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A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah".
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"
The little girl replied, "Then you ask him".

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One evening in March of this year, we had a guest speaker give a talk to the youth on how we can change the Mind of God. When he told us that the meeting would be on this topic, I was very excited not only because the speaker himself is a very spiritual and loving man who I had heard before but also because the very concept of human (or anything) being able to change the Mind of God seems almost outrageous. And, yet when considered that perhaps I could change the Mind of God, I realised that I already believed this to be possible for otherwise what meaning do my prayers have if they cannot have a real affect on God and what He will do. Anyway, with these questions in my mind we started a Biblestudy on Exodus 32 and 33, to read and see how Moses once did truly chage the Mind of God.

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We have all felt recently in our hearts that the Spirit of God is calling for us to move from our comfort zones. He doesn't want us to simply care for ourselves and our own spiritual well-being but is eager for us to go out and learn from and encourage those in other churches throughout Europe, and then to go out and share the good news with those who haven't heard of Him. So responding to this calling, a trip to Milan was quickly organised.

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On the 29th of June the youth of St Mark's church embarked on a trip to a small village in the south west of Bosnia called Medjugorje.

Some may think that this is a strange destination and they would not be far from the truth, but as the youth discovered over the duration of the weekend, it doesn't take a big place for God to do big things.

Before the early 80's Medjugorje was a small farming town until 6 children were miraculously visited by the Virgin Mary on a number of occasions. These apportions still continue till today, which has transformed this small town into a center for Christian pilgrims.

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Once a retreat was arranged for the servants in the church of St. Peter, the Seal of the Martyrs, in Alexandria. The church at the time was still in the beginning of its development and it was expected that there would be some 80 servants on this retreat day in the church. However many servants did not come, and the numbers were no higher than 30 servants.

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Seven set off to Milan on the 1st June 2007 to share our Love for the Lord with our Italian brothers and sisters in the Coptic churches in Milan.

The university mtg of St. Mark had quickly planned this and we didn't really think it would actually happen yet here we were. We arrived in a country not too far away from our own yet not able to communicate or get around, so we relied on God who bought us here.

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In one of the winter evenings in 1969 Father Bishoy Kamel went home late (as usual) and he was accompanied by one of his spiritual sons. This young man could not afford new clothes and appeared cold because of the cold weather.

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Father Bishoy Kamel use to always take a particular route from his house to the church on foot and there was a boy (who was not Christian) who lived in one of the houses he would pass on the way to church. This boy would always shout words of insult at Father Bishoy and mock him from the balcony and often he would add to his insults by throwing orange peel at Father Bishoy.

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St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

  • St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church
    Allen Street, Kensington
    London W8 6UX