Men’s Breakfast – First Tuesdays

Please note that the Mens’ Breakfast Meeting has been put on hold during the hot season!

It will restart when the weather cools down little. In the meantime enjoy the summer!

All men are welcome to enjoy just a coffee or a full breakfast (English, Turkish, American from the most extensive breakfast menu in Kyrenia) while having the opportunity to discuss or question any aspect of the Christian faith – or just to listen.

Uncle Sam’s can be found on the Girne-Belapais road opposite Starlings supermarket. Turn at the Belapais traffic lights and it is a few hundred yards on the left.

Don’t miss your chance to get a word in on the first Tuesday each month (except August).

For further information or direction tel Steve on 0533 8742076 or email here.

Pentecost 2017

Sunday 4th June 2017 marked the Feast of Pentecost in the Eastern and Western Christian Calendars – so called because it marks the 50th day after Easter Day and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

This day also commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). Some Christians believe this event represents the birth of the Church.

In the United Kingdom this Sunday is also known as “Whitsunday” (from “White Sunday”) and was marked there by a Bank Holiday on the following day (Whit Monday), although this has now been replaced by a fixed holiday on the last Monday in May.

Here in St. Andrew’s the day was celebrated by a Festal Eucharist with the church beautifully decorated with red flowers (red being the traditional liturgical colour for Feast Days associated with the Holy Spirit), and members of the packed congregation being encouraged to wear red for the day! Suffice to say some of the ladies did us proud whilst most of the gentlemen left something to be desired!

Following the service the whole congregation was invited to the Chaplain’s home, the Hermitage, to partake in a wonderful bring-and-share lunch. Parishioners and visitors alike enjoyed the fruits of the labours of so many who had brought so much to share.

Below are some photographs of those who enjoyed this time together – and the delicious victuals!

End of Music Week 2017 with NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire

St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017 finished with a magnificent Choral Eucharist on Sunday 28th May, the culmination of a wonderful week of music, both choral and instrumental, ably led by St. Andrew’s Director of Music Earl Moffitt and featuring our guest composer and accompanist NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire and St. Andrew’s Choir.

The week began on Tuesday 23rd May with a Festival of Favourite Hymns hosted by the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, with NykkÖ as organist and recitalist. The hymns were chosen by members of the congregation. The eclectic mix included such classics as Abide with Me, The Lord’s My Shepherd, Will Your Anchor Hold as well as more modern renditions such as Be Still and Seek Ye First. Included were solo organ pieces: the 1st movement of the Concerto in A minor by Vivaldi/Bach, BWV 593, which Bach arranged from Vivaldi’s Concerto Op. 3 No. 8 from L’Estro Armonico; Andante Tranquillo from Sonata No. 3 by Felix Mendelssohn; and Fanfare (D Major) by Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens. This delightful evening ended with refreshments served in the south transept.

Thursday 25th May 2017 was the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. Although a major feast day in the Church’s Calendar, sadly it seems to have lost its importance in peoples’ minds – perhaps because it falls on a Thursday, 40 days after Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Day.

But in St. Andrews’ it was celebrated by a Festal Choral Eucharist which replaced the normally contemplative regular 10.00am Thursday service of Holy Communion. The Celebrant and Preacher at the service was the Revd Wendy Hough and the hymns chosen were:

  • Opening Hymn  223  All hail the power of Jesu’s name    Miles Lane
  • Gradual Hymn 663 How shall I sing that majesty  Coe Fen
  • Offertory Hymn 231 Look ye saints, the sight is glorious   Regent Square
  • Final Hymn 691  Jesus shall reign where’er the sun   Truro

Once again the music was provided by our guest organist NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire.

Following the service the choir repaired to the Halfway House Restaurant in Karaman (Karmi) for a delicious lunch organised by choir member Sue Carling. While there the opportunity was taken to celebrate the xxth birthday for one of the more chronologically-gifted and experientially-enhanced choir members Sheila Rose. Not one, but two delicious chocolate cakes were enjoyed by all present.

NykkÖ delighted all, including the young grandson of the restaurant’s proprietors Mehmet and his mother, Yaşın, with tunes on the Duduk, an ancient double-reed woodwind flute made of apricot wood which is indigenous to Armenia and the Bawu,  a Chinese wind instrument which, although shaped like a flute, it is actually a free reed instrument, with a single metal reed (information courtesy of Wikipedia).

On Thursday evening The Ascension Day Concert featured NykkÖ, the St. Andrew’s Church Choir, directed by Earl Moffitt, with John Crothers as organist when NykkÖ accompanied the choir on cello.

The Concert opened with the trumpet tune The Cebell by Henry Purcell, played on the organ by NykkÖ. The Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, welcomed the audience to St. Andrew’s and then the choir sang the Evening Canticle, Hail, gladdening Light (Φῶς Ἱλαρόν) set to music by John Stainer.

This was followed by an audience hymn, the stirring Hail the day that sees him rise by Charles Wesley to the tune Llanfair. This tune formed the foundation for improvisation on the organ by NykkÖ, which he followed with two anonymous pieces Gavotte d’Henri IV and Gavotte de Louis XIV.

NykkÖ then played two beautiful melodies: one from Armenia on the Duduk and one from China on the Bawu.

There then followed the world premiere of Anthem for Kyrenia written by NykkÖ Grégoire especially for the St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017 and dedicated to Earl Moffitt and the Revd Wendy. Sung by the Choir, the piece is based on Hebrews 13:2: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. [KJV], and reflects the ongoing Ministry of Welcome to the whole community here in Kyrenia and beyond being practiced in St. Andrew’s under the Revd Wendy’s leadership. The Choir was accompanied by NykkÖ on the cello and John Crothers on the organ.

The Ascension Day was read by Diana Peek, a member of St. Andrew’s congregation.

Once more the audience joined in singing of the hymn Angel voices, ever singing by Edwin G. Monk, opening flourish and descant by the late John Cooke.

NykkÖ Grégoire then  played the organ piece La Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs by Jean-Baptiste Lully (or Giovanni Battista Lulli).

The Choir then sang three pieces with strong Irish connections:

  • the hymn Let all the world in every corner sing, words by George Herbert arranged by the late Rodney Bambrick, composer and organist and choir master for almost 54 years in Queen’s Parade Methodist Church, Bangor, N. Ireland
  • the hymn How great thou art, translated from the Russian by Stuart K. Hine with verses 1 and 3 arranged by the late Harry Grindle, organist and choir master at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast for many years
  • ‘How shall they hear’ who have not heard, words by Timothy Dudley-Smith arranged by Canon Martin White, former organist and Master of Choristers in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh: 2017, ‘for Earl Moffitt and the choir of St Andrew’s Kyrenia and the Lowry Singers’

Fans of Phantom of the Opera were then entertained to a magnificent rendition of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor by NykkÖ!

The Concert ended with all present singing the hymn Christ triumphant, ever reigning by Michael Saward during which a collection was made for TULIPS, the North Cyprus Help Those With Cancer Association. The sum of TL1087 and Stg£60 was generously donated by those present.

Again the audience repaired to the south transept for refreshments.

As previously intimated St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017 ended with a Choral Eucharist on Sunday 28th May at which once again the Celebrant and Preacher was the Revd Wendy Hough.

The service began with the organ prelude Heut Triumphieret Gottes Sohn., BWV 630 by JS Bach played by NykkÖ Grégoire. This was followed by the Choir Introit, a repeat of Let all the world in every corner sing, words by George Hebert arranged by the late Rodney Bambrick.

The Processional Hymn was Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious by Thomas Kelly to the tune Regent Square.

The Psalm was a rendition by the Choir of verses from Psalm 68, the psalm appointed for the Sunday after the Ascension Day – Easter 7. The setting was by Alison Cadden and follows the Irish theme in that it came from the publication Singing Psalms, Responsorial Psalms set to Simple Chant by Alison and the Revd Dr Peter Thompson, a publication from the Liturgical Advisory Committee of the Church of Ireland.

The Gradual Hymn was O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace, words by Charles Coffin to the tune Tallis’s Ordinal.

Once more the Choir sang How shall they hear’ who have not heard, words by Timothy Dudley-Smith arranged by Canon Martin White.

Diana Peek read the beautiful poem Ascension Day by Christina Rossetti.

The Offertory Hymn was Beauty for brokenness by Graham Kendrick to the eponymous tune.

The Communion Anthem was Father we love you, we worship and adore you, words and music by Donna Adkins, arranged by N Warren with a descant by W Llewellyn.

The Communion Hymn was Abba Father, words and music by Dave Bilbrough, arranged by A F Carver

The Post Communion Hymn was Ascended Christ, who gained the glory that we sing by Christopher M. Idle to the tune Christchurch

Our guest musician  NykkÖ Grégoire played the final organ voluntary Grand Jeu from Livre D’Orgue by Pierre Du Mage which was followed by the Final Hymn Christ triumphant, ever reigning by Michael Saward.

All agreed that this year’s St. Andrew’s Music Week had been a great success and sincere thanks go to all who made it possible, not least Compass Cyprus Chartered Surveyors who sponsored the printing of programs for the Music Week.

But special thanks must go to our guest this year, NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire.

Archdeacon’s Visitation and Gathering

The annual Archdeacon’s Visitation and Gathering was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Members of the several parishes of the Archdeaconry in Cyprus met together to hear the Archdeacon in Cyprus, the Revd Dr John Holdsworth, give his “state of the union” address and to commission Wardens and Council members following their elections at recent AGMs in the parishes. Click here to see the Archdeacon’s Visitation Charge 2017.

Readers and clergy also reaffirmed their committments in prayer to their ministry within the Diocese.

Following last year’s example parishes were asked to bring a cake representing the diversity of members of their congregations and activities.

Below is the wonderful cake for St. Andrew’s made by the extremely gifted Charlie Inskip, followed by a picture of all of the cakes on the altar of the cathedral before their blessing (and subsequent demolishing by those present after the service!)

Easter Day at St. Andrew’s

On Easter Day, 16th April 2017, the congregation in St. Andrew’s, regular members and visitors, joined with their Christian sisters and brothers throughout the world to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the dead.

The church was full to overflowing, the overflow being accomodated in the Hall downstairs where the congregation joined in the worship via the medium of our audio-visual system. Even in the Hall there was standing room only!

Our Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, presided at the Festal Eucharist with the Revd Fr Edward Jervis concelebrating in the Hall.

After the service refreshments were enjoyed by many in the Hall (which was cleared by a willing throng of helpers and the coffee tables set up!)

Following this some forty people travelled to the Acapulco Hotel to partake of a most enjoyable Sunday buffet and good fellowship.

Below are some photos of the service and the “afters”!

St. Andrew’s Hall given a spruce up

St. Andrew’s Hall is not only utilised by the parish but is also used by many and varied other groups within the wider community here in Kyrenia.

However, like many of us, it was showing signs of age and needed a spruce up before the forthcoming Easter Festivities.

Consequently, with Church Council approval and under the gentle, but persuasive, direction of Church Warden Gloria Tattersall, the Hall received a good clean, the removal of now redundant cupboards and a fresh coat of paint in the Hall itself, the kitchen area, the toilets, and the stairway down from the church.

The results have been oustanding and sincere thanks must go to all of those who gave so generously of their time and talents, not only with preparation and painting but also with the provision of refreshments to lift tired spirits and bodies. Not least thanks to Gloria whose energy seems to be unbounded.

Would that the rest of us who are also showing signs of age could be quite so easily refurbished!

Volunteers gathering for the hall redecoration

Resting from their labours

Enjoying the newly redecorated Hall for after-church coffee on Sunday

The refurbished kitchen area

All bright and beautiful

Memorial Service for Pat Stokes

It is with deep sadness that we note the death of Pat Stokes, beloved wife of the Revd Michael Stokes who was Chaplain of St. Andrew’s from 1995 to 2000.

On Friday April 7th at 1.30pm there will be a memorial service in St. Andrew’s for Pat. The service will be held simultaneously with the funeral service taking place in the UK using the same hymns and readings. Those who would like to share memories or give tributes please email the Revd Wendy Hough.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon her.

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