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.
Ascension Day service in the forest, Thursday 25th May
This year we will again be holding our annual Ascension Day service in the picnic area at Peyia Forest on Thursday, 25th May starting at 11 a.m.
For those of you who have never been, the unusual setting provides a peaceful tranquil environment for this important service in the church’s year. Why not join us for the service, in the beauty of the forest and bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards. Everyone is welcome
Special Service to mark ‘Wesley Day’, Sunday 28th May
To mark ‘Wesley Day’ we will be holding a special service at St. Stephen’s, Tala at
11 a.m. on Sunday 28th May.
The service will be exploring and commemorating the life of the Wesley brothers and of course singing some of the famous Wesley hymns. All are welcome to come along and join with us for refreshments after the service.
John Wesley (1703-1791) – a short history.
Wesley was an ordained priest in the Church of England and theologian who founded Methodism.
On the evening of 24th May 1738 he experienced an evangelical conversion and felt ‘his heart strangely warmed’. He became an itinerant minister who preached in the open air to all who would listen, travelling far and wide throughout Britain on his horse. Wesley had no intention that his style of worship would compete with the Established Church but inevitably it grew outside the parish churches as he said ‘the world is my parish’. Wesley died claiming he was a ‘loyal member of the Church of England’, but within seven years of his death, Methodism was established on four continents outside of Europe and finally it separated from the Church of England.
John’s younger brother Charles, also an ordained priest in the Church of England, wrote over 6,000 hymns many of which are favourites today, including the famous ‘Love Divine All Loves Excelling’ sung at many weddings. He used well-known and easily sung tunes which was another reason for the Wesley brothers being seen as separate from the Church of England since their joy in music and singing was seen as ‘enthusiastic’ and was rejected for not being sufficiently ‘formal’.
Over the past few years the Church of England and Methodists have been working closer together and the various Anglican parishes on the island of Cyprus will be marking ‘Wesley Day’ (24th May).
‘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.
At its meeting in February the Church Council approved the adoption of a new Logo and Title style (shown below) for the Anglican Church of Paphos.
Over time,it will be introduced onto all visual materials including printed matter, notices and signage as part of a communications programme to raise awareness and visibility of the church within the community.
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 Women’s Group met on 19th January at St. Stephen’s Church with 17 attendances. The speaker, Brenda Pearson who became blind at the age of 45, entertained us with her stories.
Brenda was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 38. She became totally blind at the age of 47 and was fortunate to get her training in Hong Kong, which she said was the best. The training was to equip her with skills she would need to be able to lead a near normal life. Brenda and her husband Keith moved to Paphos on retirement, 23 years ago.
Her numerous incidents included flying acrobatics in a Tiger Moth with a one-eyed pilot (which she only found out later), bungee jumping in New Zealand, learning to navigate by herself in the busy streets of Hong Kong, finding herself in a car with a stranger who turned out to be a gentleman and of course learning the fine art of using a computer, long before many of us did, I suppose.
Brenda’s spirit and energy was an inspiration to us and we unanimously agreed that we all would be half as fortunate if we had the courage and optimism of this amazing woman.
The next meeting will be on 16th February at St. Luke’s Church in Prodromi, Polis at 3.00 p.m. The speaker will be Peter Latham. He will be giving a talk about the building of the Dreamland Mission Hospital and his experience in Kenya.
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.
Giving Tree Presents – 20th December 2016
Some 70 Christmas presents provided by members of the St. Stephen’s Congregation and visitors under the “Giving (Christmas) Tree” project initiated by Reader Ann Bailey. The pictures show the gifts being presented by Ann to Mrs Helen Dagli, the deputy head of the Department of Social Services in Paphos. The presents were distributed by Social Services staff to the children of needy families in Paphos later that day. These families generally receive Government financial support sufficient to enable them to live in low cost rented accommodation dotted around the town. Mrs Dagli had previously provided a list of the ages and genders (but not names) of the recipient children to enable the presents to be matched accordingly. Mrs Dagli and her staff were bowled over by the volume of the gifts and expressed their extreme gratitude on behalf of the children who would receive them.
On the 19th December 2016 volunteers from all 3 of our worship centres with our Associate Priest, Canon Anthony Stidolph, were singing carols around the wards in The General Hospital and The Friends’ Hospice at the St. George’s Clinic. The singing was led by Doris Willis, and her friend Janet accompanied the singers on the recorder.
women’s world day of prayer
This will take place on Friday 3rd March 2017, commencing at 3 p.m. at St. Stephen’s.
All Christian Churches in Paphos are contacted and invited to take part. If anyone would like to volunteer to read at this service from Ayia Kyriaki, St. Stephen’s and St. Luke’s, please contact Chris Hoskins as soon as possible by email email@example.com or call 97 753973. The service has been prepared by Christian women of the Philippines and it is hoped that some Filipino ladies will take part. Please encourage parishioners and visitors, including gentlemen to attend.