Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Middlesbrough

Orthodox icon of the Annunciation Middlesbrough

The Orthodox Church of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Middlesbrough, is a parish of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

We celebrate regular services with the blessing of His Eminence the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Nikitas.

Brief History

The parish was first established in 1976 by the Greek Cypriot Orthodox community in Stockton-on-Tees.

Between 1985 and 1991 the community worshiped in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stockton, a magnificent early 19th-century building which they took over from the Borough Council after the Anglican church moved its parish to new premises in 1982. Orthodox liturgical life at Holy Trinity Stockton was brought to a tragic end when vandals set the church on fire on 26th September 1991.

In September 1999, the late Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira visited the community and blessed its new home at the Church of St Columba in Middlesbrough.

The Community Today

As of January 2024, the community is served by Fr Nikita Banev.

Thanks to a unique arrangement with the Anglican church, the community now has a permanent place of worship situated within the Church of St. Columba, Wilson Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SH.

  • Parking is available on the side of the church as well as at the Sainsbury's supermarket opposite, where pay-and-display is in operation (please check the terms).
  • If you come by public transport, we are less than 10 mins walk from Middlesbrough bus and train stations.
  • When you enter the church, please go to the Lady Chapel at the east end, behind the High Altar, where the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation is located.
Orthodox chapel of the Annunciation
Church of St Columba, Middlesbrogh
Front entrance of St Columba's Church