The church was full to overflowing, with the “overspill” being accommodated in the Hall downstairs where the service was relayed and Holy Communion concelebrated.
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Several members of St. Andrew’s Choir, congregation and the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, met for lunch to bid farewell and to wish every blessing on Dr. Philip Ephraim who was returning to his native Nigeria after over four years in North Cyprus.
At the Morning Eucharist on Sunday 19th March 2017, the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, launched Scene@StAndrewsKyrenia, a publication outlining the work and mission of St. Andrew’s over the recent past.
Quoting from her article in the publication, the Revd Wendy said, “Here at St. Andrew’s we are working hard to be a church community that lives out its appreciation of, and awareness of, the goodness, generosity and the greatness of God. All forms of service, including our financial giving, are encouraged and developed on the basis of a response to God’s call to us. We want to be at the heart of the community here in Kyrenia, serving all, whether residents, visitors, tourists or those who own homes here and visit several times per year (often known as swallows), expressing God’s abundant love in all we think and do and say.
“St. Andrew’s is a place to learn about why we worship God and we hope you will be drawn to share with us in exploring the exciting journey of faith.”
In addition a new Giving Form was promoted outlining ways of giving to the work and mission of St. Andrew’s via regular offerings (using envelopes or standing order), a one-off gift, or by means of a legacy. Revd Wendy encouraged all those who are able to also use the UK’s gift-aid scheme to increase their contribution at no extra cost to themselves.
Donors from around the world may also donate using mydonate.bt.com to give to the newly formed St Andrew’s Church Kyrenia UK Charity. Click here
We have received information from St Andrew’s Church, Girne of their forthcoming events in May and June and would like to share this with our readers. There is plenty going on and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events.
Wednesday 25th May
The monthly Community Lunches continue and the next one is on Wednesday 25th May at the Church Hall at 12.00noon. The menu is Ham, Salads, Pudding and a vegetarian option. If you would like to come along please book by contacting Ann Iverson on 0533 835 19 81
Saturday 28th May
A coffee morning is to be held on Saturday 28th May at The Hermitage from 10am to 12noon where excellent coffee, tea and cakes and a raffle will be enjoyed, plus the company of the wonderful members of our congregation and their friends.
Saturday 4th June
There is to be a celebratory afternoon tea on Saturday June 4th in honour of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This will be from 3pm to 5pm at The Hermitage. (15TL donation in advance or on the gate).
There will be a ‘Best Hat’ competition for Ladies, Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. So get thinking of a fabulous hat fit for a queen and of course there will also be a raffle.
Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th June
St Andrews Music week. Gordon Appleton has very kindly accepted our Director of Music’s invitation to lead choral and organ workshops. Gordon comes to us with a wealth of years of church music experience both at home & abroad.
Members of the congregation are invited to attend the following, and friends and visitors are also most welcome to come along.
During this week on Thursday 2nd June there is an informal FAVOURITE HYMNS evening. There are forms in the church where your Favourite Hymn can be requested.
The purpose of St Andrew’s Music Week, which includes additional choir rehearsals, organ tutorials, hymn singing & learning new music, is aimed at developing and improving what we offer as choir members in church each week.
At the end of this week there is to be a Choral Eucharist at 10.30am on Sunday 5th June to which everyone is invited.
By Margaret Sheard…..
This was not an interview by cyprusscene, it was by Chris Krzentz who hails from Chicago, Illinois and as I write he will be winging his way back to the USA. Chris had been spending time in Cyprus and took the opportunity to visit Kyrenia and interviewed Revd. Wendy Hough at St. Andrew’s Church.
Chris is originally from Cyprus and has spent time in Italy and now lives in the USA. His hobby is videography and he has also set up Cyprus Culture Club (a non political group from all Cypriot communities from all over the island) with more than 6,300 members. To visit this Facebook page click here and Chris’s own Facebook page click here.
We have been in touch with Chris and he is delighted that we are sharing his video and we hope that in the future we will be able to share more of his work on cyprusscene.com and other websites, groups and social media pages.
Wendy Hough sent us the link to the video which Chris made of his interview with her at the Church and we feel it is well worth sharing with our readers.
By Carol Blackwell Gibbs
I have known the Rev Simon Holloway for a number of years. He was the vicar at St Wilfred’s in Horley, Surrey where we keep a UK base. He, & his wife Pauline, came to stay with us for a holiday in Alsancak about three years ago. Much to our surprise he returned to Cyprus a few months later to become the Chaplain for Ayia Napa! Simon & Pauline have stayed with us this week during the set up and production of this musical.
Simon is the co-ordinator for the musical production of ‘Two Sisters and a Funeral’ which has been written by song writer and musician, Roger Jones, who is based in the UK and has written musicals for over 30 years. This musical has been brought to Cyprus by Roger with professional musicians and singers from the UK taking part along with Devon Brown, part of the Cyprus team, who plays a leading role.
This musical is a Biblical story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and is a message of hope for the people of Cyprus and it was hoped many would come and hear the fantastic music and listen to the story of hope that is still true for today.”
The show has been presented in Larnaca and Famagusta at the Raif Rauf Denktaş Centre where there were over 100 people present and tonight, the 19th November I went along to St Andrews Church Kyrenia where again, around a hundred folk attended. The musical was actually performed within the church, which gave it a very authentic feel with the stone arches & windows. It was a brilliant performance and I very much look forward to Roger & his team returning again to St Andrews’s, Kyrenia.
The show will also be shown in Limassol on 22nd November and 24th November in Nicosia.
As well as conducting the performances of ‘Two Sisters and a Funeral’, Roger Jones will be leading worship seminars for local churches in Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos, and a member of his team, Devon Brown who plays the part of Lazarus, will be appearing in ‘An Audience with Devon Brown’ in Ayia Napa and Paphos.
We would like to thank the Rev Simon Holloway and ” Two Sisters and a Funeral in Cyprus” on Facebook for sharing pictures which have helped create this article.
By Margaret Sheard
As part of the centenary events, St Andrew’s Church will be showing “Two Sisters and a Funeral” which is based on a story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and their friendship with Jesus, in a musical production with Roger Jones and a team of professional singers and local choirs.
This is to be held at St Andrew’s on Tuesday 19th November, doors will be open at 7.30pm.
Tickets are 25TL and can be obtained by contacting Sandy Oram on 0542 872 4291
This production is being held at other venues around the whole of Cyprus.