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The Greek Orthodox Community of Margate was founded in 1964. Greeks from Greece and Cyprus existed in the area many decades earlier. Ringleaders of the foundation of our Community were the late Archbishop Athenagoras (Kokkinakis)  of Thyateira and Great Britain, the then Archimandrite and current Archbishop Gregorios, and the founder and first Chairman of the Community, Mr. Kyriacos G. Koureas.

 

Before obtaining the church building, the Services took place initially in the residence of the first Chairman and then in the Anglican Church of All Saints in Westbrook. The existing Church was acquired in 1964 and was consecrated on 23 March 1969 by the late Archbishop Athenagoras. From that time the Community began to develop and was active in many sectors, such as sanctifying and charitable, and functioned as cohesive link between the Orthodox people of the area who are mostly immigrants from the island of Cyprus. 

 

The first Priest of the Community was Archimandrite Sophronios Papadopoulos. Afterwards our Community has been served by Archimandrite Chrysanthos Georgiou, Fr. Michael Pazinas, Archim. Anthimos Loizos, for short intervals by Fathers Dionysios and Athanasios, Fr. Michael Antoniou, the Protopresbyters Kyprianos Konstantinidis and Theodoros Aedonopoulos, and today Archimandrite Vissarion Kokliotis. 

 

Our Church celebrates on 8 November, feast of the Holy Archangels. Traditionally each year the feast of the Epiphany with the ceremony of the Blessing of the Waters and the dive of the Holy Cross takes place in the harbour of Margate, presided by the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain and with the attendance of the local Authorities, the Consular Authorities of Greece and Cyprus, the representatives of various denominations and many faithful people.

 

As Chairmen of the Community served  Kyriakos G. Koureas, Ioannis Christodoulou, Konstantinos Themistokleous, Andreas Hatzimichail, Adamos Marinou Zacharias Charou and the current Chairman Michael Papadopoullos.

 

Furthermore, the Community owns a Hall that functions as Greek tavern in 45 Grosvenor Place, Margate CT9 1UX.