It was a full house for this year’s Songs of Praise in the Park with 74 people attending, a record number. They ‘raised the proverbial roof’ with their enthusiastic singing of hymns and songs, and the poetry and prose from around the world was much appreciated by everyone.
We were delighted to welcome the Calvary Chapel from Polis who came along to join in, together with visitors from the local area. Also attending were people on holiday from the UK and further afield, who had seen the adverts in local magazines and came along to see what it was all about.
It was a very happy and friendly occasion and everyone gave generously. We collected €382.90, our best yet at this yearly event, for our chosen charity, the Dreamland Mission Hospital in Kenya. These much-needed funds are already on their way to the Hospital as a Trustee, Peter Latham, was present at the event. He was delighted at the amount! So were we. Thanks to the 27 volunteers from the Parish who were involved in making this happen, including our own clergy and visiting clergy from the UK.
Our next event at St. Luke’s is Carols for Christmas on 9th December, in the Church at Prodromi, 5.30 p.m. start. There will be Carols and Christmas poems, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Come and share the joy of Christmas with us, everyone welcome.
The 26 choristers of Portsmouth Cathedral choir ‘Cantate’ gave an outstanding recital at Ayia Kyriaki church on Saturday evening, 21 October.
Their performance included works by Vaughan Williams, Macmillan, Buxehude, Stanford, Faure, Brahms, Goodall, Gjeilo, Lauridsen and Howells and an interesting version of the Beatles song Blackbird, by the male choral scholars.
‘Brilliant’, ‘wonderful’ ‘superb’ were just some of the comments heard from the congregation as they were leaving.
The choir also sang at the sung Eucharist on Sunday 22 October when then gave a delightful performance of the Mass: Dark in E and the Motet, Ubi caritas by Gjeilo.
We look forward to the choir returning to Paphos in the future.
Portsmouth Cathedral Choir to perform in Ayia KYriaki
A veritable feast of choral delights are to be heard at a choral recital by CANTATE, one of the choirs of Portsmouth Cathedral, on Saturday 21 October at Ayia Kyriaki.
The recital commences at 8.00 pm and includes works by Bach, Faure, Stanford, Howells, Jackson and Vaughan Williams as well as some close harmony and solo items.
The choir will also be singing at the 6.00 pm Anglican service of Holy Eucharist at Ayia Kyriaki Church on Sunday 22 October.
This is the choir’s fifth international tour following successful trips to France, Austria, The Alps, Malta and Italy. ‘We are delighted to be singing in Cyprus and thank our friends and hosts here for all they have done to help us on our way’ said choir Director, David Price.
CANTATE is one of Portsmouth Cathedral’s three choirs and is made up of 20 Girl Choristers alongside the Cathedral Choral Scholars.
Formed in 2006, this versatile and exciting choir opens the way for girls and teenage boys to add their voices to choral worship both in Portsmouth Cathedral, in concerts around the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth as well as other prestigious venues such as Westminster Abbey, Lambeth Palace and Canterbury Cathedral.
CANTATE sings Evensong each Thursday during term time, in addition to many events in various concert venues. They are involved in the Portsmouth Cathedral’s Sing Up Chorister Outreach Programme and feature on a number of the Cathedral’s recent CDs. The Choir has also performed in the Portsmouth Festivities and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir and Choral Evensong and Radio 4’s Sunday Worship. Last year they sang the Second Sea Lord’s Carol Service on board HMS Victory.
Due to the success of our Christmas Card venture over the last 2 years we are again producing four new designs for this year.
Please click on the button below to download the Christmas card information leaflet.
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).