In 2002 Jack Harding, who had lived in Cyprus for very many years, became aware of the need for a place of worship for the many Christian immigrant workers living in the Polis area. In consultation with the Paphos Chaplain, the Reverend Marvin Bamforth and our friends in the Cypriot Orthodox Church, permission was granted for the lovely little Greek Orthodox Church, St. Nicholas, in the centre of Polis to be shared by the Anglican and Latin Catholic communities in the area.
After some years Jack’s health was failing and numbers were falling, with attendance at St. Nicholas Church often being less than ten. However, the charming, unspoilt Polis area began to develop and gradually the regular Anglican congregation swelled to about 15. St. Nicholas’ was becoming too small and new premises were sought.
The present building – a former furniture store – was rented. Bishop Clive Handford dedicated the building as St. Luke’s Church on 23rd April 2006. Within months the congregation had grown and outreach made to the local community. The first Christmas over 60 people attended a service of carols and readings.
Such has been the growth in the number of regular worshippers that the building has now been extended incorporating a new vestry and a separate large meeting room, The Jack Harding Room, for use by the local community. On 18th October 2008, St. Luke’s Day, Bishop Michael Lewis celebrated the Holy Eucharist and blessed the new extension and The Jack Harding Room.
A local carpenter made the altar, and the wooden cross and credence table were made by a parishioner.
On the altar table in the Lady Chapel is the cross used by Anglican worshippers at St. Nicholas in Polis.
St Luke’s diocesan link is with St Luke’s Church in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.
9.30 am Morning Worship
All other Sundays
9.30 am Holy Communion
Subject to change depending on the season and other activities. For up-to-date information see the latest newsheet.