Ruth’s funeral will take place in the Old British Cemetery (opposite the Pia Bella Hotel) on Tuesday 20th February at 12 noon.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear Ruth Smith last night (10th February 2018) from this world to the next. Ruth has been loved dearly by so many people over the years in her long service to St. Andrew’s and we shall all miss her. We felt that in case any of you were not aware of her death this would be the most sensitive and practical way to pass on the news. Ruth was fully prepared to meet her redeemer. We ask that you keep Linda, Ian and Neil and all of Ruth’s family in your prayers.
With love in Christ,
Revd. Wendy Hough
St. Andrews Church
On Sunday 13th May 2018 we are pleased to welcome the Revd. Andrew Ashdown and his wife, the Revd Victoria, to participate in the 10.30 am worship at St. Andrew’s Church Kyrenia.
Following the service, there will be a “Bring and Share” lunch in the church hall where Andrew will speak of his fascinating experience in Syria and present us with the challenge of a perspective often quite at odds with mainstream media.
“Signs of hope? Christian-Muslim relations in Syria. Historical and contemporary dynamics, in peace and conflict.”
This talk will illustrate current realities in Syria through the lens of the life of faith communities in that country, both prior to and during the conflict.
Please do make the most of this opportunity and join us for worship or the talk afterwards or both.
The Revd Andrew Ashdown has been an Anglican priest for 28 years, and is currently undertaking Doctoral Research in the field of Christian-Muslim Relations in Syria.
As well as being a regular visitor to Syria prior to the conflict, Andrew has visited the country 9 times in the last three years. He has travelled widely in the country both independently and as a member of delegations, including visiting areas most affected by the conflict, and has met thousands of people from all communal backgrounds, including hundreds of internally displaced persons in different parts of the country. He has met with many senior religious and political leaders, both government and internal opposition figures in the country, and in December 2016, he witnessed the final battle for East Aleppo, and was the first British person to enter the Old City of Aleppo, and areas of East Aleppo just hours after the last snipers had been removed. His research focusses on the religious dimensions of Syrian society and context.
Andrew is married to Victoria, who is an Incumbent in the Winchester Diocese.
World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice.
This year’s theme, written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Suriname, is All God’s Creation Is Very Good.
A heri grontapu di Gado meki bun doro, dóro!
As in the beginning, God created from chaos. But everything that was created found its place in creation. All were related to each other – the earth with the light, the waters with the sky, the tree seeds with the living creatures, and the humankind with God. None could exist without the other, and the source of all was God.
There was goodness in that integrated system of relationships. But essential to that was the commitment to care. And we know that we are failing!
Women from Suriname lift up their voices to remind us that we are caretakers of God’s creation! They are bringing to our attention the urgent need for caring at a time when more than 180 countries have signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A commitment to keep the earth cooler depends on public policies implemented by governments, but also on our personal lifestyle.
As one of our Guiding Principles affirms “prayer is rooted in listening to God and to one another.” Through the worship service, we listen to the multicultural and multi-ethnic people of Suriname. They take us to their communities and through their concerns. History is before our eyes! The flora and fauna are remarkable! The everyday life is weaved into the prayers.
How good is God’s creation? That is the question to meditate and respond to with a personal commitment to care for creation. But it can also be an opportunity for the WDP motto “Informed prayer and prayerful action” to be affirmed in the community. What is it that we, as the WDP movement, can do to keep God’s creation good?
A service to celebrate World Day of Prayer 2018 will be held in St. Andrew’s on Friday 2nd March at 3.00pm. All are welcome to attend.
The St. Andrew’s, Kyrenia Lent Course this year is from the Church of England Diocese of Birmingham and is entitled Broken.
It is based on the BBC series of the same name starring Sean Bean.
The course will run in St. Andrew’s on each Thursday in Lent, starting on 15th February 2018, immediately following the 10.00am Holy Communion service.
From the website of the Diocese of Birmingham:
The TV series, Broken, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean is set in an estate parish somewhere in the UK. The church used at the centre of the series is in Liverpool but the series never explicitly states that this is where the narrative is set. The series focuses on the life and ministry of Father Michael Kerrigan, a Roman Catholic priest who, despite past trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, attempts to bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people amongst whom he ministers. The series portrays real life at its most gritty and unvarnished, and in doing so raises many questions along the way about how to live faithfully when life is very hard.
This course arose out of numerous conversations I had with people after the series aired. So many people commented that they thought it would make an excellent Lent or study course that I thought it would be interesting to have a go. I have shaped the course around the principles of the series itself – which raises far more questions than it ever answers. The idea of the course is to provide the space for people to pick up the questions raised in the series and to explore how they might want to answer them.
Canon Dr Paula Gooder
Director of Mission Learning & Development
To mark the beginning of Lent there will be Holy Communion with imposition of Ashes on Wednesday 14th February at 10 am.
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 Thursday from 15th February to 22nd March, following the mid-week Holy Communion service at 10.00 am, we will be holding a Lent Study Course reflecting on the BBC TV series Broken – a Lent course from the Church of England Diocese of Birmingham. Click here for more details.
Also for Lent the beautiful evening service of Compline will be said each Sunday evening at 6:00pm in the church. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, and certain other Christian denominations with liturgical traditions all prescribe Compline, which is a contemplative service that emphasizes spiritual peace.
We are always delighted to welcome people to our worship at St. Andrew’s, whether as residents or visitors, and especially at this captivating time of year when we ponder the what we call “the mystery of the incarnation”. God chose to be own part of His own creation and entered the world as a fragile, totally dependent baby. We sing traditional and familiar songs (carols) which tell of that birth that changed the world and the promise with it.
One very famous song tells of the town where Christ was born. As we sing with hushed tones “O little town of Bethlehem” it can take on an almost magical quality. However we are in danger of sugar coating and sentimentalising the whole event. The context in which Jesus was born was neither cosy nor warm nor safe. There was no rosy glow. Jesus was born into an occupied city with menacing threats of a brutal and merciless regime.
This is still the current state of Bethlehem. The descendants of Jesus’ first followers, the Palestinian Christians, are often overlooked and unheard in the political chaos of Palestine today. In particular, in light of Donald Trumps proposal to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of the Stare of Israel , we experience more colonial domination and provocation that can threaten not just regional but global stability.
We desperately need the peace and humility of that Christ child. Our world desperately needs it. As we celebrate our Christmas it would be disingenuous of us to sing a fairy tale of unreality. We are called to address injustice and corruption wherever they may be found, but here, at this time of the year, we must pray for our brothers and sisters of this famous little town and I invite you to do so in alternative words to the carol reproduced here below.
For those who can physically attend the services In church we will still sing the original words but everyone will be given a copy of these words which I invite you to reflect upon. All eyes of every faith and none are once again focussed on this tiny town of such huge significance.
This Christmastide and throughout the coming New Year may you all and the world in which we live know the peace and humility of the Christ child born in that stable.
Revd. Wendy Hough, Chaplain
St. Andrew’s Church
Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m.
Christmas has always been associated with the singing of Christmas Carols, and one of the favourite services in many churches is the traditional “Nine Lessons and Carols”. The service is so traditional that many people think it must have been part of the Church’s worship for hundreds of years. But the reality is a little different.
While it is true that the sacred songs which we call Christmas Carols have been sung for centuries, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols has a relatively recent history.
In 1878 the Royal Cornwall Gazette reported that the choir of Truro Cathedral would sing a service of carols at 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
“The Choir of the Cathedral will sing a number of carols in the Cathedral on Christmas Eve, the service commencing at 10pm. We understand that this is at the wish of many of the leading parishioners and others. A like service has been instituted in other cathedral and large towns, and has been much appreciated. It is the intention of the choir to no longer continue the custom of singing carols at the residences of members of the congregation.”
Two years later, Edward White Benson, at that time Bishop of Truro in Cornwall but later Archbishop of Canterbury, formalised the service with Nine Lessons for use at 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880. Over 400 people attended this first service.
The original form of the service has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Lessons and Carols most often occur in Anglican churches. However, many Christian denominations have adopted this service, or a variation on this service, as part of their Christmas celebrations.
The best-known version is broadcast annually from King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. It features carols sung by the famous Choir of King’s College.
Less well-known perhaps, but just as traditional, is the service held in St. Andrew’s Church, Kyrenia. This year’s Nine Lessons and Carols in St. Andrew’s will be held on Sunday 17th December at 6.00 p.m. All are very welcome to attend.