WELCOME TO ST MARY’S, BELGRADE!
I hope that you enjoy your visit to our web-site, and I hope that you will also enjoy visiting us in person at St Mary’s when you are in Belgrade.
While Belgrade is not yet a regular destination on the tourist route, it is a wonderful and vibrant place to be – and the Anglican community here shares in that vibrancy. Although we are officially an Anglican congregation we have members from many different Churches and denominations, and from every corner of the world – a diversity which is reflected in our worship (Sunday Eucharist, 10:30am, additional weekday Eucharists for major saints’ days), our prayer life together and our social life as a community. We are a small, but ever evolving community, and we welcome anyone who would like to come and worship with us.
Alongside the regular worship life of the Church, we also hold Bible study and discussion groups – especially in the seasons of Lent and Advent, but throughout the year as well. Please get in touch if you would like more details. Twice a year, we hold a second-hand book sale, which is one of our most popular events, as well as hosting concerts and organising other social occasions. We also try to fulfil our Christian calling through charitable work: in the past we have worked with an IDP Camp in Grocka, near Belgrade, where a group of Kosovo Serb refugees were living, the Belgrade Homeless Shelter, Materinski Dom (an organisation working with single, at-risk mothers) and of course lending our support to Refugee Aid Serbia (www.facebook.com/refugeeaidserbia) and others working with the general migrant and refugee situation. Again, please contact us for more details, or to find out how you can help.
We also work closely with our sister congregation in Zagreb, Croatia (www.anglican.hr) – as there is no resident priest there, Fr Robin helps out by visiting several times a year to celebrate the Eucharist, and we have also enjoyed visiting each other’s cities and churches in groups. Fr Robin also occasionally visits Sarajevo, Bosnia (particularly for the Act of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday), although sadly we have no permanent congregation there at the moment.
We enjoy good and warm relationships with our fellow Churches – Orthodox and Roman Catholic – and we are regularly invited to use their buildings for our worship. It is one of the great joys of being here to see the ecumenical calling of Christ, expressed in His prayer from the Cross that all His followers should be one, being lived out in such a fashion, both within our congregation and in the fellowship we share with Christians around us.
Once again – a very warm welcome to you. I very much hope that we will be able to make that a personal welcome when you visit us in Belgrade or Zagreb
Dragana Filipović – Church Warden
Eilian Wyn-Jones – Church Warden
Anna Nikolić – Treasurer
Dušan Kovačević – Safeguarding Officer
Nenad Knežević – Archdeaconry Synod Rep
Gillian Gibbon – Archdeaconry Synod Rep
Sandra Shaffer - Secretary
Isaac Nana Amissah Eshun
Monang (Riko) Pandjaitan