St. Timothy Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
722 Collins Rd., Toccoa, Georgia 30577
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Welcome to St. Timothy Orthodox Church
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    Saturday
    6:00 Great Vespers
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    Sunday
    10:00 Divine Liturgy
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    Wednesday
    6:00 Vespers
    Fast
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    Saturday
    Toccoa Harvest Festival
    6:00 Great Vespers
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    Sunday
    Toccoa Harvest Festival
    10:00 Divine Liturgy
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    Wednesday
    6:00 Vespers
    Fast
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    Sunday
    10:00 Divine Liturgy
The Exceptional Church in Toccoa, Georgia
St. Timothy’s is an exceptional church in three ways. First, if you were familiar with the Orthodox Christian Church at all, you would not expect to find one here in Toccoa, Georgia. It is here because, in 1993, a small group of recently graduated local college students began searching for a more authentic form of worship than what they were experiencing in their contemporary church setting.

And so, St. Timothy’s is an exception in a second way: we are a home-grown Orthodox Church. Almost all Orthodox churches begin as the young children of some parent church that eventually traces its heritage back through history, one generation after another, to one of the ancient churches: Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, or Constantinople. There were five ancient original centers of Christian life, not just four, but the fifth, Rome, separated from the Orthodox in 1054 AD.

After a long and demanding journey, the original members of the search were adopted by the Orthodox Church in America, which traces it’s history back to missionaries from Constantinople.

Currently, most of us, including our priest, Fr. Thomas, are converts from diverse expressions. The late archbishop of Dallas and the South of the OCA,  Archbishop Dmitri,  converted to Orthodoxy from the Baptist confession about sixty years ago.

Most self-started churches in America begin over doctrine or teaching, but that is the third way we are exceptional. St. Timothy’s began out of a longing for the truest and fullest worship. That is what led the searchers to Orthodoxy and let them know once they had found what they were seeking. It is the most Orthodox and most deeply traditional thing about their journey. For Orthodox it does now begin and always has begun with worship. Without that unique experience of actual Orthodox worship, nothing else really falls into place.

“Worship, for Orthodox, is nothing else than 'heaven on earth.' The Divine Liturgy,” which is served in Toccoa every Sunday at 10 AM and is open for everyone to attend, “is something that embraces two worlds at once; both in heaven and on earth the Liturgy is one and the same - one altar, one sacrifice, one presence. In every place of worship, however humble its outward appearance, as the faithful gather to celebrate the Divine Liturgy, they are taken up into the 'heavenly places;' in every place of worship where the Divine Liturgy is offered, not merely the local congregation is present, but the whole Church across all time since the Apostles - the saints, the angels, and Christ Himself.” http://www.saintbarbara.org/faith/worship/worship.cfm

According to Augustine of Hippo, the most famous of Western Christian teachers, whose basic understanding of Christianity is shared by every one of the churches our members originally attended, we cannot meet and know God by our bodies or by any spirit-bearing thing of His Created world. For more than fifteen hundred years Orthodox Churches have disagreed with this great teacher of both the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches.

Orthodox worship “in Spirit and in Truth:” both spiritually and physically; with mind, heart, and body, at one with God through Jesus Christ, His truly incarnated Son. All of the ancient doctrines and teachings of the ancient Orthodox faith originate out of the actual reality of our Communion with God the Father, through His Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

Everything else, across all the generations, is based on the fact of that unchanging and still-shared experience in common. The Bible is read and understood, just as it was written to begin with, from within that common context of life. Our teachings are those “always taught, everywhere, by everyone.” Remember the Badgers in Prince Caspian? Orthodox are like them. We do not change. Ours is a living tradition of life in Christ.
Schedule of Services
Sunday
10:00am - Divine Liturgy

The Hours begin at 9:40 am. Divine Liturgy is open to all visitors although only spiritually prepared Orthodox Christians come to the Chalice to receive Holy Communion.

  
Wednesday
6:00pm - Vespers
  
Saturday
6:00pm - Great Vespers
  
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