On Sunday 9th June we bade farewell and Godspeed to a good and faithful servant of God and St. Andrew’s Chika Umeohia who has finished his studies here in North Cyprus and returned to his home in Nigeria. Chika was presented with a picture of St. Andrew’s to remind him of his time and service here.
Chika was our crucifer having been a student in Girne American University for some five years. Chika was a proponent of the Just In Time school in that he could be relied upon to arrive in the Vestry in St. Andrew’s with at least several minutes to spare before the service on Sunday morning, often to the frustration of our Sacristans! But in spite of the vagaries of the dolmus system of transport here in Kyrenia, Chika would always be there with his face creased in his usual good-natured smile.
But who can forget Chica’s deeply moving devotion on Good Friday this year as he knelt at each response when he processed to the altar with the cross – something which he was moved to do entirely by himself.
Following his graduation Chika has returned to serve his one year in Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps. We thank Chika for his faithful service here in St. Andrew’s and wish him every blessing in the future.
St. Andrew’s, Kyrenia was packed for a wonderful concert for Music Week 2019 on Friday 10th May. Over TL8000 was raised which is to be shared between our chosen charities: Tulips and the Lefkoşia Women’s Refuge. Those who attended were entertained by a mixture of both sacred and secular musical pieces performed by the St. Andrew’s Choir and guests under the Director of Music Earl Moffitt and guest Facilitator Dr Joe McKee.
On Sunday 30th June, following the 11:30am Holy Communion service, a cheque for TL4020 was made to Raziye Kocaïsmaïl, President of Tulips. As a most generous gesture our bankers, TürkBank, also gave a donation of TL500 to Tulips.
In a deeply moving acceptance speech Raziye told the assembled congregation of her own and her family’s battles with cancer, and that the donation would pay for the expensive medication required by eight cancer sufferers here in the TRNC. The donation from TürkBank would supplement that by providing for yet another patient.
Raziye then presented St. Andrew’s with a beautiful picture and a bunch of tulips in thanks for the support given by the church over many years.
As has been reported more than a year ago, following her absence for over a month after Easter 2018, the then Chaplain of St. Andrew’s, the Revd Wendy Hough, announced her sudden and unexpected resignation in May 2018.
Normally following the departure of an Incumbent, the Church’s Council’s first task is to begin the search for a replacement. The Council began this task, drawing up a parish profile and the requirements for a new Chaplain based on past experiences. This was completed relatively quickly following a period of consultation but was delayed by the refusal of Ms Hough to leave the Hermitage (the accommodation provided under contract for the Chaplain of St. Andrew’s) and to continue an unauthorised and illegal occupation of the same, together with what appears to be a growing menagerie of stray animals. Obviously this means that there is no accommodation for a new Chaplain should one be appointed.
This situation continues at the time of writing, but it is to be hoped that this will be resolved sooner rather than later.
After an initial period of uncertainty, it can be plainly seen that life in St. Andrew’s has not only continued but has positively flourished.
The sincere thanks of everyone in St. Andrew’s go to all those who continue to encourage and supported us at this time.
The Churchwardens, members of St. Andrew’s Church Council and the Acting Chaplain and Mrs Graham attended the final Archdeacon’s Visitation of the Ven John Holdsworth in St. Paul’s Cathedal, Nicosia on Saturday 18th May 2019.
In a wide-ranging address Archdeacon Holdsworth commented on his years serving as the Archdeacon of Cyprus and Executive Archdeacon for the Diocese. We are delighted to hear that he will continue in an honorary role as Director of Ministry for the next two years, continuing his development and support of ministry within the Diocese which he has carried out so assiduously over his nine-year term of office.
He also addressed the future, stressing the uncertainities caused by Brexit and the departure of many expatriates who came to the Island 20 years ago but who now, for various reasons, felt the need to return to their homeland. However in spite of such difficulties he felt confident of the future of the Diocese.
We in St. Andrew’s are also grateful to Archdeacon John for all the help and support which he has given to us over the past difficult year in the life of the parish. We wish him and Sue every blessing in his retirement.
To mark the end of Music Week 2019, Bishop Michael celebrated at the traditional Choral Eucharist on Sunday 12th May.
During the service the Bishop dedicated new white liturgical paraments, the first set acquired under a generous bequest from the late Ruth Smith.
Led by the choir under the direction of St. Andrew’s Director of Music, Earl Moffitt, with Music Week Facilitator Dr. Joe McKee as organist, the congregation heard the Gloria in Excelsis written by 2018 Music Week Facilitator, Martin White, for Christ Church, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.
The appointed psalm for the day, Psalm 23, was sung to Anglican Chant by C. Hylton Stewart.
Following Bishop Michael’s inspiring sermon, the choir sang the anthem Listen, let your heart keep seeking, text and music by Aniceto Nazareth, arr. Malcolm Archer.
During communion the anthem Feed us now by Robin Mann was sung followed by the post-communion hymn Father we love you, Donna Atkins, arr. Norman Warren with descant by William Llewellyn.
Rev Michael made a presentation to Dr. McKee of a beautiful painting of Bellapais Abbey by local artist and singer Maxene Shailer.
Choir and congregation finished the service by singing the hymn We shall go out with the hope of resurrection by June Boyce-Tillman to the tune Isle of Inisfree (so appropriate for our Irish connection during this Music Week!).
Following the service, the congregation gathered in the Hall for the usual refreshments.
Sincere thanks go to Earl Moffit, Dr. Joe McKee, the members of the choir and guests from Kyrenia Chamber Choir who joined us, and all who helped in any way to make Music Week 2019 such a resounding success.
Friday night, 10th May, marked one of the highlights of St. Andrew’s Music Week 2019.
A packed church saw the fruits of days of hard work by the choir of St. Andrew’s and guests under the direction of the Director of Music, Earl Moffitt, and Facilitator, Dr. Joe McKee.
The change in emphasis away from purely sacred music to a mixture of sacred and secular, together with individual choral and instrumental pieces, delighted the choir, performers and audience.
A magnificent total of over TL8000 (updated figure as at 13th May!) was raised which will benefit both Tulips, the cancer support charity, and the Lefkoşia Women’s Refuge.
Following a recommendation by the Council, a motion approved at the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 28th April 2019, and having informed the Bishop and the Archdeacon, the Sunday 8:00am Holy Communion service in St. Andrew’s in cancelled with immediate effect.
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