The Reverend Roy Kilford first began the Pastoral Group in 1996. It had three aims – one to look after the needy in our Parish, the second to have a telephone prayer chain and the third for Clinic visiting.
As our church and the community of Paphos grew, it became obvious to make three different teams under different coordinators. The purpose of the Clinic and Hospital visitors is to visit, with Christian love, those who are ill, lending a sympathetic ear to their problems, fears and in some cases loneliness. The visitors take to distribute magazines and books which have been given by people from the Church and also Paphos residents.
A few years ago the Latin (Roman Catholic) community, who hold services in Ayia Kyriaki, asked whether they could join our visiting teams to the six Hospitals and Clinics. We were delighted to have them with us. For further information contact Brenda Backhouse on 99 804161.
There is also a hospital visiting team serving the Polis area. Their area stretches as far as Yiolou and Kathikas to the South of Polis and in the North as far as Kato Pyrgos. The team is based at St. Luke’s Church, Prodromi and the volunteers are members of both the Anglican and Community Churches who worship there. The team are able to visit patients who are admitted to either the Polis General Hospital or the private Polis Medical Centre. The team also have a directory of contacts for useful resources and those offering services locally. This information can be made available to help both English speaking residents and visitors should they be admitted to hospital or become unwell at home.
For the Polis Hospitals Team contact the Duty Member on 97 757384.