High Heels, Hats and High Tea – April 2015

The April meeting of the Women’s Group was held on Thursday 16th April at Rosie’s Tea Room in Geroskipou.

Several ladies attended this meeting dressed in their finery as shown in the images below; this was the last meeting that Rev’d Julia was able to attend as she, Rev’d Nic, Hannah and Joshua leave Paphos before the next meeting in May.

The next meeting of the Women’s Group will be on Thursday 21st May, hosted by St. Stephen’s, when Chris Cross will talk to us on the subject of ‘Art in Retirement’, she will bring some of her paintings with her; we look forward to that.
For further details or if you wish to join us please contact Barbara Reid on 96 673393.

Healing Service at St. Stephen’s

On 8th March Rev’d Julia Denny-Dimitriou and Reader Ann Bailey led a ‘Healing Service’ at St. Stephen’s church at Tala.

At the beginning of the service the congregation was reminded that ‘healing’ is not physical but addresses all suffering and lack of wholeness: physical, mental, spiritual or emotional.

The service included space for individual as well as corporate prayer including reading the names of people who had requested prayer for themselves or someone else. Our bible readings and hymns all reflected God’s love and his healing power and the service included music from the Iona and Taizé communities as well as time for personal reflection. The congregation was also offered the opportunity to be anointed on their foreheads and/or hands as a symbol of God’s invisible grace in healing. As a symbol of handing over our worries to our Heavenly Father, congregants were also able to place pebbles into a bowl of water laid at the foot of the Lenten Cross which had been draped with a purple cloth and a crown of thorns.

Our final hymn, ‘Great is thy faithfulness’, reminded us of God’s constant and unfailing love for each one of us.

Reader Ann Bailey

Women’s Group Meetings – January & February 2015

Daffodils, red hats and the perils of loving a dog

Thirteen women gathered at St. Luke’s on Thursday 22 January to enjoy an intimate afternoon of shared poetry, fellowship, and of course, tea. Explaining why each poem was meaningful, they shared a broad sweep of verse from Shakespeare through Wordsworth, Cecil Day-Lewis, Helen Steiner Rice and Eddie Askew to amusing contemporary verse. Funny, sad, thought-provoking, moving, entertaining and uplifting, we enjoyed it all. Many thanks to Jean Wickens for organising the event and to the women of St. Luke’s for tea. The next meeting will be at St. Stephen’s on Thursday 19 February from 3-5 p.m., when visitors from the Cancer Support Group will address the group. Julia DD

Women’s Group Report for February

Despite the freezing temperatures on Thursday 19 February, 20 women gathered at St. Stephen’s to hear a most informative talk by Maxine O’Daly of the Cancer Patients Support Group. Unfortunately the snow and treacherous roads prevented members from Polis from attending. Maxine was glad to receive a total of €75 in donations from those present. Grateful thanks to Norma Redpath for organising the gathering and to the women of St. Stephen’s for the tea.
Julia DD

 

Announcement on behalf of the Rev’d Nic Denny-Dimitriou

The following is a shortened, adapted version of the statement read at all services in the Anglican Church of Paphos on Sunday 4th January 2015.

The Anglican Church of Paphos has had financial problems for several years (highlighted at Congregational Meetings, and in Newsletters during 2014, also available on the website).

Although significant strides have been made to address the problems, Julia and I have not had confidence that the parish would be able to fulfill its contractual obligations to my family in the long term. We informed the Bishop and Archdeacon, and also shared our concerns with the Parish Council. In September, after our return from annual leave, I convened an Emergency Meeting of the Parish Council to further consider the parish’s financial state. Soon afterwards we stated that circumstances left us feeling we had no option but to reconsider our future.

I must therefore announce that my family and I will be leaving Paphos. I recently accepted an offer to be parish priest in the parish of Coromandel Valley, Diocese of Adelaide, South Australia.

Australian Immigration Visa regulations are complex and lengthy, and the process is not expected to be finalised until the middle of 2015. However, for the sake of new arrangements for Paphos, we will probably need to depart before our Visas are granted.

Currently we are committed to remaining here until at least the end of April, and possibly slightly later. We are making arrangements to stay in Europe with family and friends until our Visas are finalised.

The Bishop will take steps together with the Wardens and Council to ensure continued priestly ministry in Paphos after my departure.

Please pray for us, as we do for you. Please be assured of my commitment to good ministry for as long as I am the priest for the Anglican Church of Paphos.

Please also pray for your Wardens and Council. You are welcome to raise questions with them and with me, bearing in mind that this is only the beginning of a new process and your leadership does not yet have all the answers!

Nic Denny-Dimitriou

Any enquiries can be directed to the Church Wardens directly or via this website to the Honorary Parish Secretary, Di Sylvester using the contact form on this website.

 

Christmas Fayre 2014

Stalls offering exciting products, games of skill and chance, seasonal foods, a Grand Raffle and live musical entertainment.

All of these were found at the Anglican Church Christmas Fayre held in aid of local charities, on Wednesday 3rd December at the Monte Liza Wedding Venue in Paphos.

Attractions included a Grand Raffle with a first prize of €300 and a variety of stalls offering local homemade preserves, pickles, cakes and baked products; Christmas decorations; gifts; craft items; books; plants; nearly new clothing; bric-a-brac and much, much more.

There was a range of traditional games of skill and chance and a large selection of hot, cold and seasonal foods to tempt peoples’ taste buds.

This year, after expenses, some €8000 was raised, a little down on previous occasions, but still a creditable amount given the economic conditions. All the proceeds are donated to local charities. These are:-

Amargeti Day Centre for the Elderly
Association for the Hard of Hearing Children of Paphos
Association of Parents & Friends of Children with Heart Diseases
Cancer Patients Support, Paphos
Cyprus League for Chest Diseases (Paphos Branch)
Cyprus Red Cross Society (Paphos Branch) – Children’s Home
Cyprus Samaritans
Friends’ Hospice Support Group – Paphos
Gideon International – Paphos Branch
Isaiah 58 Ministry – HIV / AIDS Sufferers
“Katafiyio” Retreat House (Maggie Le-Roy
Kivotos Foundation Fund – the Impaired Children of Paphos
MARCH (Military & Retired Cyprus Holidays for Heroes)
Mission to Seafarers
Paphos and Area Alzheimer’s Support Group
Paphos General Hospital – medical equipment
Polis Hospital (H.O.P.E.) – medical equipment
Pregnancy Care Centre Nicosia (Young Ladies in Distress)
Riding for the Disabled
Stigma – aid for sexual trafficking victims
Virgin Mary Home – Chlorakas

Christmas Fayres or Markets are traditionally held during the four weeks of Advent. Their origins can be traced back to the Vienna December Market first held in 1294.

Our own Fayre has grown from a very small beginning some 20 years ago to being one of the largest ‘one day’ (less than four hour) fundraising events, certainly in the West of Cyprus.

The Fayre is organised and run by unpaid volunteers from the three churches in the parish of the Anglican Church of Paphos – St. Luke’s, Prodromi, St. Stephen’s, Tala and Ayia Kyriaki, Kato Paphos. Most people are retired British ex-pats aged between 50 years and 90+.

On the day, upwards of 100 people are involved manning the stalls and attractions, catering, security, entrance, car parking, first aid and providing general help. Setting up takes all day on the day before. Planning for the Fayre begins around May each year, booking venue and attractions, collecting or making items, obtaining advertisements from supporting local companies, arranging publicity and so on. Fresh consumables – cakes (including traditional items) savouries, preserves, pickles etc are obviously made much nearer to the event. (One helper alone bakes more than 200 mince pies each year)

The Band of the Cyprus Police (some 30 musicians and vocalists) who are all full-time serving police officers played from 1 pm – 2 pm, entertaining with a range of seasonal tunes and songs. They are a popular attraction and have performed for us for a number of years.

We now begin to look forward to the 2015 event and anticipate that the hoped-for improvement in the national economy will result in increased funds being raised.

 

 

Quiz Night at the Fantasia Club

31 people attended the Social and Fundraising Quiz at the Fantasia Club on Saturday 22nd November. Big thank you to Margaret Keeble for a mouthwatering supper and to Jacquie Hammond for chairing the quiz which was prepared by Liz and Bob Pearce who unfortunately could not attend due to commitments in the UK. Grateful thanks for all those who turned up on the night.

Confirmation in Polis

Confirming

The community of St. Luke’s Church in Prodromi, Polis, gathered for a joyful Confirmation service on Sunday 16th November conducted by Bishop Michael Lewis and attended by 53 people. St. Luke’s is one of the three congregations of the Anglican Church of Paphos.

Two adult candidates came forward for confirmation: Jayne Preston who lives in Polis with her husband Bill and is a member of St. Luke’s, and David Ogden who lives in Paphos and attends services at Ayia Kyriaki Church with his wife Jasmine and their son, Jay.

Bishop Michael also licensed three Eucharistic Assistants at St. Luke’s: Ray Elliott, Anola Doughty and John Smith, who is also licensed to take communion to people at home or in hospital.

In the evening, the bishop and Julia Lewis also attended the Sung Eucharist at Ayia Kyriaki Church in Kato Paphos, one of the other locations where Anglican services are held every Sunday. The Bishop conducted the service and licensed a Eucharistic Assistant to serve at Ayia Kyriaki Church: Jacky Cotterill.

Women’s Group Meeting: Help Kenyan Kids – November 2014

On Thursday 20th November 34 ladies met at St. Stephen’s to listen to an extremely interesting and thought-provoking talk given by Julie Hellon Cupples, the Founder and CEO of the small charity Help Kenyan Kids. It was fascinating to hear about how since 2010 with the charity’s help, the village of Namatotoa has moved from nothing to the building of a nursery school and forward towards self-sufficiency. Although it was an information sharing talk, an impromptu collection during the afternoon tea raised €272 for the next step of supporting ‘Girls and Grandmothers’.

Julie sent her thanks for the unexpected and generous donation for Kenyan Kids and looks forward to letting us know how the money will be used over the course of the next few weeks.

For further information on the charity please visit their website http://www.helpkenyankids.or

Coffee Morning at Ayia Kyriaki

A coffee morning was held at Ayia Kyriaki Church Hall on Friday 7th November. Items for craft making, yarns, card making items, cross stitch, baking, craft books and much more were sold. As well as church members many visitors stopped by to have a look and to buy small items to take home with them. Many thanks to all who supported the Coffee Morning, €240 was raised for church funds.

All Saints’ Sunday

All-Saints-Sunday-3

A special Service for All Saints’ Sunday, on the 2nd November 2014 was held at the 8.15 am Service at Ayia Kyriaki.

The Revd Andrew Symonds led the worship, and incense was used during this service, with the following Sacristans taking part: Maureen Gage, Jacquie Hammond, Trisha Payne and Gill Powell.

There were about 60 people in the congregation.

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