On 23rd November, the church Christmas Dinner, organised by the major fund raising team was held at the Kamares Club. It was a tremendous success and was enjoyed by all three congregations who were equally well represented. 58 tickets were sold and I’m afraid that anyone who was unable to attend really missed out. €1100 were raised for church funds.
The food was excellent but will result in one or two pre-Christmas diets being necessary! Music was provided by Blue Jar, a delightfully talented couple with a huge range of different genres ranging from quiet background ballads during the meal and ending with everyone up on the dance floor.
We have been asked to repeat this next year and it is hoped that we will have 75-100 attending once word gets around. If you didn’t go – ask someone who did, what you missed out on.
Many thanks to all the team who worked so hard to put the event on, added to the successful Sponsored Walk – also being repeated next Easter Monday.
The Mini Golf event which took place on Friday 19 May attracted almost 60 people which was hugely successful and enjoyed by everyone.
Many thanks to Margaret, Ian and Caroline for a delicious buffet. After deduction for golf fees and food, €171.33 was raised for Church Funds – well done for those who attended and took part.
Chrissie Peach won the ladies trophy (3rd year in succession for St. Stephen’s) and Roger Parker won the gents trophy (2nd year in succession for St. Luke’s).
Ascension Day in the Forest:
Just over fifty people came to a Eucharist to mark Ascension Day in the hills above Sea Caves, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Don’t miss out next year – mark your diary – Ascension Day 2018: Thursday 10th May 2018.
First church ‘Spring Fayre’ a great success
The first Anglican Church of Paphos Spring Fayre held at St. Stephen’s Church in Tala on Saturday 25th March proved to be a great success.
The church Craft Group which organised the event, would like to thank all those loyal supporters who came and made purchases as well as everyone who manned the stalls, made cakes and produce and supplied items for sale on the day. Let’s look forward to another Fayre next year.
‘Grand Easter Monday Walk’ a Great Success
A big thank you to all those who took part in the walk last Monday.
You will be pleased to know that to date some €5,000 was raised for church funds and another €3,000 by those walking for a variety of local charity organisations.
Nearly 50 people took part in one of the three different walks; from Latchi to Sea Caves, a distance of 30 Kms; Sea Caves to Agios Georgios and back, a round trip of 12 Kms, or the 7 Kms return route from Sea Caves to Corallia Beach.
Chairman of the Major Fund Raising Team, Roger Bailey said afterwards “I was delighted at the response both in the number of walkers who turned out and in the fabulous amount raised. The weather provided the ideal conditions for walking and the event was enjoyed by all.” “We hope next year’s event will attract even more participants raising larger sums of money for their charities. Make a note of the date in your diaries now – Easter Monday 2nd April 2018” continued Roger.
Sincere thanks to all who took part, helped prepare the church, provided refreshments, flower arrangements, for the music, those who attended the service and especially Rev’d Marian for leading the service and to Rev’d Andrew and Canon Anthony.
The theme of the service was, “Am I Being Fair to You?” and it was prepared by Christian women of the Philippines.
The Cover Graphic, shown in the gallery, was designed by Rowena “Apol” Laxamana-Sta.Rosa, a 32 year old self taught artist who says, “I love to draw women as my subject because it reflects the struggles of being a woman.”
The offering totalled €333.15 which has been sent to the WWDOP Centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Thank you to all who gave so generously.
The Anglican Church of Paphos Charity Christmas Fayre
On Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 11.30 a.m. Father Christmas and his Little Helper declared the proceedings open at the Monte Lisa Wedding Venue.
Many months of preparation all paid off, the stalls looked amazing, everyone had worked so hard and people came to show their support for this special, annual church event where members of all three worship centres work together. Both Rev’d Andrew and Canon Anthony were on hand all day to meet the visitors and encourage us all. The TLC Private School choir sang a delightful Christmas programme followed by the famous Cyprus Police Band with the Hammersmith Palais DJ Kevin Barker providing incidental Christmas music throughout the day. Meanwhile, the stallholders were kept busy and people stayed on to enjoy the refreshments too. Congratulations go to the bric-a-brac, produce, raffle, recycled cards and the catering teams who all managed to raise over €1000 on their individual stalls, but at an event like this it is every euro from every stall and the help that everyone so freely gives that makes a great team effort count. We are delighted to announce that just over €11,000 will be dispersed to this year’s list of local charities. The Anglican Church of Paphos is proud to have made such a big difference by reaching out to others.
The Reverend Andrew Burtt has been installed as the new parish priest in the Anglican Church of Paphos.
The installation ceremony, conducted by the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt. Reverend Michael Lewis on Saturday 17 September 2016, was held in the ancient church of Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa (St Paul’s Pillar), Kato Paphos, in front of a congregation of nearly 200 people.
Reverend Andrew joins the church in Paphos from his former position as Chaplain at Portsmouth Grammar School, England. Andrew saw this position as an opportunity to move on. ‘The time was right to look to a parish which would provide an opportunity to use my skills, extend my Ministry and at the same time provide me with new challenges,’ said Rev. Andrew.
The Anglican Church of Paphos embraces the area to the western side of the island – from Pomos in the North, the Akamas in the West, Kouklia in the South to Arsos in the East – with a population of over 90,000. The parish has three churches Ayia Kyriaki in Kato Paphos, St Lukes in Prodromi (near to Polis) and St Stephen’s in Tala.
Further information about the Anglican Church of Paphos, regular and special services, details of its work in the community and social activities can be found by visiting the web site – www.paphosanglicanchurch.org.cy
The Reverend Andrew Burtt, a brief biography
Andrew was born and educated in New Zealand and after gaining degrees from Massey University and a teaching diploma from Christchurch Secondary Teachers’ College, he began his working life as a secondary school teacher in Stratford, in the North Island.
After five enjoyable years teaching geography, he transferred to the other side of the desk to complete his theological studies at St John’s Theological College in Auckland.
He and his wife, Bronwen, then completed joint curacies in the parish of Howick, Auckland, and subsequently travelled to England so that Andrew could apply to become an Army Chaplain. Nine very enjoyable years followed with postings in England, Germany, Hong Kong and the Middle East.
With two young boys reaching important points in their education, it was felt that some necessary family stability was required and Andrew transferred back to school teaching combining classroom work with the wider ministry of a school chaplain. Andrew took up the senior chaplain’s role at Brighton College and, after a little over ten years, moved to be chaplain at Portsmouth Grammar School and then on to Cyprus. Both boys are now in their late twenties and early thirties but sadly Bronwen died in 2003.
Andrew’s interests include keeping fit, along with walking, reading and cooking. He is very much looking forward to getting to know the parish in Paphos and working alongside fellow colleagues.
On a warm sunny afternoon on Tuesday 23rd May, in the attractive gardens of Tweedies Restaurant, Kissonerga, a traditional English ‘afternoon tea’ was held as a farewell to Rev. Andrew and Rosemary. Sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea and ‘bubbles’ were enjoyed by the 87 parishioners who attended.
The event marked the end of two and a half years loyal service by Andrew to the Anglican Church of Paphos during which his dedication, energy, enthusiasm and care for the members of the congregations was greatly appreciated. Leaving gifts, presented by Hilda Wilkinson and Eric Dickinson MBE on behalf of the church, included a special wedding stole for Andrew and a pashmina for Rosemary.
On their return to England, in addition to ministering at their local church in Walton on the Naze, Andrew and Rosemary intend to enjoy retirement and travel throughout the U.K. Our sincere thanks and best wishes go with them for the future.
Following the fantastic success of last year’s Fayre €10,000 will, this week, be distributed to a list of 23 charities, all based on the island. Many of them are struggling having been badly affected by the many recent calls on people’s generosity to support aid agencies coping with refugees in war-torn areas around the world, particularly those close to home; and they therefore rely heavily on the relatively small donations that we are able to send to each of the organisations on the list. The Charitable Giving Committee re-evaluates the list of worthy causes each year and presents its recommendations to the Church Council after very careful consideration, so that only genuine and very worthwhile causes are included.
Not only are we supporting many people living in Cyprus who are a lot less fortunate than ourselves as expatriates, but the event draws our three worship centres closer together in our efforts to make the Fayre a worthwhile enterprise; also it is an excellent vehicle for our work of outreach into the local community. New friendships are cemented and newcomers to Paphos are introduced to a vibrant Church which works hard in a truly Christian spirit.
Although three very valuable members of the committee have decided to stand down, at its February meeting the Church Council made a decision that a new committee should be formed to put plans in place for a similar event next December. A meeting will be called within the next few weeks to form a new committee and begin planning for the 2016 Christmas Fayre. It was felt that it would be a very sad and most disappointing state of affairs if the wonderful results over many years could not be built on and continued indefinitely.