A ‘Special Service’ for your animals and pets
Having a pet can certainly be a blessing especially when they provide company and companionship. There is something very heart-warming about being able to show one’s love to that special animal in your life. St Francis of Assisi would have agreed for he was known to have a special love for, and an affinity with animals.
So, on St Francis’ feast day, Wednesday 4th October, there will be an opportunity to mark this special day with a simple blessing of animals by the clergy from both the Latin Catholic and the Anglican Churches. The first animal blessing service was held last year and, due to its popularity, is being held again. Hopefully, it will become a regular event on the church calendar.
Bring your animals and pets to the shaded area just beside the church of Ayia Kyriaki, Kato Paphos at 4.00pm and have your pet blessed. There is a long tradition in the church of giving thanks for animals and blessing them and we will uphold this tradition, and hope that you and your ‘special friend’ will be able to join us.
The Women’s Group met on 21st September at St. Stephen’s Church. The topic was The Mary Wood Trust – Supporting education among the poor in South West Uganda and the speaker was Clare Ramsden, a trustee of the Charity.
In 2002 Clare’s mother, Mary Wood and two of her friends started a Scholarship & Development Fund to encourage and support the education of young people, especially girls, in Kinkiizi Diocese, South West Uganda at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School.
Initially the charity was part of the Bradford Diocese, under the auspices of Christ Church, Lothersdale. However, almost 10 years after the initial thoughts were put into place, it is now a full charity in its own right, in the name of The Mary Wood Trust – a wonderful achievement and a lasting memorial to the work that Mary Wood started.
Over the years, Clare and the three other trustees, who include the original two members and her brother have invested their time and efforts in the growth of this Charity.
The fruits of their labour have truly been blessed in seeing what they have been able to achieve. Their success has enabled them to extend their reach to two other organisations – Ruth Memorial Nursery School and Nyakatare Health Centre.
Their main aims and objectives are:
- To provide scholarships for education and training with a view to improving disadvantaged young people’s life skills and opportunities in Uganda.
- To advance education and relieve poverty by providing sponsorship, training, funds or items for disadvantaged children, young people and those in need in Uganda.
- To develop facilities in Kinkiizi Diocese, Kanungu District, in particular Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School and Ruth Memorial Nursery School, in order to achieve the aims outlined in 1 and 2 above.You can find out more about the Charity by visiting their website http://www.marywoodtrust4uganda.org/page2.php or contacting them be email: email@example.com
Annual BBQ: More than 40 church members, swallows, family and friends enjoyed the annual BBQ at Peyia Forest picnic area on Saturday 22 July with good food and wonderful fellowship.
A big thank you to the chefs, helpers, ticket sellers and, of course, those who supported this popular event. A total of €275 was raised for Church funds.
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.
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.