Welcome to our parish website. We are a large, diverse, and friendly community of Orthodox Christians from many different cultural backgrounds. Our services are in English, and everybody is welcome to come and experience them. 

St Martins, Colchester [side view]

We are part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of the British Isles and Ireland, which is under the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East; we operate under the omophorion if His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan (Oner). You can find more information about our parish and clergy in the About pages, including a brief introduction on the beliefs of the Orthodox Christian faith, and FAQ. Our parish also runs a monthly newsletter, which can be found in the relevant page.

Regular Service Times

Saturdays: Great Vespers 4:30pm St Martin’s Church

Sundays: Matins & Holy Liturgy from 9:45am St Martins Church


Wednesday 1 November

Hours and Holy Liturgy: Wonderworkers and Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas & Damian of Mesapotamia & their mother St Theodota | 9:30am St Helen’s Chapel

Thursday 9 November

Hours and Holy Liturgy: St Nektarios Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis | 9:30am St Helen’s Chapel

Wednesday 15 November


Thursday 16 November

Hours and Holy Liturgy: Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew | 9:30am St Helen’s Chapel

Tuesday 21 November

Hours and Holy Liturgy: The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple | 9:30am St Helen’s Chapel

Thursday 30 November

Hours and Holy Liturgy: Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called | 9:30am St Helen’s Chapel

Confessions: Father Alexander from 5pm after Vespers or by arrangement | Father Mark by arrangement

Holy Marriage, Holy Baptism, funerals, memorials, etc by arrangement


For enquiries about service times, confession or anything else please contact:

Parish Priest: Father Alexander Haig 

Email: parishpriest@orthodoxcolchester.org.uk
T: 01-206-530-530

Assistant Priest: Father Mark Shillaker

Email: markshillaker@gmail.com
T: 07-917-161-295

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stmartinsappeal

We have two temples in Colchester town centre:

St Martin’s Church,
West Stockwell Street
CO1 1HN 

St Helen’s Chapel,
Maidenburgh Street