As with all Greek Orthodox Churches in the UK, our Church does not receive ANY governmental or other type of funding. The survival of our Church is entirely reliant on the financial support and volunteering of the members of our Community.
Preparing the Holy Bread (i.e. ‘Prosphoron’) for the Holy Eucharist, assisting the priest in the Altar during Services, helping with chanting, cleaning the Church and preparing treats, which are offered to the whole congregation after each Divine Liturgy, are some characteristic examples of voluntary activities.
Your financial contribution and/or any other type of support you are able to offer to our Church and Community will be most welcome and greatly appreciated. May St. Prophet Elias consistently intercede to God for you and your families!
Everyone is welcome to join us in our services, whether they have paid a subscription or not!
Prophet Elias church is totally dependent on funding by its congregation. The costs of running the church are considerable - around £22,000 per annum. The main expenses are for rent and church services at £16,000 and school education £4,000.
The amounts collected from subscriptions amount to less than 10% of the total amount required to run the church. The balance is obtained from Church collections and donations and fundraising such as coffee mornings and dinner/dances.
Once you have paid for your subscription you can:
Subscriptions are due at the beginning of the calendar year and remain as low as £35 per family and £20 per individual for the whole year. Concessions will be considered for those who experience financial hardship. Higher subscription amounts are most welcome and duly appreciated. On paying your subscription, or any other donation to the church, please indicate it, if you are a UK taxpayer, so that our church charity benefits from the gift aid.
Donations & Subscriptions to our Charity (No. 299645) are made to:
The Greek Orthodox Community of Reading
Account No 73694410
Sort Code 20-1174
Your support and contributions to our Church and Community
will be most welcome and greatly appreciated