Welcome to Saint George!
I’m glad that you have taken the time to visit our website.
We live in a world where people are hungry to find something solid, reliable and unchanging to feed their souls. Although many are distracted by entertainment masquerading as Christianity, or by the many concerns of this world, at their very hearts they know they need to get back to the ancient Apostolic roots of the Faith.
This is the Orthodox Church. Saint George is one of the five Orthodox parishes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each parish is unique as well as fully joined to one another despite being in different jurisdictions (under different bishops). Our Grand Rapids parishes join together for worship, common events—like our Summer Youth program, and common causes.
Saint George parish is the oldest Orthodox church in western Michigan, being first organized in 1906 and made a parish community in 1907 by Saint Raphael (Hawaweeny) of Brooklyn. We are part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Our community’s roots are from Lebanon, but there are many who have joined our parish from European ancestry too. We are a very warm and welcoming community.
If you enjoy a good choir, then you will find a wonderful all volunteer choir here at Saint George. While we primarily sing music from the Byzantine tradition (which has been Americanized), we also sing some Russian music as well.
If you are seeking a “holy space” in which to pray, then you will find one of the most beautiful churches in western Michigan here. You will find praying here deeply moving.
If you desire to develop new friendships and a deeper Christian fellowship, you will be embraced by the warmth and charity of our parishioners. Join us for our coffee hour after the Divine Liturgy and allow us to introduce you to our community.
If you want to understand the Faith better, then you will enjoy our adults’ Bible study or our Inquirers’ Classes.
Whatever you are seeking, you will find in authenticity here at Saint George’s.
We hope that if you are in Grand Rapids you will visit us, for you are most welcome. If you can’t make it here but are in need of prayers for yourself or for your loved ones, please send me their names so that we can pray for them.
Please take your time and look over our website to find out more about Orthodox Christianity. May our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ bless you all.
Fr. John Winfrey