We're so excited you stopped by. Make yourself at home, click around, and spend some time getting to know us! The most common question we get is: "What is Orthodox Christianity?" That's a huge question, so we'll save you some time and give you the express version!
Evangelical, but not Protestant. Orthodox, but not Jewish. Catholic, but not Roman. Pre-denominational. Has been believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for. It is the Faith that has established the Universe. Proclaiming the Truth since 33 A.D.
Our hope and prayer is for you to come and encounter Christ in a real way through our worship; a wholesome worship that elevates us to heaven. Take the leap - Come and See! We, and most especially Christ, is ready to meet you and welcome you with open arms!
QUICKLINKS & RESOURCES
Journey to Fullness
Join us every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM as we work through the 'Journey to Fullness' educational series. This is Phase 1 of our Mission and Outreach educational series. If you're interested in taking ownership of your Orthodoxy, learning how to better witness your Faith, learning about Church growth, and about becoming a servant-leader of your Church, this class is for you! Following 'Journey to Fullness,' we'll deep dive into the 'Effective Christian Ministry' course.
Saint John's Orthodox Church is proud to host Silent Hope every Wednesday evening at 5:00pm for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. This meeting will be a weekly rotating format with a lead at the end of each month. There will be coffee, snacks and a 50/50 raffle each week. Come and join us for some fellowship and recovery! Contacts: Angela C. (330) 314-3805 and Crystal J. (330) 442-8361. We look forward to seeing you!
Open to ALL!
Having completed the Iconography class, the series is now posted on our YouTube page! We thank Father Brian for sharing his knowledge and wisdom about holy icons. Click below to watch the videos and learn what icons mean, why they exist, what they're used for, and the development of iconography over the centuries. In these classes, Father Brian will teach you how to interpret icons through a biblical and historical lens. CLICK HERE to view the archived playlist! Enjoy!
The Divine Liturgy Educational Series (Season 2)
Join us for Season 2 of Fr Brian's class on the Divine Liturgy, in our social hall at 6:30pm. Come and learn how the Divine Liturgy came to be; its origin, history and development over the centuries. This class is open to everyone - so don't be shy! We can't wait to see you!
Classes Resume NOVEMBER 2
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Does a person have to be Greek, or Russian, or from some other European heritage to be an Orthodox Christian?
A. Most emphatically NO! The various Orthodox churches in the United States welcome anyone for worship and to consider membership. At the present time, the Orthodox churches in the West are experiencing significant growth from Protestants and Roman Catholics interested in our worship and doctrines. The Orthodox Church is Christ’s Church and is therefore open to everyone.
Q. What is the language used during Sunday worship?
A. All of our services will be 100% in English, with the exception of a few services where a common hymn might be sung in many languages (Russian, Greek, Romanian, Arabic). These specific hymns are festal and account for .05% less English than usual.
Q. Is your Church family friendly?
A. Yes! Absolutely! In our Church families worship together in the same space. We are used to hearing the rustle and bustle of our little ones. However, if our little ones get out of hand (as they sometimes do) we ask that you please step out with your child until. him or her calms down, and as not. to distract fellow worshippers.
Q. Can I receive Holy Communion?
A. Sadly, no, as the Christian Church is tragically divided and does not yet share the same One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith in Christ. Receiving Holy Communion is the paramount sign of the Oneness of the Faith, which is not a reality at present. Please pray for the unity of all Christians in both faith and love. We encourage our non-Orthodox visitors to get in the communion line in order to receive a blessing from the priest, and to partake of our post-communion bread and wine, known as "Antidoron," which means, "Instead of the gift." The gift being, the Eucharist.
- Orthodox Arts Journal
The Journal covers visual arts, music, liturgical ceremony and texts, and relevant art history and theory. The Journal presents these topics together to highlight the unified witness of the arts to the beauty of the Kingdom of God and to promulgate an understanding of how the arts work together in the worship of the Church.
DID YOU KNOW?!
- There are some 250 million Orthodox Christians in the world.
- Most Christians in Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia, Russia and Ukraine are Orthodox.
- Three million Americans are Orthodox Christians
- The heaviest concentrations of Orthodox in America are in Alaska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.
- Our specific parish is a community of the Diocese of the Midwest, in the Orthodox Church in America.
- Our diocesan bishop is The Right Reverend Daniel; the OCA Primate is Metropolitan Tikhon.
- Organized Orthodox Church life first came to America in 1794 with missionaries from old Russia who came to Alaska.
- Centuries of vigorous Orthodox missionary activity across 12 times zones in northern Europe and Asia was halted by the Communists after the Soviet Revolution in 1917.
- Orthodox missions are active in Central Africa, Japan Korea and many other parts of the world.
Click below to visit the websites of our sister Orthodox Christian Churches in Warren, Ohio. We've also included links to our beloved Orthodox Monasteries, located in Ellwood City, PA and Hiram, OH.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please contact the parish/monastery administrators to inquire about visiting.