We were saddened to hear of the death of Maureen Gaffney who passed away last week following a long illness.
Maureen was a long-serving parishioner of St. Andrew’s, having come to Cyprus some 30 years ago with her late husband John. She was an active member of the congregation and served the church in many and varied ways during her time here.
Sadly Maureen suffered from ill-health during the past number of months and was unable to attend church for the mid-week Holy Communion service on Thursday morning, as had been her practice in latter years. However she regularly received Holy Communion at home in the company of her friends, brought to her by the chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough.
We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and all who mourn her loss.
Maureen’s funeral will take place on Friday 28th April 2017 in Yesiltepe (Green Hills) at 11.00am.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
And let light perpetual shine upon her.
St Andrew’s Church Kyrenia
MUSIC WEEK 2017
23 – 28 May
with NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire
NykkÖ, an accomplished musician, was born in France in 1979. He studied the organ and piano at the conservatoire in Angoulème and in 1997 moved to the conservatoire of Bordeaux to continue his studies of the organ, harmony and compostion, harpsichord and the “Ondes Martenot” (an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot).
He gained his diploma in Music in 2002 and a diploma in teaching in 2005.
He has worked extensively as a teacher and an accompanist for choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. He moved to England in September 2009. He has given organ recitals in London, Oxford, Bordeaux, Luçon, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur and Northern Ireland.
Travelling so much with his work NykkÖ has had the opportunity to visit many interesting places. As a keen photographer he has had several public exhibitions in Europe and America.
We look forward to having NykkÖ here in North Cyprus, his first ever visit to the island, during St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017.
Diary for Music Week
Tuesday 23rd May
- An Evening of Favourite Hymns and organ solos at 7.30pm in the Church with NykkÖ
Thursday 25th May
- Choral Eucharist for Ascension Day at 10.00am
- Ascension Day Concert at 7.30pm in the Church with NykkÖ
Sunday 28th May
- Choral Eucharist at 10.30am marking the end of Music Week 2017
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 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!
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.
At the Morning Eucharist on Sunday 19th March 2017, the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, launched Scene@StAndrewsKyrenia, a publication outlining the work and mission of St. Andrew’s over the recent past.
Quoting from her article in the publication, the Revd Wendy said, “Here at St. Andrew’s we are working hard to be a church community that lives out its appreciation of, and awareness of, the goodness, generosity and the greatness of God. All forms of service, including our financial giving, are encouraged and developed on the basis of a response to God’s call to us. We want to be at the heart of the community here in Kyrenia, serving all, whether residents, visitors, tourists or those who own homes here and visit several times per year (often known as swallows), expressing God’s abundant love in all we think and do and say.
“St. Andrew’s is a place to learn about why we worship God and we hope you will be drawn to share with us in exploring the exciting journey of faith.”
In addition a new Giving Form was promoted outlining ways of giving to the work and mission of St. Andrew’s via regular offerings (using envelopes or standing order), a one-off gift, or by means of a legacy. Revd Wendy encouraged all those who are able to also use the UK’s giftaid scheme to increase their contribution at no extra cost to themselves.
Donors from around the world may also donate using mydonate.bt.com to give to the newly formed St Andrew’s Church Kyrenia UK Charity.
Lent can, if we let it, summon us from the safe harbours of our lives into a wide expanse of existence. Part of the point of deciding to lay things down, or to take things up (depending on the decisions we make as Lent begins) is that in doing so we make our lives unfamiliar, even if only in a small way. We check ourselves as we reach for those familiar safety devices like chocolate or alcohol and challenge ourselves into a less familiar response. What we “do” for Lent is far less important than who we become. Who are you becoming this Lent? What have you learnt about yourself and about God that is transforming you? What wilderness experience do you need to encounter for God to transform you, our church and our world? “
This year at St. Andrew’s we invite you to experience Lent not as a season of restriction but one of wide open spaciousness in which to learn new lessons, to grow in faith and to give God the chance to meet us in new ways.
In Lent we remember especially the depth of despair laid out before Jesus and he still chose to go. His whole life and ministry was summed up by the choices he made in the wilderness when tempted by the devil. He could have chosen the easy way but instead he chose the hard way. He could have chosen the way that brought personal honour and praise but instead he chose the way brought love and compassion. He could have chosen grandeur and comfort, but instead chose to live alongside those who had nothing. He saw and knew exactly what he chose but he still said: “Let me go there”.
Come with us and Jesus as we take time to enter the wilderness and hear the challenge to come and follow him. The question is, whether we, like him, can echo those words: “Let me go there”.
In addition to our regular services throughout Lent, each Tuesday evening from 7th March to 4th April at 7.00 p.m. in the church, we will be holding a Lent Eucharist and course reflecting on the theme Knowing and Growing – a Lent course to change our lives.
Also during Lent there will be a reflective service in the Chapel at the Hermitage on Sundays at 6.00 p.m.