This was also Bishop Michael’s last service in St Andrew’s before his retirement and so a presentation of a painting of Kyrenia Harbour by Maxene Schailer was made to him and his wife Julia.
We wish them both a long and happy retirement, and every blessing to Fr Alec and his wife Linda as they begin their ministry here in St Andrew’s.
Photographs courtesy of John Crothers
The Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, also called Ascension Day, commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Following the account of Acts 1:3 that the risen Jesus appeared for 40 days prior to his Ascension, Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter.
Ascension Day will be celebrated in St. Andrew’s on Thursday 18th May 2023 at 12 noon
The Revd Anne Futcher will preside at the Holy Communion service where the preacher will be the Venerable Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Cyprus.
St. Andrew’s church was full to bursting (once more necessitating the use of the Hall for the overflow congregation!) as Easter Day was celebrated on Sunday 9th April 2023.
But it was also a very special day for one young person as Fr George Vidiakin baptised Chimturumugo Success Chiboy
We welcome Chimturumugo to the family of the Church as we say, with believers throughout the world, Christ is risen – he is risen indeed! Alleluia!
A delicious Palm Sunday Parish Lunch was held in the Parish Hall on Sunday 2nd April where those who attended were served a delicious Irish Stew or Vegetable and Cheese Pasta, followed by Osman’s Special Sherry Trifle or Linda’s Very Own Bakewell Tart.
Donations were welcomed towards church funds.
Sincere thanks to Earl Moffitt for organising this event, those who provided the comestibles, and to those who helped set up and clear the Hall afterwards.
The St Andrew’s February Turkish and Syrian Earthquake Appeal reached just over TL 65,000, a terrific response. KKTC Kizilay received a small group lead by Jacqueline McIntyre, Warden and Shane Barnes, Treasurer accompanied by Jenny and John Worton-Griffiths on Friday 17th March. Kizilay President, Sezoi Sezen and his colleagues received the St Andrew’s donation with grateful thanks – it will be included in the KKTC Kizilay Pray for Turkey campaign. The Earthquake area of Sanliurfa is now suffering from severe flooding after days of torrential rain. Some tent encampments are now under water.
Kibris is now hosting 10,000 people displaced by the Turkish earthquake. Baskan Sezoi explained that most are staying with friends and family but many are in need of assistance. Kizilay are busy preparing for Ramazan which begins on 23rd March. Iftar meals will to be shared in many towns and villages across the island each evening for the 29 days of fasting.