The Church of St Nicholas was the second purpose built Greek Orthodox Church in England. George Michael Papayiannis, the first President of the Liverpool Greek Community organised the loan to fund the construction of the Church. Mr Papayiannis, who was also the founder of the great navigational company Ellerman, played an instrumental part in integrating the Greek community within Liverpool. The Church was finally built in 1870 and was proudly dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of families, children and seamen. The Church of St. Nicholas has now become a focal point of the community and is much admired by for its stunning architecture as a Grade II listed building.
The styling of the Church draws heavily on the Byzantine architecture which is typical of the domed eastern Greek Orthodox churches around the world. The church was built by Henry Sumner’s following the architect W. & J. Hay’s plans of a building similar to St Theodore’s church in Constantinople.
The priest for the church of St Nicholas encourages the community to continue working together in helping raise funds and quotes “From the beginning of my services as Priest to the Greek Orthodox Community of Liverpool and the surrounding area and especially as teacher to the Greek Catechetical School of St. Nicholas, I realised the need for our own building to house the School and act as a focal point and meeting place for the community.
Our community felt the same and the Liverpool Greek Society was born. The fundraising has begun and it became evident that it would be better to build opposite our church. This site would help to strengthen the ties of the community to our historic church of St. Nicholas and ensure that the traditions of Orthodoxy and the Greek Language and Customs are passed on to future generations.
I commend the hard work of the LGS committee. However this project requires a substantial amount of money which is beyond our small community. So I urge all you Orthodox Christian to support this worthy cause by donating as much as you can and I pray to the Lord for good health and the blessings of St. Nicholas to you all.
With the love and blessing of Jesus Christ our Lord
Revd. Iakovos Kasinos