Photos: Orthodox Volunteer Day 2019

Bremen, 23-6-2019

On Sunday,June 23, 2019, the parishioners of the Church of St. Royal Passion-Bearers in Bremen, from small kids to adults, have been making flowers for the upcoming “White Flower” action, which will be held in the framework of the fifth Day of the Orthodox Volunteer in Krefeld.

Program of the Orthodox Volunteer Day

Germany, Krefeld, July 5-7, 2019

Traditions of Christian charity and new technologies in volunteer work

Last update: 21-6-2019
July 5, Friday

17.00 Welcome and registration of the participants. Tea and cake.
18.00 The meeting of volunteers and parishioners with аrchbishop Panteleimon (Shatov), Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevо, Head of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service of the Russian Orthodox Church.

July 6, Saturday

8.30 Moleben (service of supplication) before a good deed and to st. John of Shangai.
9.00 The openinig of the Volunteer Day.
Greetings from archbishop Tikhon of Podolsk, governor of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany. Opening remarks by archpriest Ilya Limberger
9.30 On importance of volunteer work in Christian life, Abp. Panteleimon
10.00 ,
Report on activities and plans of Diakonia,
Alina Titova,
Russian Orthodox Diakonia «Good Deed», Germany
10.30 Presentations of the local Diakonia groups
at the German parishes and the volunteer groups of other countries
11.15 Should the hidden become revealed, or Why do we need an organized
volunteering. Deacon Igor Kulikov, head of the Distance Education and Further Training Section of the Synodal Department for the Church Charity and Social Service of the Russian Orthodox Church.
11.45 Coffee break and poster session. Group photo.
12.15 On the role of team in volunteer work, Alina Titova
12.30 Modern technologies of efficient communications in distributed project teams. Alexei Glamozda, head of regional office Eastern Europe, «Levereis», Germany
13.00 Coffee break
13.15 Trial by fundraisng: technologies in response to challenges
Pascal Lépine, founder of Atypic, Canada, consulting for non-commertial sector
14.00 Who is a volunteer? Frederica de Graaf, volunteer of the First Moscow Hospice, Russia
14.45 Lunch
15.15 The method of therapeutic recreation in rehabilitation of children and their family members during and after the illness. Anna Vorotnikova,
coordinator of education of the volunteers, DobroMore Center, Russia
16.00 On patnership, attention and creative content in the work with seriously ill children. Konstantin Sedov, «Bolnychye Klouny» (CliniClowns), Russia
16.45 Coffee break
17.00 Activities in the working groups:
1. The role of information and IT-technologies in charity
2. Is it possible to make charity self-sustaining? Dobro More project.
3. The training session «Clowns in a hospital»
4. The training session «Emotional burn-out»
5. Round table for young people
18.00 Vespers and confession
19.30 Dinner
20.00 Tea. A conversation with an interesting person.Frederica de Graaf

July 7, Sunday

9.30 Holy Liturgy, celebrated by archbishop Tikhon of Podolsk
11.30 Conclusions. Closing of the Volunteer Day.
12.00 The charity action «White Flower»
15.00 The visit of ill children with Konstantin Sedov

Address: Wielandstraße 11, 47799 Krefeld
Contact: +49 178 5408805, Alina Titova
+ 49 176 21214717 Elena Palchinsky

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Charity festival “White Flower”, 19-5-2019, Moscow

Photos: the festival as seen by our volunteers
On May 19, in Moscow, in the Marfo-Mariinsky convent, the White Flower charity festival has taken place. The orthodox relief service “Miloserdie” has been organizing the festival annually for already 9 years. This year the feast turned out to be the biggest for all years – thousands of Muscovites and city guests have came to the convent, and about 4 million rubles have been collected in total.

This year, in the framework of the interaction between Diakonia and “Miloserdie”, the experts of “Miloserdie” held a number of webinars on technologies and the preparation process of the festival. Three Diaconia volunteers – Elena Palchinskaya from Krefelda, Olga Schmidt from Wiesbaden, Irina Simonova from Berlin – were able to visit Moscow Our volunteers could directly participate in preparing and holding the festival, were in the midst of it. They have learned and seen a lot. Elena Palchinskaya is reporting:
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Orthodox Volunteer Day, July 6 2019, in Krefeld

The Orthodox Volunteer Day, which was established in Russian Orthodox Diocese of Berlin and Germany to be celebrated every year on the first Saturday in July, will take place this year on July 6th in Krefeld. It will be held in Krefeld on July 5-7, on the basis of the parish of St. Barbara, Wielandstr. 11, 47799 Krefeld,
The theme of Volunteer Day in 2019 is New technologies in volunteer work .
We expect many very interesting speakers and guests from different countries and areas of activity. We are pleased to announce the arrival of Vladyka Panteleimon (Shatov)! We will discuss technical developments, psychological techniques, new concepts and findings. There will also be round tables on the participation of children and adolescents in volunteer work, burnout prevention techniques, and effective communication in the volunteer group. There will be a workshop on dealing with seriously ill children and their families. In a special session, we will discuss a new rehabilitation and educational project of the Good Deed. We will meet old friends, establish new contacts, communicate, support each other, have fun and share experiences. A joint liturgy and communion in the church, a charity event in favor of our care-takers and the closing of the Volunteer Day will take place on July 7th.

You are invited! Please come.

We do expect the representatives from each diaconical group of Good Deed. It would be even better if the whole group comes!

To take part in the event , please fill out the registration form before June 10 (before June 5 if you need an overnight stay). The registration fee is 30 euros, this includes food and accommodation. Please pay the fee here .

Questions and suggestions by phone or email: +49 178 5408805,