Trudy I truly would love to come to your church it feels actually welcoming! but being in Australia there is a huge amount of spiritual apathy
Prodromas, Australia is not the only place where apathy is present. It is present in my small American (Russian Orthodox) parish as well. We average about 60 persons per Sunday attendance. But if one of the kids has a soccer game, cheerleading competition or football, that takes precedent and the parents take them to that event rather than church.
As for Sunday school, well a good day has maybe 7 or 8 attending. The kids don't want to get out of bed to come because it starts at 8:45 a.m. and lasts 35 minutes if I am fortunate.
Many of our parishioners are elderly too. They are the more faithful of any. There are very few who attend with any regularity that are my age (middle-aged). And Vespers there is maybe 6 in attendance of which 4 are singing in the choir!
Apathy, or as my spiritual big brother calls it, accidie (lack of care for salvation) is rampant. You will find this even in Protestant Churches. The Orthodox Church is not the only one sick with this illness.
All we can do, which is what you do Prodromas & Simayan...attend faithfully, take care of your own salvation, and pray/care for others. As God allows, people will notice and ask themselves, "What do they have that I do not?"
Prodromas, I smiled at your story of your priest spinning around in the middle of Liturgy to yell because it reminded me of my parish where I was received into the Orthodox Church 3 years ago on the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. It was a Greek mission parish and our priest was not much more than 10 years older than you. He was Romanian. A wonderful and holy man. I still miss him.
I lived one hour's drive from the parish so left my home at 7:30 a.m. to get to Orthros by 8:30 a.m. it was a full day event and I would not get home until 3:00 p.m. or later. I was the only person who attended Orthros for the year I attended (before needing to move). Divine Liturgy would start on time and barely 6 people would be there. By the time Father turned around for the Small Entrance, there were a few more. By the Great Entrance the place was full! And boy was he mad.
Before he went any further, he came back out from behind the iconstasis and asked our forgiveness 3 times. After Liturgy was over, he explained why...because he was so very angry that barely anyone was in the Nave for the beginning of Liturgy but everyone made sure to be there before the reading of the Gospel so they could receive the Holy Mysteries.
Next week...the place was full before Liturgy began!
And by the time I left, I could sing all the responses in Greek! It helped that the Liturgy book had phoentic spellings of the words...but hey...whatever worked! It was absolutely beautiful!
So when you come to visit America, Prodromas, let me know. I would be honored to have you visit my little parish.
With love in Christ, Athanasia