Our beginnings were with a small group of Orthodox Christians who were worshiping in the former grounds of a Greek Orthodox Youth Camp in Brooksville, FL. Early in 2002, the property was turned over to our mission by the Board of the Camp, once we had paid off the existing mortgage. With this, Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church began functioning with the blessings of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta. We are now a Mission and function with full participation of even more stewards.
Our location on the Nature Coast of Florida is with easy access (Routes 19 and the Suncoast Parkway) to the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg to the south and the counties north of our location. In addition to the majority of Stewards and Friends of our mission from Hernando County, we draw people from the south, north and west to the unique and special Church life that we foster.
Christ the Savior Church, whose feast day is the Presentation of Christ at the Temple, celebrated on February 2 annually, is a Pan-Orthodox Church. We have Stewards and Friends from several traditionally Orthodox nationalities, many converts from other church traditions and from none. For this reason, most of our services are conducted in English, with some small use of other traditionally Orthodox languages, such as Greek, Slavic, Arabic, Romanian and Albanian; these serve as a reminder of our heritages, but even when used these are repeated in English so that all can understand.
In addition all the services are conducted with the full participation of everyone present, since the texts of each service are provided so that all can sing the hymns and read the laypeople’s responses. We have a partnership with the nearby Pine Grove Elementary School for our philanthropic outreach and we support a missionary working in Africa for the Orthodox Church there. We also have a Sunday School and youth programs.On a regular basis, we organize parish social events for fellowship and fundraising. We have had barbecues, Taverna Nights, Easter Dinners, a Luau and now an Annual Greek festival.
As a Steward or Friend of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, you can participate in this exciting movement toward the future of Orthodox Christianity in Hernando County FL.