Women’s Group Meeting – February 2019

Firstly I would like to apologize to Chris & Hilda who travelled to St Stephen’s last month to attend the meeting which was cancelled at the last moment due a low turnout.

Our next meeting is being hosted by and held at St Luke’s Church, Prodromi on 21st February at 3 pm.

Our Speaker for this month is Marina Gobbett who works with the ‘Matthew 25 Project’ a voluntary outreach mission organised by the Paphos Christian Fellowship International (PCFI).

PCFI Quotes –

Every Tuesday we give food and clothing away to those who need it. Every Friday we cook a meal and distribute it to people who cannot come out of their homes.

We help about 150 people each week from five different countries and from different religions, and the numbers are growing weekly. Amazingly, within these needs there are blessings.

Marina, a mother & a grandmother was a Counsellor in Manchester. She worked with traumatized people and helped in providing night shelters for destitute. She came to Paphos 5 years ago to what she thought was retirement however God had other plans for her. She is here to tell us what brought her to Cyprus and her work with the Project and God’s work through her. Please do come and listen and I am sure you will be inspired.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

You can find more information about the Group by contacting Rema Lawson on 97 766564 or by email at: womensgrouppaphos@gmail.com

Women’s Group Meeting – January 2019

The meeting this Thursday is being CANCELLED as there are insufficient attendees to make this meeting worthwhile. We will re-schedule this talk for March.

Our first meeting for this year was to have been hosted and held at St. Stephen’s Church, Tala on 17th January at 3 pm. Please see above paragraph.

Our Speaker is Ala Khalil who is the founder of the Alakadimiya Arabic Language Center here in Paphos.

Ala is a young Jordanian woman living in Paphos with her family. With the increasing number of Arab families moving to the Island, she has started this Center to help the Community.

Ala is going to talk to us about how she encourages women to integrate into a new and different society while retaining their unique identity and staying true to who they are.

Do come and listen and I am sure it may help us integrate more into our communities as well.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

Women’s Group Meeting November 2018

The next meeting is being hosted by Ayia Kyriaki and is held at St. Stephen’s Church on Thursday, 15th November at 3 pm.

There is a change in the Speaker as the scheduled Speaker had to leave the country on a family emergency.

However, we were fortunate to get at short notice an excellent Speaker, Carol Skene, an ordained Minister, now retired in Paphos.

With Heart to God and Hand to Man is Carol’s topic for the afternoon.

Carol has been a Minister in The Salvation Army for some 25 years.  Carol will take us on journey from the slums of the late 1800’s to work that has now spread to more than 135 counties throughout the world; and with stories of life as a Salvation Army Minister.

We are privileged to have a person in our midst, who can share her incredible life experiences with us, so I do hope you can come, listen and take something back with you.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

Women’s Group Meeting October 2018

The Women’s Group’s next meeting is being hosted and held at St. Luke’s Church, Prodromi, Polis on 18th October at 3 pm.

Have you ever wondered about the person in the ‘cockpit’. Here is your chance to get the inside information. Our speaker this month is our very own Bryn Jones, Warden of St Stephen’s Church and an ex-Pilot. If you think you know Bryn, then think again.

Come and hear a personal tale from recruitment to retirement in a major airline told by one who lived it, and loved it.

As the subject is of interest to a wider audience, we open this meeting to our male audience as well.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

 

Women’s Group Meeting – June 2018

The next meeting of the Women’s Group is being hosted by Ayia Kyriaki and is held at St. Stephen’s Church on 21st June at 3 pm.

The Speaker, Peggy Barnes will speak about her exciting story of her years as a volunteer in the backwoods of China. From Worcester in the UK to Xiaguan in Yunnan Province in Southwest China, (which translates as “South of the Clouds”), from SRN to MBE, and from being called “stupid and incapable of achieving anything” to having a medical centre named in her honour. Her journey in a closed country, fearing and unaccepting of western culture is an adventure in optimism over scepticism and mistrust.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

 

Women’s Group Meeting – May 2018 + Update

The next meeting of the Women’s Group is being hosted and held at St. Luke’s Church, Prodromi, Polis on 17th May at 3 pm.

The speaker is Chris Jones, the President of The Friends’ Hospice, who will talk to us about the work they do for patients suffering life-limiting illnesses. Most of us know of The Friends’ Hospice either through direct or indirect association.  The Hospice is instrumental in our Society, so we welcome you to come and listen to the incredible work that is being done to keep this institution in operation.

The Friends’ Hospice Foundation is an independent charity and a member of the worldwide hospice movement. Their mission is to provide Palliative Care for those suffering from a life-limiting illness for which a cure is no longer possible. Palliative Care alleviates symptoms. It does not seek to cure the underlying condition. This care improves the quality of life by means of medical, psychological, emotional and spiritual care.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

May meeting update: The Women’s Group had an excellent meeting at St. Luke’s last week with around 21 attendees with Speakers – Chris Jones, President of the Friends’ Hospice and Dr. Aristos Georghiou, Clinical Director of the Friends’ Hospice. Thank you to those who attended and to Chris and Dr. Aristos.

Women’s Group Meeting – April 2018 + Update

The next meeting is being hosted and held at St. Stephen’s Church, Tala on 19th April at 3 pm.

Is it time you took action on your hearing loss?

Mr Constantinos Avraamides, an audiologist and Mr. Marios Miltiadous, a hearing aid dispenser working in both Paphos and Polis will give a talk explaining how our ears work, the importance of treating hearing loss early together with simple tips on how to look after your ears and what the latest technology has to offer if you need a little extra help.

Hearing loss occurs very gradually throughout our lives and is often compensated for by simply asking people to repeat things or by turning up the volume up a bit more. Does this sound familiar?

That your hearing will decline with age is inevitable but doing nothing about it comes at a higher price that you might realize.  Medical research now shows those who do not get treatment will  increase their chance of suffering with more health related consequences than those who take action to support their hearing loss.

As the topic is very relevant to men as well, we invite all interested to attend the meeting. Please also do spread the word and let’s reach out to everyone who may not know that they have an issue at all.

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

The Women’s Group had a successful meeting on 19th April with over 35 attendees on the topic of hearing.
The talk was very informative and interactive. It ended with a brief hearing test for those who wished.

Women’s Group – November 2017 Meeting

The next meeting hosted by Ayia Kyriaki will be held at St. Stephen’s Church, Tala on 16th November at 3 p.m.

The speaker will be Canon Anthony and his subject is “Under the Zimbabwe Sun”. A glimpse of Anthony’s life in Africa.

Having retired from teaching Canon Anthony Stidolph is the Associate Priest for the Anglican Church in Paphos. He has been ordained some 35 years, serving as a curate, a vicar, a rector and particularly as a school chaplain in the UK and Africa (Zimbabwe and Kenya).
He is a trained musician and has continued to give recitals and to adjudicate music festivals and competitions throughout his priestly ministry. In 2008 he worked closely with the music and liturgy department at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been a regular contributor on BBC radio since 1987. In recognition of his work in schools and education, he was made a canon of Christchurch Oxford in 2000, a title he still holds (though no duties involved!)

The meeting is normally for an hour with the ability to interact with the Speaker. After which there are light refreshments and time to socialize with other members.

 

 

Women’s Group Meeting – September 2017

The Women’s Group met on 21st September at St. Stephen’s Church. The topic was The Mary Wood Trust – Supporting education among the poor in South West Uganda and the speaker was Clare Ramsden, a trustee of the Charity.

In 2002 Clare’s mother, Mary Wood and two of her friends started a Scholarship & Development Fund to encourage and support the education of young people, especially girls, in Kinkiizi Diocese, South West Uganda at Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School.
Initially the charity was part of the Bradford Diocese, under the auspices of Christ Church, Lothersdale. However, almost 10 years after the initial thoughts were put into place, it is now a full charity in its own right, in the name of The Mary Wood Trust – a wonderful achievement and a lasting memorial to the work that Mary Wood started.
Over the years, Clare and the three other trustees, who include the original two members and her brother have invested their time and efforts in the growth of this Charity.
The fruits of their labour have truly been blessed in seeing what they have been able to achieve. Their success has enabled them to extend their reach to two other organisations – Ruth Memorial Nursery School and Nyakatare Health Centre.

Their main aims and objectives are:

  1. To provide scholarships for education and training with a view to improving disadvantaged young people’s life skills and opportunities in Uganda.
  2. To advance education and relieve poverty by providing sponsorship, training, funds or items for disadvantaged children, young people and those in need in Uganda.
  3. To develop facilities in Kinkiizi Diocese, Kanungu District, in particular Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School and Ruth Memorial Nursery School, in order to achieve the aims outlined in 1 and 2 above.You can find out more about the Charity by visiting their website http://www.marywoodtrust4uganda.org/page2.php or contacting them be email: info@marywoodtrust4uganda.org

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