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Welcome to the website of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) located in Mentor, Ohio. Our church has been serving Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties since 1973.

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St Nicholas Orthodox Church • 9650 Johnnycake Ridge Rd
Mentor, OH 44060 • 440-946-9571

Life at Saint Nicholas

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Worship is central at St Nicholas
Worship is central at St Nicholas
Worship is central at St Nicholas

Saint Nicholas Parish supports many charitable causes such as St James Soup Kitchen in Painesvlle, St Herman's House of Hospitality in Cleveland, among many others. Pictured here is Fr Andrew with Seminarian Fotios Kayonjo from Uganda. Fotios spent several of his Christmas Vacations with us and upon his graduation from the Seminary, the Parish sponsored an Open House sending Fotios off with some financial resources.
Sorting food at Harvest for Hunger
Sorting food at Harvest for Hunger
Sorting food at Harvest for Hunger

General Schedule of Services *

Vigil - 6:30 pm - Confession

9:00 am - Church School & Adult Class (Sunday after Labor Day - Sunday before Memorial Day)
10:00 amĀ - Divine Liturgy - Coffee Hour (Summer Hours: 9:30 am begins Sunday after Memorial Day)

Eve of Feasts
Vesperal Liturgies at 6:30 pm

* Special Services to be noted on Monthly Calendar and in the Weekly Bulletin

Our Missionaries in Uganda


“Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matt. 19:14)


Peter and Sharon have returned to Uganda and their very important work there. They've enjoyed a very productive summer making many new parish contacts and enlisting new support for their ministry. Donations can be offered by visiting their website below.


Their Mission Statement:

To provide for the education, health, and welfare of Ugandan children, teens, and young adults.


Visit the website of the Uganda Children's Fund here.


Uganda Update

“God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives . . . and God is with us, if we are with them.” –Bono

The secular world seems always to be concerned with the disparity between the rich and the poor, and what “government” should do to solve the problem. As believers, it’s tempting to weigh in on the debate, especially if we truly care about the plight of the poor. By contrast, St. John Chrysostom did not believe in abstract schemes; he preached the creative power of love. He said, “Material justice cannot be accomplished by compulsion . . . the only way to achieve true justice is to change people’s hearts first, and then they will joyfully share their wealth.”

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You Can Get Here from There

From Route I-90 follow exit #195, Route 615, Center Street. At the end of the exit ramp turn north and follow Center Street (Rt. 615) approximately 1 mile to the 2nd light, Johnny Cake Ridge Road (Rt. 84). Turn right (east) and follow Johnny Cake Ridge Road (you will go through 3 lights) approximately 2 3/4 mile and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will be on your right on the south side of the road.

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