We are an Orthodox Christian community of Southampton, New York since 1977 devoted to the Dormition, or the ‘falling asleep,’ of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Our history all began with a dream that was realized only after much prayer, hard work, and the generosity of both well-known great benefactors and gracious benefactors who are only known to God. Back in 1977, a few Greek Orthodox families started discussing the possibility of building a church in the area. Although, at that time, the idea seemed far-fetched they directed their hopes to the Mother of us all, the Panayia, whose presence in their lives reminded them that “what is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
Thus they commenced on a building program of faith knowing that success depended upon Him Who is, was, and always will be, the cornerstone of the Church and the Alpha and Omega of all life, our Savior Jesus Christ. Every time the faithful were confronted by stumbling blocks, the Lord turned those blocks into stepping stones by sending benefactors like: Dr. Leonidas Lantzounis, Basil Goulandris, Pericles Lantzounis, Nicholas Kulukundis, and the godmother of our Church, Evangeline Gouletas.
In the beginning of 1980, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese assigned Father Nectarios Kehagias to serve the faithful who were now holding meetings in their houses and services at Southampton College. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Mother’s Day in the spring of that same year. The Church family began to understand that if the sacred building was to be erected it first must be built in the hearts of the believers. Small miraculous moments opened up the hearts of many and the dream of a Church was finally taking shape. The existing parcel of land was bought in 1980 from Southampton College.
From 1980 to 1983, the parishioners were able to raise some funds towards the building. Parishioners, as well as summer residents and visitors, all started pouring in their love, by offering their time, talent and treasure. By the spring of 1986, the basic structure and the walls were in place. The dream had now become a reality. The church was named in honor of the Mother of God, the Theotokos, and His Grace Bishop Athenagoras officially opened Kimisis Tis Theotokou in August 1986 during a most memorable Thyranoixia Service.
On August 15, 2000, our Parish truly celebrated a millennium milestone when His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America celebrated the Archieratical Divine Liturgy on the Feastday of our Church. This was the first time that any Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese made an archpastoral visit to Kimisis Tis Theotokou.
In November of 2002, the circle was made complete when Archbishop Iakovos, who had recognized our church so many years ago, but never had the opportunity to visit, came, at 91 years of age, to participate and speak in the Divine Liturgy, blessing our drive to build a new church and a more vibrant tomorrow.
We are still building up this Body of Christ! Although we have an exciting future before us with wonderful plans for a larger Church structure, fellowship hall and educational facility, we know well that the Church is not simply a place, but always a people; never a simple fold but always a flock; not only a sacred building but always a believing assembly. Like the Apostles who were inspired by the Holy Spirit 2000 years ago, and as did our mothers and fathers who built the churches in this great Country, we know that our Church can only be a church when it is built brick by brick by the Galilean Carpenter “Whose name is above every name…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:9 and 11)