The re-formatted Thursday morning Holy Communion services at 10:00am each week in St. Andrew’s where, instead of a sermon a discussion is held between those present on a particular topic or scripture reading, has proved to be very popular.
Starting on Thursday 14th February 2019 a more structured discussion will be held in the Hall AFTER the service each week starting at approx. 10:45am. This will take the form of a study of the Epistle of James and is based on a book by the well-known author Tom Wright.
There are 9 sessions in all and, although starting a little early in the year, it will be the Lent Study for 2019. Refreshments will be available during each session.
All are welcome, whether attending the Communion service beforehand or not.
If you would like to attend please bring along a bible and a notepad. Please also let the Revd Michael or Steve Bishop know so that we can make provision for the number attending.
‘Every generation in the church worries, rightly, about people who just glide along, who appear to enjoy what they hear, and yet don’t seem to make any real difference. James faced a similar situation during the very first days of the church. So, it’s not surprising that translating belief into action – making sure that faith is the real thing – is near the heart of his message. That kind of faith, he explains, is the faith that matters, the faith that justifies, the faith that saves. We need that kind of faith today. These nine studies on James’s passionate letter help us to live out a faith that makes a difference.’
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.
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.
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.
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:
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