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
The spread of the disease
Kenema Treatment Centre
Ebola treatment centre “facilities”
World Food Program convoy
Bob Cowan received the Ebola medal for his work in Sierra Leone
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!
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
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 presentation of the cheque for £750
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 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
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.