Experience the flavors, sights, sounds and traditions of Greece at the Greek Festival, sponsored by the parishioners and friends of St. Barbara Church. Come experience the kefi (joy) of this annual event that draws thousands in the Triangle area.
Admission is free and there will be fun for all ages, rain or shine! Come celebrate life with the Greeks and enjoy their legendary hospitality. You’ll get caught up in the spirit of kefi and might even find yourself dancing to bouzouki music and shouting "Opa"!! A portion of the festival proceeds benefits the Durham Rescue Mission.
For a good synopsis (that's a Greek word) of the Greek experience and Greek culture, view the video What it Means to be Greek.
We are a Greek (Eastern) Orthodox parish, part of the oldest Christian tradition, dating to 33 A.D., the day of Pentecost. We trace our roots back to the Apostles and their teachings. In that regard, we can be considered "pre-denominational" (pre-dating the schisms and reformations that occurred after 1000 A.D.). We hold fast to the moral, theological, and liturgical traditions of the Early Christian Church.The Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian church, with 300 million followers.
Initially established by men and women of Greek descent, the St. Barbara community today reflects the American experience and is comprised of families representing multiple ethnicities. Our services are in Greek and English. For many, Greek is a reminder of their ethnic roots - but it should also be a reminder of the language of the New Testament, the language used by the Apostle Paul to preach and to write five letters to the Churches established in Corinth, Philippi, and Thessalonika that are today books of the Bible (Epistles). True to the actions of the Holy Apostles, who employed the common “Koine” Greek language to spread the message of our Lord Jesus Christ to all, we use English because it is the common language of our modern American lives.
Are you a newcomer to the area? Visiting? Studying at a local college or university? Curious about Orthodox Christianity? Please feel free to visit St. Barbara and pray with us on any given Sunday. You will discover an ancient yet dynamic faith and perhaps even a spiritual home where you can plant roots to deepen your relationship with Christ in the Holy Spirit.