On 29th May 2008, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa laid the foundation stone of the new church and the new Community Hall and school buildings in East London on grounds which they own.

     During the celebrations which followed His Beatitude awarded the Honourary Chairman of East London , Mr Philippos Pouroulis, the Cross of the Saint and Apostle Mark for his contribution to the Hellenic Community of East London.

     That evening, the Hellenic Community of East London hosted an official dinner in honour of His Beatitude.