Ordinations in Jebel Ali

We offer our heartiest congratulations and blessings to the Revd Charlotte (Charlie) Lloyd-Evans, ordained Deacon, and the Revd, Hin Lai (Harry) Ching, ordained Priest in Jebel Ali, Dubai on Saturday 23rd September.

Both have links with St. Andrews: Harry, mentored by our Chaplain, was held in great affection by the people of St. Andrew’s, and Charlie served a placement here two years ago.

More information can be found here.

Lapta Home Group reconvenes

In March a new Home Group was formed in Lapta in the home of Christine and Richard Dobbs. The group studied the book designed for Bible study by Archbishop Desmond Tutu entitled God has a Dream.

After the summer break the group has joined together once again on Tuesdays at 11.00am and are gradually welcoming back those who have been in the UK during the Summer.

The group is now making A Study of the Psalms, whereby each member chooses a Psalm of note to them and submits thoughts for discussion. There is a time for prayer and fellowship and, of course, the vital biscuits, coffee etc.!

Anyone new is most welcome to join. Simply contact Richard Dobbs on 0533 844 9965 or email for more information and directions to his home in Lapta.

“An Israeli in Palestine” – Miko Peled to speak at The Hermitage

Saturday 21st October 2017 at 7.00 pm

Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine will be speaking at The Hermitage. Kyrenia on Saturday 21st October 2017 at 7pm.

Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and grew up in Motza Illit to a prominent Zionist family: his grandfather, Avraham Katsnelson, signed Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His father, Mattityahu (Matti) Peled, fought in the 1948 war and served as a general in the war of 1967. Later, after the Israeli cabinet ignored Matti’s investigation of a 1967 alleged Israeli war crime, Mattityahu became a peace activist and leading proponent of an Israeli dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). He condemned the Israeli military for seizing the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai and the Golan Heights, calling the war a “cynical campaign of territorial expansion”. He was marginalized and shunned for his activism, and call for a two-state solution.

Miko Peled followed his father’s footsteps at first, joining Israel’s Special Forces after high school and earning the red beret. However he soon grew to regret his decision. He surrendered his status as soon as he earned it, becoming a medic, and finally, disgusted by the 1982 Lebanon invasion, he buried his service pin in the dirt.

In 1997, Peled’s 13-year-old niece Smadar was killed in a suicide attack in Jerusalem. This became the starting point for the remarkable personal story of a man who sought justice not through revenge but through understanding.

Peled is the author of a blog which is dedicated to creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians, to tearing down Israel’s separation wall and advocating equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians. He is an accomplished public speaker who has lectured throughout the world.

With questions and answers and book signing this is an event not to be missed.

Tickets cost £10 (or equivalent in other currencies). The entry price includes refreshments.

To book please contact the Revd Wendy Hough: Mob: 0533 885 4107 or email

All is safely gathered in

Sunday September 17th 2017 was observed as Thanksgiving for the Harvest at St. Andrew’s.

The church was full to overflowing, with the “overspill” being accomodated in the Hall downstairs where the service was relayed and Holy Communion concelebrated.

The Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, welcomed all to the service: regular church members, their friends and guests, and “swallows” and holidaymakers all of whom shared in this joyous occasion.

We were delighted that Bishop Michael also travelled to worship with us, preached a most inspiring sermon, and presided at the Eucharist.

Sue and Alan Carling delighted all present with their thespian skills, performing a wonderful sketch which they had written extolling the virtues of giving back to God in thanksgiving for all that we receive from God’s hands.

Diane Peek read a most beautiful harvest poem and the Choir, who led our singing in it’s usual exemplary fashion under the direction of organist John Crothers, sang the Harvest anthem O Give Thanks (words adapted from Psalm 107) by Martin White.

Following the service all present were invited to the Hermitage where they enjoyed a magnificent bring-and-share lunch.

Below are some photographs of the occasion.

 

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir to visit St. Andrew’s

Tuesday, 24th October 2017

CANTATE (Portsmouth Cathedral’s youth choir), was formed in 2006 offering girls and teenage boys the opportunity to sing as part of the Cathedral’s daily music. CANTATE sings Evensong each Thursday in the Cathedral during term time, in addition to many events in various concert venues.

We are delighted to announce that as part of CANTATE’s forthcoming trip to Cyprus they will be coming to St. Andrew’s, Kyrenia on Tuesday, 24th October 2017.

This trip to Cyprus is the choir’s fifth international tour following successful trips to France, Austria, The Alps, Malta and Italy.

Dr David Price, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth, who will be on tour with the choir in St Andrew’s says, ‘We are delighted to be singing in Cyprus and thank our friends and hosts for all they have done to help us on our way.’

CANTATE will sing Evensong at 4.30 p.m. followed by a Concert at 7.30 p.m.

All are welcome to St. Andrew’s to enjoy both of these musical delights.

If you haven’t heard a traditional Anglican Evensong sung by an outstanding choir such as CANTATE then you are in for a treat not to be missed!

At the Evensong Service at 4.30 p.m. a set of three bespoke solid oak choir stalls, presently under construction by local craftsman Mark Jehan and which have been commissioned by a generous benefactor, will be dedicated.

 

Farewell and Godspeed

Several members of St. Andrew’s Choir, congregation and the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, met for lunch to bid farewell and to wish every blessing on Dr. Philip Ephraim who was returning to his native Nigeria after over four years in North Cyprus. During his time here Philip studied for and gained a PhD in Communications and Media Management at Girne American University. Following the award of his PhD he was an Assistant Professor in Cyprus International University for one year.

Philip came to North Cyprus in February 2013 to begin his studies at GAU. He quickly found St. Andrew’s Church and became a regular worshipper there from his first days in his new home.

Dr. Philip Ephraim. Photo courtesy of Alastair Simmons

As well as a talented student Philip is also a gifted musician and became active in St. Andrew’s Music Ministry. He is an accomplished violinist, recorder player, trainee organist and has a fine tenor voice which he used to the full in St. Andrew’s choir and the Kyrenia Chamber Choir. For a short time he served as St. Andrew’s Choirmaster in 2015.

Not only was Philip’s service to God shown in his music, he was active in bible study ministry and the Alpha course. He particularly helped and encouraged African students within and outside St. Andrew’s as a spiritual and intellectual mentor.

Philip hopes to pursue an international academic career wherever God leads: in Africa, Asia or Europe.

To wish Philip Godspeed and to say goodbye to a dear friend who will be sorely missed for his many and varied talents, a small luncheon party met in The Hut in Lapta.

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
may the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
and may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace,
now and for ever more.

 

 

 

Sundaze returns!

After the short summer break Sundaze returned to St. Andrew’s on Sunday 27th August.

With the addition of two new children recently baptised in St. Andrew’s, Sundaze (or should that now be called Fundaze?) returned with new songs and fish turned into footsteps (don’t ask!).

Charlie, Skip, Poppy and Peter were remembered with sincere thanks and in prayer as they begin the next exciting phase of their family life in distant lands.

Below are some photos of the children (young and old!) getting down to the beat!

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