The Coptic Church in the UK

The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom dates back to 10 August 1954 when the first Liturgical service was prayed in London by delegates representing the Coptic Orthodox Church at the general assembly of the World Council of churches.

In February 1969 a historic Liturgy was prayed in London by His Grace Bishop Shenouda (the late Pope Shenouda III) who encouraged the faithful to carry out regular services which subsequently led to the hiring of St Andrew’s church in Holborn. Many would gather from across the United Kingdom to pray there until 1978, when, returning to London as Pope, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III consecrated St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Kensington, London, the first Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe.

Since then, the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland has grown exponentially, with three diocese that serve approximately 20,000 faithful across 32 parishes, with the number constantly increasing.

The diocese of the Midlands in the United Kingdom and its Affiliated Regions is overseen by His Grace Bishop Missael, His Grace Bishop Antony presides over the Diocese of Ireland, Scotland, North East England and its Affiliated Regions, and the Papal Diocese, under the care of His Grace Bishop Angaelos, covers all remaining parishes in the United Kingdom. His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim oversees the British Orthodox Church, which is a non-geographical diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is an interactive member of its community, serving people of all ages in a variety of ways across the four nations, equipping people to be faithful citizens and active members of their local communities. Among the various services that the Church provides are spiritual, pastoral care, advocacy and benevolent work, and youth ministry.