The Greek Orthodox Community of St Barnabas was established in the year 1965. First services took place in the hall of St Michael of the Anglican Church, Wood Green and later in St Mark’s, the Anglican Church in Gladstone Avenue, Wood Green. Shortly afterwards St Barnabas Church was rented from the Group of Catholic Apostolic churches.
The Greek Cathedral of St Mary, Trinity Road, N22 8LB was purchased from the MethodistChurch in the year 1970. A few years later the premises of St Barnabas were also purchased. The congregation attending every Sunday in the Cathedral is estimated at 750 people.
The School was established in the year 1965. This community was considered as the largest community of our Archdiocese. The School started with a small number of children. It reached the 12,000 pupils and now has about three hundred. Our school operates weekdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. and all day Saturday in two sessions, 9.30 – 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Among other activities our Community offers a free meal to our elderly. This started in the year 1981 once a week. In the year 1988 we gave the elderly a free meal twice a week. This year, due to various financial difficulties, we limited it to once a week.
Additionally, the Secondary School of the Greek Embassy was accommodated in our school premises during the years 1998-2001. They returned to our premises since last September 2012. Their number is 80 students.
15th April 2013