to come and experience early Christian worship, in a modern setting.

 

We are a Greek (Eastern) Orthodox parish, part of the oldest Christian tradition, dating to 33 A.D., the day of Pentecost. We trace our roots back to the Apostles and their teachings. We hold fast to the moral, theological and liturgical traditions of the Early Christian Church.
 
Initially established by men and women of Greek descent, St. Barbara today reflects the American experience and is comprised of families  representing multiple ethnicities. Our services are in Greek and English. We sing mostly in Greek. For many, Greek is a reminder of their ethnic roots - but it should also be a reminder of the language of the New Testament, the language used by the Apostle Paul to preach and to write five letters to the Churches established in Corinth, Philippi and Thessalonica that are today books of the Bible (Epistles).  We use English because, true to the actions of the Holy Apostles who employed “Koine” Greek, the “common” language, to spread the message of our Lord Jesus Christ to all, English is the common language of our modern American lives.
 
Are you a newcomer to the area? Visiting? Studying at a local college or University? Curious about Orthodox Christianity? You are always welcome at St. Barbara. While it is our hope that this website will help you learn more about our parish and our Orthodox Christian faith, we confess, we hope - above all else - that you will personally come worship with us. Please feel free to visit St. Barbara and pray with us on any given Sunday. You will discover an ancient yet dynamic faith and perhaps even a spiritual home where you can plant roots to deepen your relationship with Christ in the Holy Spirit.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday Church School

George Barna, a leading researcher on Church and cultural trends in America, was asked,  “What was the most stunning set of data you ever received?"  As a man well-known for exposing very troubling patterns in our society, his findings rarely surprise him, but this one did. He took a national sample of 13-year-olds and compared them with a sampling of adults comprising every age segment. On 12 core spiritual perspectives, he discovered no difference between any of the groups. In other words, the things a person believes by age 13 are pretty much what he or she will die believing.

This should be an eye-opener.  We can’t afford to wait until our children are teenagers before we expect them to be able to understand our Orthodox teachings and major biblical truths. Things like being saved by grace through faith, not by good deeds. Things like how our hearts are naturally inclined to sin and that as a result, they need forgiveness. As Charles Spurgeon said, “A child who knowingly sins can savingly believe.”

At St. Barbara we are gearing up for our Sunday Church School program for the 2014-2015 ecclesiastical year. In order to provide a strong foundation, it is important that your child attend consistently as every lesson builds on the previous lesson.  As families prepare for the new academic school year and extracurricular activities start getting into full swing, please don’t forget to include Sunday Church School into your schedules.  Classes will start on Sunday, September 8.  Registration forms are available in the hall and on the St. Barbara Website. 

I pray that our children will thank God they have grown up in Orthodox homes.

Christi Kleoudis, Sunday Church School Coordinator

SAINT BARBARA FAMILY ALBUM

Plans are under way for the publication of a new pictorial directory for the Saint Barbara Parish.  We are partnering with Lifetouch to professionally produce our updated edition--the last directory was done in 2010.

Our hope is to have every member and anyone else affiliated with the Church to sign up to be professionally photographed by Lifetouch.  There will be a sign-up table for making photo appointments starting July 6 and will continue for several Sundays to come.  Please take this opportunity to be part of this important connection tool and historical document for our church.    As the Church will be celebrating its 65th anniversary this year in December, we are also accepting congratulatory ads as well as business, memorial and family ads--ad forms will also be available at the signup table.  Portraits will be taken on the following dates and times:

    Friday, September 26:  2 pm to 9 pm

    Saturday, September 27:  10 am to 5 pm

    Sunday, September 28:  1 pm to 8 pm

Any questions, contact Helen Paliouras at 919-942-4229.


 

He shows that she is worthy to hear and not to be overlooked, and then He reveals Himself. For she, as soon as she had learnt who He was, would straightway hearken and attend to Him; ...


-St. John Chrysostom, Homily 31 on John 3, 4th Century

 


St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
8306 NC Highway 751
Durham, North Carolina 27713-6860
919-484-1600

Email:
fatherstavroforos2012@gmail.com
webmaster@stbarbarachurchnc.org