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

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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.

God’s Wonderful World: Women’s Group – October 2014

Forty countries in nine years… that is how many Jean and Bob Wickens have visited while they have lived in Cyprus.

On 16 October some 26 women met at St Luke’s to enjoy an entertaining illustrated talk by Jean about their travels to places as far-flung as Oman, Iceland, Chile and Japan. Jean punctuated her talk with amusing anecdotes about once-in-a-lifetime experiences like staying in a Buddhist monastery in Japan, witnessing floods in the desert of Oman and seeing whales and glaciers in Iceland.

She cleverly avoided “death by holiday snap” by grouping a myriad images into topics like food, religious buildings and modes of transport, making for a fascinating and funny address. Many thanks to her and to the women of St. Luke’s for the delicious tea that followed.

The next meeting of the Women’s Group will take place at 3pm Thursday 20 November at St. Stephen’s when our speaker will be Julie Hellon Cupples who went over to Kenya in 2010 with her family and saw the appalling poverty with many children living on the rubbish tip in a village called Namatotoa. Julie returned home and in 2011 founded a small charity ‘Help Kenyan Kids’ with the aim of helping the most underprivileged and deprived members of the village. We look forward to hearing Julie and finding out about the Charity and also to hear about Julie’s future plans.

Week of Guided Prayer

Participants in the Week of Guided Prayer

Pictured at the last session of the Week of Guided Prayer that the Diocesan Co-ordinator for Spirituality, the Revd Canon Paul Maybury led for Anglican Church of Paphos are, from left: Rita King, Sarah Maybury, the Revd Paul Maybury, Trevor Sait and Liz Jackson-Moore. Brenda Bevan also attended the course, which was entitled “Prayer in Daily Life”.

Paul and Sarah live in Deryneia where Paul is in charge of the parish of St John the Evangelist

Annual Christmas Fayre

All the fun of the Christmas Fayre

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

All of these will be found at the Grand Christmas Fayre in aid of local charities, organised by the Anglican Church of Paphos, on Wednesday 3rd December at the Monte Liza Wedding Venue, Mesogi Avenue, Paphos from 12 noon. Admission is €1 for adults and children are free.

This year, attractions include a Grand Raffle with a first prize of €300 and a variety of stalls offering local home-made preserves, pickles, cakes and baked products; Christmas decorations; gifts; craft items; books; plants; nearly new clothing at bargain prices; bric-a-brac; artwork by local artists and much, much more.

There will be a range of traditional games of skill and chance to test your abilities and a large selection of hot, cold and seasonal foods will be available to tempt your taste buds.

By popular request, from 1.00pm the Cyprus Police Band will entertain in their inimitable style, playing your favourite Christmas tunes and songs and The Ultra Sound Show will provide music during the afternoon.

All proceeds from the event are donated to a number of local charities. Last year €10,000 was raised on the day – an exceptional achievement considering the economic climate. With your help we can raise the same (or more) to give to these worthy causes.

So come and enjoy ‘all the fun of the Christmas Fayre’.

For further information please contact Gerald Payne – M: 96 620721 or email: chaselodge@gmail.com

Farewell to Pat Wallis

Revd Sue presenting a farewell gift to Pat Wallis

Revd Sue presenting a farewell gift to Pat Wallis

Our three congregations came together at St Stephen’s Church for an afternoon tea, but mainly to say a fond farewell to Pat Wallis, who has now permanently returned to the UK.

The Reverend Sue Place thanked Pat for her fourteen years of sterling service to the Anglican Church of Paphos and her dedication and commitment to St Stephen’s; she was one of the founder members, a member of the Church Council, a Wedding Verger and Choir member, giving of herself in so many other ways too. Bob Wickens also expressed his sincere thanks and best wishes on behalf of the Church Council.

Pat was presented with a card which, had been signed by her many friends, along with gift vouchers to buy something for her new home. Pat will be missed by many of us here in Cyprus.

Harvest Lunch 2014

On Sunday 21st September 50 parishioners from all three Churches, Ayia Kyriaki, St. Stephen’s at Tala and St. Luke’s at Prodromi, enjoyed a memorable Harvest Lunch at the Vatouthkia Taverna, which although officially classed as Tala is,in fact, situated on the road leading down into the valley from Kili village near Kamares heading for the Adonis Baths.  The approach road which deteriorates as you descend eventually leads to the taverna nestling in the hillside, before descending to the Baths beyond.

Despite the fact that the staff were catering for 200 diners, they were as helpful as ever and the three course buffet was well up to their usual standard.  The views from the restaurant are magnificent and they and the glorious weather all contributed to an excellent outing.  Even the resident donkey put in an appearance across the fields, grazing happily and looking in fine fettle – but maybe this handsome animal is the son of the original that was there last year!

Women’s Group: Colour Me Beautiful!

Colour Me Beautiful with Maggie Wright

Colour Me Beautiful with Maggie Wright

Around 27 members of the Women’s Group met at St Stephen’s Church, on the afternoon of Thursday 18th September, to listen to a talk by Maggie Wright of Colour Me Beautiful.

Colour Me Beautiful talk

Colour Me Beautiful chatting afterwards

The talk was much appreciated by all present and many of us went home to organise our wardrobes and sort out which colours suited us and which ones didn’t.

The next meeting of the Group will be at St Luke’s Church, Prodromi on Thursday 16th October, starting at 3pm when Jean Wickens will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘God’s Wonderful World’ when she will share photos and anecdotes from her and Bob’s travels around the world. The talk, as usual, will be followed by afternoon tea.

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