Carols by Candlelight 2018

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.

 

Christmas at St. Andrew’s

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

Kurban Bayram collection presentation

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 cheque

The presentation of the cheque for £750

A Scandinavian Christmas

Skandinavisk julegudstjeneste

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 Baptism of Elsie Chimfumnaya Onochie

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

St. Andrew’s Kurban Bayram collection

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.

All Souls’ Day at St. Andrew’s

All Souls’ Day was observed in St. Andrew’s on Friday 2nd November 2018.

At the quiet, moving ceremony some 40 names of those whom we have loved and lost were read out. As each name was read a candle was lit on the altar in their memory.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them.

Seafarers’ Christmas Boxes

Mission to Seafarers

As so many of us know living here in Cyprus being away from your family during the holidays is never easy. But seafarers around the world often have no choice as to whether they go back home to be with their loved ones at this time of year.

Once again this year the Mission to Seafarers in Limassol is asking for our support for their participation in a campaign to bring a little Christmas cheer to seafarers who may be in the port over the holiday period.

Shoeboxes for Seafarers aims to provide a suitably decorated shoe box with goodies that seafarers may welcome at Christmas when they are so far from home.  The contents may contain things like toiletries, notebooks, socks, tissues, soap, chocolates, sweets etc.  The Mission puts a woolly hat and  mug into each box so donors are asked to please leave room for them.  A Christmas card would be a nice touch but no address and certainly please NO MONEY.

Boxes may be given to the Church Wardens or Chaplain but please be sure to hand in any contributions before 1st December so that they can be transported to Limassol in good time.

If you need further clarification please ask one of the Churchwardens.

 

Seafarer's Christmas Shoebox

Baptism and Confirmations in St. Andrew’s

The packed church listens to the scripture readings

Sunday 21st October 2018 saw St. Andrew’s Church full once again for a very special day in the life of the Chaplaincy.

Bishop Michael celebrated the Eucharist and also the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.

During his sermon, drawing from the Gospel reading of the day, Mark 10: 35-45, the Bishop told us that the story of James and John (and, in the version of the story in Matthew’s Gospel, their mother, Mrs. Zebedee) asking who would sit at Jesus’ right and left in Jesus’ glory, was showing us that being best is not the point. Being good disciples is. We are not just spectators; we are not just churchgoers. Rather we are disciples, learners, followers of Jesus in his way. Even though we fail, the point of being church goers is to be disciples and followers.

When Jesus went on and asked James and John, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” he was not talking not about water baptism such as we would see this morning. Rather he was asking can you take rough with the smooth if you’re my disciple. As Christians you will suffer as well as have a good time. Power isn’t the point: service is. Servants are often laughed at, but those who want to be great must serve. Even Jesus himself.

Bishop Michael then addressed the Old Testament reading from Isaiah 53. There we read about servanthood: the Suffering Servant. He will be King and great but not as we know it. A man of sorrows, despised and rejected. But he will serve the world in giving up his life for it.

If we own up to be followers of Christ then we should calibrate our life according to how Jesus lived. We must first of all learn from the scriptures. It begins with calling, such as the calling for the candidates for baptism and confirmation this morning. We shan’t “get it” all at once, but we have to stay on the way, which is best done in church, not alone. Scripture says where two or three gather together Jesus will be among them. We will “get it” by following Jesus on the road until we finally “get it” fully when we meet him face to face.

So what did Jesus do? He associated with people who were ignored by others. He included people in when others said leave them out. This is the mystery of Jesus’ way which keeps us exploring. We must stay with Christ as we re-read and rehear his Word.

Bishop Michael preaches

Bishop Michael then baptised Kimberley Sharawakanda followed by the Confirmation of Kimberley, Sharon Gechure and Lynda Hillard. All the candidates were warmly welcomed by the packed church and not a few tears were shed for our friends on this very special day for them.

The baptism of Kimberley

Confirmation of Lynda, Kimberley and Sharon

The newly confirmed led the congregation in receiving Communion.

Receiving Communion

Following the service a magnificent “finger food” buffet was held in the Hall which, as usual, would have fed the five thousand! Sincere thanks were expressed for all who had helped to make today so special. As one visitor remarked after the service, “Well we certainly didn’t expect that today, but it was a wonderful service and thank you for the warm welcome we received!”

Kimberley, Sharon, Bishop Michael and Lynda

Lynda, Revd Mike, Kimberley and Sharon

Enjoying fellowship after the service

Enjoying the fruits of much hard work by so many people

So much to choose from!

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