Some photographs of this year’s Easter Walk – further details including the amounts raised for the church and for the various charities will follow as soon as available.
The Craft Group would like to thank all who helped to run the stalls at the recent Spring Fair, there were representatives from all three Worship Centres.
A warm and friendly atmosphere and a pleasant morning was enjoyed by everyone. A total of €1420 was raised including donations. It was lovely to see the support from members of the local community including church members at this event.
The Craft Group are hoping to support the Samaritans Fair on 7th May at the Angelika Restaurant with a stall of Craft items.
Women’s World Day of Prayer 2018 – prepared by Christian Women of Suriname.
Front Cover Artwork
The painting shows hands symbolically receiving the divine gift ready to pass on to future generations. The sun shines and vegetables and fruit tell us that there is enough food for everyone. The hummingbird, white ibis and macaw represent the many bird species the country boasts. The blue frog is one of the protected species only found in Suriname. Native to the country is the red and yellow heliconia, as is the majestic kapok tree – a beautiful giant of the forest. In the distance the Voltzberg can be seen – one of Suriname’s many granite mountains. The seven women symbolize all women in Suriname who cherish this gift to pass on to their children. Seven also symbolizes the seven days of God’s creation.
The graphic on the front cover was designed by 70 year old Alice Pomstra-Elmont. Alice was born on a ship as her mother was travelling from Paramaribo to Moengo, which in those days could only be done by boat. Most of her youth was spent in Paramaribo. She worked in general education in Suriname and later in special education in the Netherlands, before returning to live in Suriname.
Alice writes: “I enjoy this wonderful country with its rich nature. It is delightful to see the sun rise in the morning and the birds flying. What a precious gift. Let us keep it as beautiful as we received it.”
Some photographs from the Women’s World Day of Prayer Service held at St. Stephen’s Church, Tala.
€265.80 was raised to go towards the grants allocated by the Women’s World Day of Prayer Committee.
€10,000 Raised For Charity By The Anglican Church of Paphos
The Christmas Fayre run by the Anglican Church of Paphos at The Monte Lisa on 6th December 2017 raised an amazing €10,000 which will help 22 charities both large and small based on the island with many working in the Paphos District. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who came on the day, those who worked so hard to make the event possible and to the many local businesses and individuals who gave us help with donations and advertising. We are delighted to have been able to make such a difference to those in our local community once again.
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.