Welcome to Kimisis Tis Theotokou in Holmdel, NJ.
It started with a small group of devout families in 1973 and has grown to over 400 families of diverse ages and backgrounds today. The vision for a Greek Orthodox Church in the Bayshore area of central New Jersey was set forth by the founders of Kimisis Tis Theotokou. From bake sales to Festivals, this vibrant group of friends and relatives of several generations, made a dream into a reality. At 400 families, many with young children, our community comes together each Sunday to worship and share together our common values and beliefs, encouraging our youth to continue our traditions, language, and culture. Join us. We welcome you.
Greek Independence Day Parade, NYC, March 29, 2015
June 22, 2015
History of Kouvouklion at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel, NJ as told to me by my parents, Mr. & Mrs. Kosta Kapandaïs, who migrated to the United States from Karlovasi, Samos, Greece to Newark, NJ.
By G. Kostandina Mellas,
There was a group named the Pan-Samian Society, which was formed to promote fellowship among the citizens of the US from the country of Greece to keep awareness of the Hellenic culture.
The history of this Kouvouklion started in the 1900’s. The Pan-Samian Society of Samos Organization of Newark, NJ was in full support of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. This group of people who migrated here from Greece were determined to build a church. This Kouvouklion is believed to have been one of their first projects. Through the years, with full support of the congregation of the church, it prospered slowly moving from one place to another. Eventually, a Presbyterian Church was purchased around 1949. The Kouvouklion remained with Saint Demetrios until 1978 when the Church purchased a new Kouvouklion. The years had passed and Kimsis Tis Theotokou was on the road to being qualified by the Archidocese. At this time, Kimisis was looking for a Kouvouklion. Instinctively, my thoughts went to St. Demetrios, which I had attended with my family. With much grace, St. Demetrios’ parish council (headed by Leonides Balatsos) approved the move of the original Kouvouklion.
Upon the request of the Bontales family, it is with great pleasure that Kimisis will be passing this Kouvouklion to the Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church of Bluffton, South Carolina.