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.
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The Women’s Group met on 17th November at St. Stephen’s church which was hosted by Ayia Kyriaki with 22 attendances.
The speaker, Gareth Edwards, told us the fascinating stories of four women from very different backgrounds and cultures with each having an underlying message.
The stories varied from showing that law didn’t treat everyone alike to cultural differences in the interpretation of the law and of course the abuse of the legal system.
However the final story ended in a positive tone about a young Chinese girl who single handedly got the Chinese government to address the issue of birth defects in a village due to lack of folic acid. Such was her success that she was recognised by Harvard and was awarded full scholarship for her studies. Though she suffered from a rare skin condition, her prayers were always for others before her needs.
Her humility, grace and faith has been rewarded as she has recovered from her condition and is a freshman at Harvard.
Gareth is a retired judge and legal expert whose career has included time with the British army in Germany and the Commonwealth Office. Latterly he resided over courts in the North West UK as Civil Judge and Queen’s Counsel.
Since retiring 10 years ago he and his wife spend their time between Paphos and Chester.
The Women’s Group met on 20th October at St. Luke’s Church in Polis with 17 attendances. The speaker, Ken Wiseman, the Chaplain to the Seafarers’ mission in Cyprus gave us an understanding on the work and challenges involved.
The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) is a diverse organisation – yet with a united purpose: working in 257 ports (including 5 in the Cyprus chaplaincies) in 76 countries showing the LOVE OF GOD for men and women who sustain our lives yet are sometimes forgotten.
The Limassol Mission is based in one of the largest centres of Maritime traffic in the European Union.
- The volunteers welcomed 7,254 visitors lest year.
- 507 ships were visited.
- They raised awareness in various local churches, clubs, societies and shipping companies.
The Limassol MTS is open 5 days a week and, even closed, Seafarers are able to use their 24/7 Wifi facility.
If you would like to know about the Mission or would like to help in anyway please contact Ken on 99 539144 or
ANIMAL BLESSING CEREMONY ON THE FEAST OF ST FRANCIS
Following Animal Welfare Sunday, on Tuesday 4th October, to celebrate St. Francis on his feast day, and the likelihood that the saint visited Cyprus in 1220 on his way to the Holy Land, a blessing of pet animals was conducted at 4.00 p.m. in the grounds of Ayia Kyriaki, St Paul’s Pillar, Paphos. The occasion was shared with Father Jim Kennedy and our Roman Catholic friends. Fr. Carlos Ferrero and Fr. Fernando Flores also came along.
The occasion was well attended by around 25 pet owners with their well mannered dogs which came in all shapes and sizes, but only dogs. Perhaps reflecting the maturity of those attending, there was not a single rabbit, hamster, gerbil, goldfish or budgerigar in sight. In the peaceful shade of the eucalyptus trees adjacent to Ayia Kyriaki The Rev’d Andrew Burtt read a short prayer by way of introduction and then two orderly queues were formed, one in front of Father Jim and the other before Rev’d Andrew for the individual blessing of each dog and the laying on of reassuring strokes. For absent pet cats left at home Fr. Jim read out a short blessing and Jacquie Hammond wound up the occasion by reading a touching poem about the relationship between humans and their dogs.
Discovery to Recovery – On Thursday 15th September, the Women’s Group heard a really encouraging talk from Lisa Smith, about her experience with Breast Cancer.
She had been in the habit of having a regular annual mammogram, and in 2014 that showed a very small lump in her breast, diagnosed as breast cancer; a second opinion confirmed this diagnosis. She advised our ladies to take a friend, if in this situation, as the news can be shattering. The lump was removed in a private hospital in Limassol, and the operation was successful and neatly done. Then she had regular chemotherapy, during which she lost her hair – which makes a woman feel awful! However, she got a lovely wig, which many thought was her own hair, and complimented her on it! This was followed by daily visits to Nicosia for radiotherapy, lasting for about 6 weeks. The two hour drive in the Cancer Patients’ minibus, followed fairly quickly by about 3 minutes of radio treatment was OK, but the long wait for everyone to be treated and ready for the bus was a bit of a drag. And then there was still the long journey back to Paphos. When that was finished, Lisa recovered rapidly, her hair grew – and now she is her normal self again, though still having regular check-ups – that will continue for ten years.She is so very grateful for the prompt treatment which not only saved her life, but led to a complete recovery, and she urges everyone who may suspect that something is not quite right, to have it thoroughly checked out – better to be safe than sorry! Thank you Lisa, for a very helpful talk, and also thanks to the ladies of St. Stephen’s for the very enjoyable refreshments afterwards. Next month’s talk will be at St. Luke’s, 3pm on 20th October, when Ken Wiseman will talk about the Mission to Seafarers.
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.