As a member of the ancient, apostolic, Orthodox Christian Church, St. Innocent's is committed to worshiping God in Trinity, helping the community in which it resides, and transforming its members into the people that Christ calls us to be. We love visitors! We welcome all to come and see the Tradition and worship of the Orthodox Church, unchanged since the time of the Apostles.
In the meantime, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about St. Innocent Orthodox Christian Church!
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For roughly the first 1000 years, all of Christianity was the Orthodox Church established by Christ and handed down directly to His apostles. The current framework of Orthodox Christian worship and community that we practice here was established prior to Roman Catholicism. The unaltered original doctrine of Christian salvation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to redeem us, remains in the Orthodox Church and her sacraments. The original fourth century communion service, the Divine Liturgy, is still served in the Orthodox Church and received by the faithful every week. The ancient, unchanged, and timeless truth of the Orthodox Church is one of the reasons it is still growing as the modern world increasingly shuns spirituality.
The Orthodox Church is structured. It is mystical. It honors the saints who have gone before us and who have lived the faith and had a lasting positive impact. It is ancient, but addresses the same ancient human needs and conditions that still confront us every day, and it provides our salvation through Christ. Orthodox Christianity is the saving ark on the storm-tossed sea of this world with its non-stop crises.
As the pastor of the holy community of St. Innocent Orthodox Church parish, I invite you to experience the timeless wisdom, strength, spirituality, and holiness of the Orthodox Church for yourself. No matter who you are, the Orthodox Church has always been your Church. Come home!
With respect, and In Christ,
Father James Robinson
This Lent, we as a parish are collecting funds for two worthy charities in what we call our "Here and There" campaign. We support one charity in our local community and one charity abroad. This Lent, we are supporting the Nooksack Children & Family Fund and IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) for Syria.
The Nooksack Children & Family Fund provides monetary support to homeless and impoverished youth in the Nooksack Valley area. St. Innocent's has been a proud supporter of this fund for a number of years.
IOCC is a worldwide charitable organization which does many different types of work in a vast number of countries. Syria has been a big focus of their's for the last few years as the number of people killed and displaced as reach unprecedented numbers.
During Lent we abstain from the good things of the world in order to turn our focus more clearly on God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Almsgiving is a spiritual exercise in which we draw closer to God through our generosity and love for others. God has given so much to each of us, we must be sure we are giving to others.
Donations to the Here and There campaign can be made to the collection box at the front of the Nave. If you would prefer to mail in your donation, please use our Contact page to get our mailing address.
Each year on Lazarus Saturday we get together as a parish to clean our church building and do various projects. The sign up for this year's work party is posted in the Fellowship Hall. We shall see everyone there!
We take time togther to clean our church building in preparation for the coming of Christ on Palm Sunday and His Resurrection the weekend following. Let our actions be an icon of the real cleaning we are going in our souls during this time of year.
We are in the midst of the holy season of Great Lent! Please be sure to check the service calendar for all the extra services that take place during this time. In addition, Lent is a good time to develop healthy spiritual habits like reading of Scripture. The daily readings appear on the Saint Innocent Church homepage on the right side panel. Be sure to check it out!
Also take some time out of your busy schedule to check out these other Lenten resources to more fully engage with this season:
Fr Seraphim Aldea is working to found the first Orthodox monastery in Scotland in over a thousand years. It has been an interesting journey! He joined us Sunday, 4 February for Orthros, Divine Liturgy, and coffee hour. He gave an absolutely great presentation. He is easily found in YouTube and Google searches.
Here's a great link: https://mullmonastery.com/videos/kilninian-a-new-beginning/
For those interested in donating to the monastery effort, please visit: https://mullmonastery.com/us-friends/
Fr. Seraphim was tonsured as a monk in 2005 at Rasca monastery in Bucovine, North Moldavia. He has a PhD in Modern Theology from the University of Durham (UK) for a thesis on Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov's Ecclesiology. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Theology, Oxford University, while working to found the first Orthodox monastery in the Hebrides in over a millennium.