The religious community of the Temple of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva from Skybyn village, Cherkasy region, became the first local Orthodox community to join the united local Orthodox Church. A local outlet reported that this is the first documented fact of transition from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) to the united local Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
There are some 2,000 residents in Skybyn village; most of them belong to the congregation of the Temple of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva.
'The community made the decision of transition, without waiting for the official ceremony of granting Tomos to Ukraine, which is slated for January 6 in Constantinople... Everybody who was present on the church gathering upheld the option to leave UOC MP', the article says.
For the time being, the services will be performed in the Old Slavic language; next year, they will be conducted in Ukrainian as well, which is the demand of the churchgoers.
Another three villages in the same district are preparing documents to be transferred, the medium reported.