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!
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.
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.
A warm sunny morning, blue skies with light white fluffy clouds, a gentle breeze, sitting half-way up a hillside. Such was the setting for our annual Ascension Day service in Peyia Forest.
Led by our Parish Priest, the Rev’d Nic, nearly 40 people attended an enjoyable and quite moving service. It was delightful to see people from all of our three churches, holiday visitors, along with Roger and Jan Gibson and her guide-dog Joey who is a familiar attender at St Luke’s.
Our new Director of Music, Jane Roberts, led the hymns on a violin, making a change from last year when the hymns were led by our Interim Chaplain’s wife, Penny Calder playing her flute. We hope to see even more people at this service next year, which is now a firm tradition in our worship calendar.
The 11th Annual Flower Festival at the Church of Ayia Kyriaki in Kato Paphos took place over the three days of 30th April, 1st and 2nd May 2014. As in previous years it was a joint venture with our Latin friends and supported three worthwhile charities – St. Michael’s Hospice, Paphos Heart Association and Cyprus Kidney Association.
Our theme this year was biblical and featured quotations from The Book of Psalms, which, from an artistic point of view, was appropriate as the Psalms were written in poetical form. Over 20 floral displays decorated this wonderful 16th century church to which so much history is attached. The aim was to portray, as faithfully as possible, the words of the chosen quotations, in both traditional and modern arrangements.
The Cyprus weather was very kind giving three days of warm sunshine, without being too hot or humid and the rain which had been forecast managed to wait until the Festival had closed. It is estimated that around 2,000 people visited the Church during the three days, many tourists arranging their holiday in Paphos to coincide with the Festival.
Visitors were again able to enjoy home made refreshments during the days of the Festival and each evening a musical event was staged in the Church. On the Wednesday evening Paphos Voices conducted by Keith Smith and accompanied by Nadia Iotava, entertained visitors to a wide variety of music and songs ranging from settings of several Psalms to a modern variation on the familiar ‘All things bright and beautiful.’ On the Thursday evening Malcolm Brinson A.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., a former Musical Director of the Anglican Church and who just happened to be in Paphos on holiday, treated visitors to a light-hearted organ recital, featuring music from the pens of J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, G.B. Nevin, Alexandre Guilmant and many others. The Festival closed on the Friday evening with a ‘Songs of Praise’ with hymns old and new, chosen by members of the Anglican and Latin parishes.
Plans are already being made for the 2015 Flower Festival, but we are looking at the possibility of moving the date from the Spring to the Autumn, probably in early October. The reason for this is that in the Spring we have to avoid Lent and Easter of both our own Church and that of the Orthodox Church, which, in some years means that the Festival falls in the middle of May, when the climate is not kind to cut flowers and there is often a shortage of good quality blooms owing to demand. So watch this space!
PLEASE NOTE: The 2015 Flower Festival will take place on the 30th September and 1st & 2nd October.
The Reverend Nic Denny-Dimitriou has been installed as the new Chaplain in the Anglican Church of Paphos.
The Licensing Ceremony, conducted by Bishop Michael on Saturday 18th February, was held in the ancient church of Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, Kato Paphos, in front of a congregation of nearly 200 people.
‘Revd Nic’ as he likes to be called is an enthusiastic family man – his wife Julia is also a Priest in the Anglican Church and was Licensed to Officiate in the Cyprus diocese at the same service; their teenage twins, Hannah and Joshua have recently been enrolled at the International School.
Having spent the last 11 years as Rector of the Parish of Hilton in South Africa, Nic saw this position as an opportunity to move on. ‘The time was right to look to a new parish which would provide an opportunity to use my skills, extend my Ministry and at the same time, provide an adventure for the family,’ said Revd Nic.
After many months of planning and preparation this year’s Charity Christmas Fayre was an undoubted success. Final monies and expenses are still being settled, but it would appear that €10,000 will be donated to the nominated Cyprus charities.
Held at the huge ‘Monte Liza’ wedding venue in Paphos, it is often difficult to realise that EVERY stall, attraction and all the catering is provided and staffed by members of the Anglican Church and their friends. Nobody works for personal profit. A new attraction was the ‘Articrafts’ display of artworks donated by church members for sale at the Fayre. Not only did this raise welcome money for the charities, but it also illustrated the diverse talents of congregation members.
Entertainment was, as usual, provided by the talented Cyprus Police Band, but it was delightful to hear the Christmas songs and carols sung by youngsters from the adjoining kindergarten.
For the past eight years the Fayre has been co-ordinated by Bob Wickens. He has, however, decided to step down from this role – whilst still willing to help where possible. Bob would like to thank all who have helped in any way over the past years and especially the Christmas Fayre Committee who are prepared to continue in their role.
Ten-Pin Bowling on 9 November was a great night out! You don’t need to be super fit, have loads of skill or practice and you’ll get advice and support from everyone.
The men’s winner was Bob Pearce and the lady’s winner was Iris Porter (seen in the photo on the left) who was also the overall winner by just two points and recipient of the Trophy.
Following the two games of bowling, 22 people and guide dog ‘Joey’ all enjoyed a real value-for-money meze at Moustakallis Taverna in Polis.
Bob Wickens thanked Chris Hoskins for her hard work in organising the evening and this was unanimously supported by ‘Joey’ who stood up wagging his tail – or was he just looking for food!
Some photographs of the Confirmation Service held on 20 October 2013 when Bishop Michael confirmed Jean, Jilly, Rita and David.
A few photographs of Canon Ian and Penny’s farewell ‘do’ at the Stephanie Taverna on 17th October 2013.