Our vision: St. Nicholas Church will strive to glorify God through Orthodox Christian worship, sincere love and care for one another, and service to those in need around us.
Who we are: St Nicholas Church is a vibrant community of Orthodox Christians from a diversity of backgrounds who embrace the historic, pre-denominational Orthodox Christian faith. Our parish is recognized as a center of education and evangelism in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Located only minutes from the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, our mission as a parish is to serve God through worship and in service to others, to grow in our knowledge of Christ, and to be continually transformed into His Likeness by His Grace through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We want to get to know you better, and we invite you to join us for any of our worship services, educational offerings, and activities. Whether you're looking for a place to worship, or have questions about the Orthodox Christian faith, we'd love to meet you.
If you're a first time visitor to an Orthodox Church, we encourage you to read 12 Things I Wish I'd Known: First Visit to an Orthodox Church.
What We believe: When we say we are the 'Church of the Apostles,' we mean it! For an Orthodox Christian, the most important thing is to hold the faith that has been practiced and taught 'always, everywhere, and by all," (St Vincent of Lerins).
The fundamental doctrines of our faith are summed up in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, which was written in the fourth century:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
For a fuller treatment of Orthodoxy, consult the excellent work by Fr Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith. At the website of the Orthodox Church in America, you can also find a helpful series of Questions and Answers about Orthodoxy. You may also visit the Our Faith page on this website.