Re-formed MenMeet learn of the horrors of Ebola

MenMeet – January 2019

The newly re-formed St. Andrew’s MenMeet men’s group gathered in the Hall on Wednesday 16th February to hear a fascinating account of the terrible scourge of Ebola which affected Sierra Leone in 2013.

Bob Cowan, the guest speaker at this first meeting, was working in the country as a Cocoa Plantation Manager when the epidemic struck. He described vividly the effects of the disease as it rampaged through the country and his own efforts to help. Illustrated by some of the photographs he took while there, Bob gave the meeting a new insight into the appaling tragedy which hit this and surrounding countries.

Bob’s own bravery and hard work were very evident when he told of his offering of help in the initial, uncoordinated response to the disease.

All came away with a new appreciation of the effect of Ebola in sub-saharan West Africa during that time.

The February MenMeet will gather in St. Andrew’s Hall on Wednesday 20th February at 11:00am. After the meeting those who wish to do so will repair to The George for lunch.

Gordon Hayes and Bob Cowan

Map of Sierra Leone

Bob Cowan at the TFL plantation in Kailahun

Ebola village

The spread of the disease

Kenema Treatment Centre

Ebola treatment centre “facilities”

Car pass

 

World Food Program convoy

Bob Cowan received the Ebola medal for his work in Sierra Leone

A very special Christmas Day

Christmas Day, 25th December 2018, was a very special day in the life of St. Andrew’s.

Bishop Michael, who had led our worship at the First Communion of Christmas (Midnight Mass) on Christmas Eve, once again celebrated and preached the following day.

In addition he also confirmed Denise Umpleby who had been prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation as part of this earlier group who were confirmed on 21st October. Denise was unable to be present on that occasion but Bishop Michael graciously agreed to confim her on Christmas Day.

Below are some photographs of the joyous occasion.

The congregation listen intently to the preacher

Lynda Hillard leads the reading of the Psalm

John Crothers reads the Epistle

Bishop Michael preaches

Bishop Michael celebrates the Eucharist

Denise is presented for confirmation

Denise is confirmed

Denise and Bishop Michael

A very young Santa Claus!

 

 

Carols by Candlelight 2018

A full St. Andrew’s began our Christmas celebrations by being led by a superb choir featuring the church’s own singers and friends from the Kyrenia Chamber Choir who joined us for our annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 23rd December 2018.

Led by our Director of Music, Earl Moffitt, and accompanied by Organist, John Crothers, those present sang old favourites and listened to new pieces sung by the choir.

Following the service mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed in the Hall.

 

Christmas at St. Andrew’s

Saturday 15th December at 11.00 a.m. A Scandinavian Christmas

Thursday 20th December 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Carols at George’s

Saturday 22nd December 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Carols at George’s

Sunday 23rd December at 8:00 a.m. – Holy Communion (note that the 10:30 a.m. service is CANCELLED)

Sunday 23rd December at 4.30 p.m. Carols by Candlelight

Monday 24th December at 11.30 p.m. The First Communion of Christmas (Midnight Mass)

Tuesday 25th December at 10.30 a.m. Festal Eucharist for Christmas Day

Kurban Bayram collection presentation

As previously reported the Kurban Bayram colletion made by St. Andrew’s raised a total of £500 to assist with a project in the Special Needs Centre in Karakum, Kyrenia.

On Wednesday 5th December the cheque, provided by the church’s bankers TürkBank, was presented to the Centre by Churchwardens Sandy Oram and Stuart Hillard, together with the Acting Chaplain, the Revd Mike Graham and representatives from TürkBank.

In an additional very welcome move Mr. Erhan Raif, General Manager of TürkBank in Lefkoşa, announced that the bank would offer an additional £250 to the fund. Consequently a cheque for £750 was presented to Ms. Leyla Usta, manager of the Centre. The extremely generous donation from TürkBank will be used to fund a New Year’s Party for those who use the Centre.

The photographs below were taken at the presentation:

Visitors to the Centre

TürkBank representatives with their new friends

Layla give a tour of the Centre to the bank’s representatives

Items made in the Centre’s workshops

TürkBank General Manager Erhan Raif and Sandy Oram examine one of the replacement windows

The cheque

The presentation of the cheque for £750

A Scandinavian Christmas

Skandinavisk julegudstjeneste

Lørdag den 15. desember kl.1100

Sted: St. Andrew’s Church i Girne

Prest: Anders Berglund fra den Skandinaviske kirke i Ayia Napa

Organist: Kristen Bjorå

Etter julegudstjenesten inviteres det til Skandinavisk julelunsj

Sted: Karaoglanoglu, veien ned til Veranda Resturant

Alle er velkommen 

Scandinavian Christmas service
Saturday December 15th, at 11.00 am

Place: St. Andrew’s Church in Girne

Priest: Anders Berglund from the Scandinavian church in Ayia Napa

Organist: Kristen Bjorå

After Christmas service there will be Scandinavian Christmas lunch
Place: Karaoglanoglu, Kazim Ali Sokak No. 19. Road down to Veranda Resturant
Everyone is welcome

 

 

 

 

 

The Baptism of Elsie Chimfumnaya Onochie

The newest member of the Body of Christ here in St. Andrew’s, Kyrenia, Elsie Chimfumnaya Onochie, daughter of Kenechi and Nneka, was welcomed in the Sacrament of Baptism on All Saints’ Sunday, 4th November 2018.

On a wonderfully happy day in St. Andrew’s, once again a packed church enjoyed a thought-provoking sermon from Fr. Edward Jervis as he stressed the importance of all the saints, all those who profess to be Christian, not just those specially chosen by the Church over the ages. And that included all present who professed Jesus’ name, including the newest member, baby Elsie.

Below are some photographs of the joyous day.

Elsie’s family and friends with Director of Music Earl Moffit looking proudly on

The congregation listen intently to Fr Edward’s sermon!

Revd Michael baptises Elsie

Elsie sleeping like a baby!

The proud celebrant

Elsie is welcomed by the congregation

Elsie is handed safely back to granny

A kiss for the newest member of the congregation

Elsie, Granny and Revd Michael

Elsie, mum Nneka, dad Kenechi and Revd Michael

Elsie’s family and friends

St. Andrew’s Kurban Bayram collection

The Kurban Bayram collection made by St. Andrew’s finally closed on 31st October. A total of £500 was raised and sincere thanks go to all who donated so generously.

Sandy Oram and the Revd Mike visited the Special Needs Centre in Karakum and were graciously received by the Principal, Ms Layla Usta. Layla was humbled and delighted with the offer of funding and, when asked if there was any specific project to which the funds could contribute, showed us a partition wall in the Hall of the centre which was in a dangerous condition. There was a real fear that glass in the partition could be broken due to rotten woodwork and that this could potentially cause serious injury. She had recently received a quotation for the work from a local builder who had himself generously offered to do the work for half-price, but following the recent economic problems in the TRNC the balance was unavailable. The St. Andrew’s collection will allow this work to be completed and make the area safe for the young people who use the centre.

More information and photographs will be made available as the work progresses.

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