This year, as usual, members of the Hospital and Clinic Visitors’ Team met at 10 a.m. on the 15th December 2017 outside the Children’s Ward at Paphos General Hospital to sing Christmas carols to the children, their families and the staff.
The team members were joined by Reverend Andrew and Canon Anthony as well as members of all three of the Anglican Church of Paphos’s congregations together with Father Fernando of the Latin Catholic Church.
Every year, just before Christmas, the three churches of our parish bring Christmas cheer to three specific charities; St. Stephen’s have the Giving Tree in which they buy gifts and present them to the local needy children in the Tala area, St. Luke’s put together boxes for the Mission to Seafarers at Limassol and Ayia Kyriaki raised money to buy gifts for the refugee children of the Kofinou Refugee Camp.
On 9th December, Reverend Andrew and the two Wardens of Ayia Kyriaki, went to the camp where, along with all the other Anglican parishes in Cyprus, gave the gifts, which all had the names and ages of the children to whom they were to be given, to Father Christmas who presented them to the children.
Father Christmas’s visit and the gifts brought from all the parishes were much appreciated by all the children.
St Stephen’s was delighted to once again help out with presents for the children in Paphos under the care of Social Services. A tag with the gender and age of a child was placed on the ‘Giving Tree’ for each child in need and people were invited to take a tag, purchase an appropriate gift, wrap it up labeling it with the tag and place it under the tree. In place of the tag, a glass bauble was put on the tree. 50 gifts (25 girls from between 6 months and 15 years) and 25 boys (between 1 year and 16 years) were given together with 2 additional ones for a Syrian refugee family. 8 extra gifts across the age and gender spectrum were also provided in case of any ’emergency need’ over the Christmas holiday which can also be used at other times of the year if they were not required. The gifts were taken to Social Services in time for the tags to have individual names put on them by members of staff and delivered by ‘Father Christmas’ in time for Christmas.
Ukrainian crew receiving Christmas gifts as a result of the ‘Shoe Box’ appeal.
Christmas ‘Shoe’ boxes for Seafarers: It is most gratifying that through the love, care and commitment of parishioners across most of the archdeaconry and not least St. Luke’s from within Paphos; and that of Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbow Children, not least from the military bases; and the indefatigable efforts of a core of Mission to Seafarers Volunteers at the Limassol Centre under Ken Wiseman’s leadership, nearly 200 boxes were gifted to seafarers over Christmastide.
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.
Recital retiring collection buys new Trumpet Pipe
Following the highly successful visit by the Cantate choir of Portsmouth Cathedral, the amount raised in the retiring collection (over 600 Euros) has enabled the purchase of a new Trumpet Pipe for the ‘En Chamade’ as part of the organ restoration and will be dedicated to ACP.
If you look closely at the photograph, the ACP Pipe is the very small one on the end of the top row at the right hand side.
The next meeting hosted by Ayia Kyriaki will be held at St. Stephen’s Church, Tala on 16th November at 3 p.m.
The speaker will be Canon Anthony and his subject is “Under the Zimbabwe Sun”. A glimpse of Anthony’s life in Africa.
Having retired from teaching Canon Anthony Stidolph is the Associate Priest for the Anglican Church in Paphos. He has been ordained some 35 years, serving as a curate, a vicar, a rector and particularly as a school chaplain in the UK and Africa (Zimbabwe and Kenya).
He is a trained musician and has continued to give recitals and to adjudicate music festivals and competitions throughout his priestly ministry. In 2008 he worked closely with the music and liturgy department at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been a regular contributor on BBC radio since 1987. In recognition of his work in schools and education, he was made a canon of Christchurch Oxford in 2000, a title he still holds (though no duties involved!)
The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.
21st Annual Charity Christmas Fayre 2017
Wednesday 6th December 11.30 a.m.
Monte Lisa Wedding Venue,
Mesogi Ave (Polis Road) Paphos
For the 21st consecutive year our church members are holding a Christmas Fayre for charity.
We are once again busily crafting, making jams and pickles, planning our baking and lots more. People are out collecting bric a brac, books, plants and nearly new clothes. We will have Christmas decorations and gifts too. With some 100 stall holders to serve you, there will be lots going on. Father Christmas will be on hand to offer you season’s greetings. The children from TLC Private School in Peyia will perform a collection of Christmas songs and carols at 12.15 which are sure to delight as you move around the stalls and try your hand at our traditional games. The Cyprus Police Band will perform at 1p.m. to continue our entertainment. During the afternoon The Paphos Zingers will add a “zing” to our day.
Do plan to join us for lunch so you can sample the festive food and drinks on offer. Our Grand Raffle will be drawn at around 3p.m. when the winners of our many valuable prizes will be announced while you enjoy a cup of tea with a mince pie perhaps.
The Anglican Church of Paphos are proud to have raised over €300,000 from our Christmas Fayres which has all been donated to charities both large and small based on the island and benefiting those of many nationalities. Please be sure to come to help us reach out to others once again this year. A very warm welcome awaits you all.
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.