Deanery Conference & Festival 2024 (main)

Deanery Conference & Festival 2024
4 p.m. Friday, 24th May to 12 noon Monday, 27th May
at The High Leigh Conference Centre
Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG

Deanery Conference & Festival: what is it?

The annual Deanery Conference & Festival is a unique church gathering with origins going back to 1975. It is organised by the Thyateira Deanery of parishes of Russian tradition, but members of other parishes in the Archdiocese are especially welcome to take part. We welcome families to attend and we run a
Children' & Young Adults’ programme.

Why do we call the event both a conference and a festival? There is the opportunity to listen to talks, discuss what we have heard and participate in workshops. And the whole event is a celebration of the Orthodox Christian culture that unites our church family. It celebrates the special joy of praying and spending time with Orthodox Christians of all ages from across the country. Through learning together and sharing a common life, even if only for a long
weekend, we grow in awareness that we are one Body of Christ, with a shared faith and identity as Orthodox Christians.

The Conference & Festival takes place over the late spring Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday evening to Monday lunchtime. For some years, it has been held in the beautiful setting of High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.

Each year's event has a particular theme and our regular programme includes:

  • 5/6 talks on aspects of the theme, with questions and discussion
  • Daily services including a Sunday Liturgy
  • A bookstall
  • Sunday evening party with an informal concert
  • Free time for conversation, walks, videos, extra presentations/activities etc.


Photos from the Festival/Conference 2023

Photos taken by:Link
Dominic Pote: Conference & Butterley Train Station
Jim Hyndman: Conference
Jim Hyndman: Butterley Train Station
Jarod McBride: Butterley Train Station

Deanery Conference & Festival 2023 (main)

Deanery Conference & Festival 2023
4 p.m. Friday, 26th May to 12 noon Sunday, 28th May
at The Hayes Conference Centre
Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire 

Theme: 'Granting joy to your disciples'

Conference & Festival'22: photos and videos

Click here to see the photos taken by Jim Hyndman.

Click here to see the photos taken by Dominic Pote.

Click here to access a Youtube video playlist, containing:

Deanery Conference & Festival 2022: Talks

Please find attached the talks by Dr Athanasios Papathanasiou and Fr Dragos Herescu

Deanery Conference & Festival 2022

Deanery Conference & Festival 2022
6 p.m. Friday, 27th May to 2 p.m. Monday, 30th May
at High Leigh Conference Centre
Hoddesdon, Herts

Theme: 'How to be the Church: learning from our past, discerning our calling.'

Cost: All accommodations are now En-suite.  The cost per person is £240 for adults and £50 for children (6-16 years)
Daily visitors: £50/per person per day. Children (0-16), free


Thyateira Deanery's annual Conference & Festival 2021 postponed

   From the time following the decision to postpone the May 2020 event, our small team of organizers have been aware that the circumstances around an event in May 2021 would not necessarily be 'situation normal': our best information from our venue was that - come May - there might well be restrictions in order to minimize the risks of transmitting Covid-19.



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