St.Sarkis Church in London concludes Centenary Celebrations with Solemn Ceremony and Festive Gathering.

London, [19 November 2023]

The culmination of a year-long celebration, St. Sarkis Church in London marked the end of its centenary with a memorable day of solemn Episcopal liturgy, a vibrant buffet, and a captivating concert. Congregants, community members, and distinguished guests came together to reflect on a century of spiritual growth and community service, commemorating a momentous occasion in the church’s history.

The day commenced with a solemn Episcopal Liturgy led by Bishop Hovakim, who delivered a profound message inspired by the gospel of Luke. Emphasising humility as the bedrock of all virtues. Following the service in the Church, the Ladies Guild of St. Sarkis Parish and dedicated volunteers led by Annie Kanikenian organised a delightful buffet lunch at Gulbenkian Hall. Congregation members enjoyed the rich flavours of Armenian cuisine while enjoying enchanting melodies of Armenian folk music by DJ Vartan Ohanian and Ara Petrosyan. The event fostered community spirit and raised funds to support refugees from Artsakh during the impending winter months.

Bedros Aslanyan, the Parish Council chairperson, announced that the proceeds from the event, including the harvest money, would be directed to Barnabas Aid. This charitable organisation collaborates with the Armenian church in the UK to undertake significant projects benefiting Artsakh refugees, providing crucial support and assistance to those in need.

The day’s festivities reached a crescendo with a mesmerising concert at the church, featuring the exceptional talents of Lead Soprano of St. Sarkis Church Hasmik Harutyunyan, pianist Razmik Melkonyan of St. Yeghiche Church, and violinist Polina Sharafyan, showcasing a blend of Armenian and International Classical Music. The audience was treated to a captivating performance that underscored the rich cultural heritage of the Armenian Community. 

In his closing remarks, Bishop Hovakim congratulated all the organisers, musicians, volunteers, and attendees for their collective efforts in organising a successful and memorable event. The centenary celebrations honoured the past and laid a foundation for the continued growth and service of St. Sarkis Church in the years to come.

A very special thank you goes out to all team members,Tamara Stepan, Bedros Aslanyan, Sami Minasian, Zorik Gasparian, Hasmig Topalian, Socie Boyajian, James and Vera Harland and Dr Sos Grigorian. 

Finally, thanks go to Annie Kanikanian, Anita Kanikanianand her daughters Tania, Tia and Nina Tamou and Kristina Arakelova.  With their wonderful skills and dedication, this event was a great success.

About St. Sarkis Church

St. Sarkis Church was established in 1923 and has served as a spiritual and cultural centre for the Armenian community in London for over a century. The church is dedicated to fostering a sense of community, faith, and service and plays a significant role in the lives of its members and the wider community. For additional information, please visit

About Barnabas Aid

Barnabas Aid is a humanitarian organisation that supports and assists vulnerable communities and persecuted Christians worldwide. For additional information, please visit


  1. Thank you for continuing to provide such community activities and for reaching out to the wider Armenian community too. As a resident of Surrey I did appreciate attending the late Armenian Christmas service at St Mary’s in Perry Hill. Shad, shad Shounerourgalian

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