Bible Study Group
Bible Study Groups restarted its meetings studying the Gospel of St. Mark. Bible studies are at the heart of the teachings of the Church. During each meeting a chapter is read in the Bible and followed an interpretation led by the Bishop or clergy. Hermeneutical and exegetical aspects of each topic are uncovered. It helps to understand the links of the given Gospel passages with the Old Testament; certain narratives and prophecies; the meaning of each statement in its historical contexts as well as the relevance on life today. Bible studies sessions end with learning and singing a song from the Armenian hymnal.
Armenian Book Club with Armen Saruhanyan met at the Bishop’s House on May 2nd. He read and presented the works and poetry of Rupen Sevag.
Rupen Çilingiryan (Sevag) (Ռուբէն Յովհաննէսի Չիլինկիրեան (Սեւակ) was born on February 28, 1886, Silivri, Ottoman Empire and was killed August 26, 1915, Çankırı, Ottoman Empire. He was an Armenian poet, prose-writer, and medical doctor. He was arrested at the onset of the Armenian Genocide on April 24, 1915 and killed on August 26, 1915.
It is symbolical that Book Club discussed Rouben Sevag at the time when Armenians all over the world commemorate the Armenian Genocide. It said that he was suggested to convert into Islam and preserve his life, but he chose not to abandon his Christian faith and was martyred.
The main objective of these meetings is to promote western Armenian dialect and discover the life of Armenians in Constantinople, modern Istanbul.
Farwell reception in honour of outgoing Consul of Armenia
By the Invitation from Embassy of Armenia in the UK, the Primate along with community members attended the farewell reception of Consul Ms. Hayarpi Drmeyan, which took place in Hay Doon, 2nd May. The attendees also welcomed the new Consul Mr.Gagik Kirakossian. After the speech of His Excellency Ambassador Arman Kirakossian, Ms. Hayarpi Drmeyan thanked the community and all those with whom she had worked during the last three years. Baroness Caroline Cox and Mr. Steven Pound and other MPs and Consuls were present. Speaking on behalf of community the Primate thanked Ms. Drmeyan for her work and wished her success in her future diplomatic career.
A social took place at the Bishop’s House on May 3rd organised by the ACYO committee. The delicious BBQ made by the youth themselves was one of the highlights of the event which also featured Armenian karaoke, dance, and poetry recital. It was an exciting opportunity for the youth to build bonds in order to publicise and widen this event format in the near future. A huge thank you to Shahe Ghulian for sponsoring the event, as well as the new sound system, which is now set up and in full use for future events.
Art Wellbeing for Women Club
The club met at Bishop’s House on May 4th with a beautiful art session led by Anna Virabyan. The amazing artwork was produced by the ladies who joined. The therapeutic nature of the artworks means no artistic ability is required and anyone who wants to use creative art as a medium through which to express their experiences can join.
The Children’s Club was run by Anna Henden and Vanouhi Petrosyan on May 4th at 2 pm. They use toys, music, and singing to engage children with the religious Christian world. Through these mediums, children are better able to express themselves and learn about the Christian religion in a more playful and captivating way.
Armenian Summer Festival
The 9th Annual Armenian Summer Festival will take place on July 14th at North Acton Playing Fields: Eastfields Rd, Acton, London W3 0JF. ASF is a celebration of our culture, history, identity and faith. Each year, the festival offers a comprehensive programme of music including folk, classical and religious, along with traditional Armenian dancing. There are also delicious home-made foods, market and community stalls and activities for children.