A date for your diary: Sunday 17th September 2017
For millennia humankind has thought to give thanks for the bounty of the earth (and the work of human hands) which sustains each and every one of us in our daily lives.
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We were delighted to receive news from St Andrews Church Kyrenia of an article they published which is taken from the September/October issue of INSPIRE Magazine, the UK’s biggest reach good news magazine telling stories of God at work, and we are also delighted to receive kind permission from INSPIRE Magazine for its publication on cyprusscene..
An interview with the Chaplain for St Andrews, in Girne/Kyrenia, the Revd Wendy Hough, by Bayrak International Radio from two years ago will be repeated this Saturday, 17th June, at 3.00 pm Cyprus time and again on Sunday 18th June at 11.00 am on Bayrak International Radio.
The radio frequency is 105 and 87.8 FM .
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St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017 finished with a magnificent Choral Eucharist on Sunday 28th May, the culmination of a wonderful week of music, both choral and instrumental, ably led by St. Andrew’s Director of Music Earl Moffitt and featuring our guest composer and accompanist NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire and St. Andrew’s Choir.
The week began on Tuesday 23rd May with a Festival of Favourite Hymns hosted by the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, with NykkÖ as organist and recitalist.
The hymns were chosen by members of the congregation. The eclectic mix included such classics as Abide with Me, The Lord’s My Shepherd, Will Your Anchor Hold as well as more modern renditions such as Be Still and Seek Ye First. Included were solo organ pieces: the 1st movement of the Concerto in A minor by Vivaldi/Bach, BWV 593, which Bach arranged from Vivaldi’s Concerto Op. 3 No. 8 from L’Estro Armonico; Andante Tranquillo from Sonata No. 3 by Felix Mendelssohn; and Fanfare (D Major) by Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens. This delightful evening ended with refreshments served in the south transept.
Thursday 25th May 2017 was the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. Although a major feast day in the Church’s Calendar, sadly it seems to have lost its importance in peoples’ minds – perhaps because it falls on a Thursday, 40 days after Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Day.
But in St. Andrews’ it was celebrated by a Festal Choral Eucharist, which replaced the normally contemplative regular 10.00am Thursday service of Holy Communion. The Celebrant and Preacher at the service was the Revd Wendy Hough and the hymns chosen were:
Once again the music was provided by our guest organist NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire.
Following the service the choir repaired to the Halfway House Restaurant in Karaman (Karmi) for a delicious lunch organised by choir member Sue Carling. While there the opportunity was taken to celebrate the xxth birthday for one of the more chronologically-gifted and experientially-enhanced choir members Sheila Rose. Not one, but two delicious chocolate cakes were enjoyed by all present.
NykkÖ delighted all, including the young grandson of the restaurant’s proprietors Mehmet and his mother, Yaşın, with tunes on the Duduk, an ancient double-reed woodwind flute made of apricot wood, which is indigenous to Armenia and the Bawu, a Chinese wind instrument which, although shaped like a flute, it is actually a free reed instrument, with a single metal reed (information courtesy of Wikipedia).
On Thursday evening The Ascension Day Concert featured NykkÖ, the St. Andrew’s Church Choir, directed by Earl Moffitt, with John Crothers as organist for several pieces when NykkÖ accompanied the choir on cello.
The Concert opened with the trumpet tune The Cebell by Henry Purcell, played on the organ by NykkÖ. The Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, welcomed the audience to St. Andrew’s and then the choir sang the Evening Canticle, Hail, gladdening Light (Φῶς Ἱλαρόν) set to music by John Stainer.
This was followed by an audience hymn, the stirring Hail the day that sees him rise by Charles Wesley to the tune Llanfair. This tune formed the foundation for improvisation on the organ by NykkÖ, which he followed with two anonymous pieces Gavotte d’Henri IV and Gavotte de Louis XIV.
NykkÖ then played two beautiful melodies: one from Armenia on the Duduk and one from China on the Bawu.
There followed the world premiere of Anthem for Kyrenia written by NykkÖ Grégoire especially for the St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017 and dedicated to Earl Moffitt and the Revd Wendy. Sung by the Choir, the piece is based on Hebrews 13:2: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. [KJV], and reflects the ongoing Ministry of Welcome to the whole community, here in Kyrenia, and beyond being practiced in St. Andrew’s under the Revd Wendy’s leadership. The Choir was accompanied by NykkÖ on the cello and John Crothers on the organ.
The Ascension Day was read by Diana Peek, a member of St. Andrew’s congregation.
Once more the audience joined in singing of the hymn Angel voices, ever singing by Edwin G. Monk, opening flourish and descant by the late John Cooke.
NykkÖ Grégoire played the organ piece La Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs by Jean-Baptiste Lully (or Giovanni Battista Lulli).
The Choir sang three pieces with strong Irish connections:
Fans of Phantom of the Opera were entertained to a magnificent rendition of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor by NykkÖ!
The Concert ended with all present singing the hymn Christ triumphant, ever reigning by Michael Saward during which a collection was made for TULIPS, the North Cyprus Help Those With Cancer Association. The sum of TL1,087 and Stg£60 was generously donated by those present.
Again the audience repaired to the south transept for refreshments.
As previously intimated St. Andrew’s Music Week 2017 ended with a Choral Eucharist on Sunday 28th May at which once again the Celebrant and Preacher was the Revd Wendy Hough.
The service began with the organ prelude Heut Triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630 by JS Bach played by NykkÖ Grégoire. This was followed by the Choir Introit, a repeat of Let all the world in every corner sing, words by George Hebert arranged by the late Rodney Bambrick.
The Processional Hymn was Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious by Thomas Kelly to the tune Regent Square.
The Psalm was a rendition by the Choir of verses from Psalm 68, the psalm appointed for the Sunday after the Ascension Day – Easter 7. The setting was by Alison Cadden and follows the Irish theme in that it came from the publication Singing Psalms, Responsorial Psalms set to Simple Chant by Alison and Peter Thompson, a publication from the Liturgical Advisory Committee of the Church of Ireland.
The Gradual Hymn was O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace, words by Charles Coffin to the tune Tallis’s Ordinal.
Once more the Choir sang ‘How shall they hear’ who have not heard, words by Timothy Dudley-Smith arranged by Canon Martin White.
Diana Peek read the beautiful poem Ascension Day by Christina Rossetti.
The Offertory Hymn was Beauty for brokenness by Graham Kendrick to the eponymous tune.
The Communion Anthem was Father we love you, we worship and adore you, words and music by Donna Adkins, arranged by N Warren with a descant by W Llewellyn.
The Communion Hymn was Abba Father, words and music by Dave Bilbrough, arranged by A F Carver
The Post Communion Hymn was Ascended Christ, who gained the glory that we sing by Christopher M. Idle to the tune Christchurch
Our guest musician NykkÖ Grégoire played the final organ voluntary Grand Jeu from Livre D’Orgue by Pierre Du Mage which was followed by the Final Hymn Christ triumphant, ever reigning by Michael Saward.
All agreed that this year’s St. Andrew’s Music Week had been a great success and sincere thanks go to all who made it possible, not least Compass Cyprus Chartered Surveyors who sponsored the printing of programs for the Music Week.
But, special thanks must go to our guest this year, NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire.
The annual Archdeacon’s Visitation and Gathering was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia on Saturday 20th May 2017.
Members of the several parishes of the Archdeaconry in Cyprus met together to hear the Archdeacon in Cyprus, the Revd Dr John Holdsworth, give his “state of the union” address and to commission Wardens and Council members following their elections at recent AGMs in the parishes.
Readers and clergy also reaffirmed their committments in prayer to their ministry within the Diocese.
Above is the wonderful cake for St. Andrew’s made by the extremely gifted Charlie Inskip, followed by a picture of all of the cakes on the altar of the cathedral before their blessing (and subsequent demolishing by those present after the service!)
NykkÖ-Michaël Grégoire, an accomplished musician, was born in France in 1979. He studied the organ and piano at the conservatoire in Angoulème and in 1997 moved to the conservatoire of Bordeaux to continue his studies of the organ, harmony and composition, harpsichord and the “Ondes Martenot” (an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot).
He gained his diploma in Music in 2002 and a diploma in teaching in 2005.
He has worked extensively as a teacher and an accompanist for choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. He moved to England in September 2009.
Thursday 25th May
Sunday 28th May
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St. Andrew’s Hall is not only utilised by the parish but is also used by many and varied other groups, within the wider community, here in Kyrenia.
However, like many of us, it was showing signs of age and needed a spruce up before the forthcoming Easter Festivities.
Consequently, with Church Council approval and under the gentle, but persuasive, direction of Church Warden, Gloria Tattersall, the Hall received a good clean, the removal of now redundant cupboards and a fresh coat of paint in the Hall itself, the kitchen area, the toilets, and the stairway down from the church.
The results have been outstanding and sincere thanks must go to all of those who gave so generously of their time and talents, not only with preparation and painting but also with the provision of refreshments to lift tired spirits and bodies.
Not least thanks to Gloria whose energy seems to be unbounded.
Would that the rest of us, who are also showing signs of age could be quite so easily refurbished!
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By Margaret Sheard …..
St Andrew’s Church in Kyrenia will be holding a Mothering Sunday service on Sunday 26th March at 10.30am. The Revd. Wendy Hough has asked us to share the following and said perhaps you would like to celebrate “Refreshment Sunday” and discover how the church should be mothering us. There will be gifts of flowers and rumour has it, even some Simnel cake to sample.
It’s Mothers’ Day, or more properly ‘Mothering Sunday’ this week, the 4th Sunday in Lent. It seems that centuries ago in Europe ‘Mothering Sunday’ was a day when people returned to their ‘Mother church’ – servants would be given a day off to return to their families and worship together at the family church. Because time off was so rare it was also a rare day of family togetherness.
I’m thinking that there must be lots of people who have links in the past with St Andrew’s Church: folk who were baptised here, folk who attended for a while but whose inner journeys have since taken them away from the Church and perhaps away from God too.
If this is the case with you, and you’re feeling restless, or asking deep questions, or simply in need or in despair, then why not make this Mothering Sunday the day you come back to St Andrew’s Church, a community of people in whom, however imperfectly, you will find reflected the love of a God who has not forgotten you.”