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The Anglican Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas

The Anglican Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas.

We are the only Anglican church on Crete. However, all Christian denominations are welcome at our services. We are situated within the Apokoronas area of Crete, east of Chania, in the picturesque rural village of Kefalas.

We hope that this website will guide you around the Parish - our worship, events and organisations and contact points for any further information.

Feast of Dedication 2022 

Sunday, July 3 2022

The Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, and the anniversary of the dedication of our Chapel. 

We will mark the event with special readings and refreshments following. 

Please join us in person in person or online.

A reminder that, following government guidance, we no long require the wearing of masks, but please feel free to do so. 

At least one Anglican church in Greece - Holy Trinity Corfu - is dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak amongst its members, so to be on the safe side please be careful by washing your hands and social distancing. I test myself every Saturday to ensure that I am virus-free, and I encourage you to test yourself regularly, too.

 You can find the location of our church on Google maps or from this  website on our


If you wish to join us online on Sundays, use this Zoom link: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Password: 010209. 

Turned By Divine Love

This coming Wednesday the Small Group Bible Study will begin to look at John Stroyan's Turned by Divine Love: Starting again with God and with others. 

Bishop John is the Bishop of Warwick in the Diocese of Coventry, and he and Mary Stroyan are occasional visitors to St Thomas's. 

I will be sending out an email with the Introduction scanned and ready to read, so if you are not already one of our regulars, please email me at [email protected] to get put on the list for this.

We meet online on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM EEST using the same Zoom link above that we use for Sunday worship.

I'm off to General Synod again!

As most of you know, I am an elected member of the General Synod of the Church of England. 

General Synod is the legislature for the church, and since it is established in England, its measures are the law of the land. I am one of three clergy who attend, along with three laity and Bishop Robert Innes. 

In our summer sessions we meet in York; it tends to be a more relaxed gathering than the February one in Church House in Westminster, largely because it is residential (we meet and stay in the university there), and we wear more summery clothing.

We meet from Friday July 8 through Tuesday July 12. Among the issues to be discussed are revisions to the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM), the "route map" for getting the Church of England to net zero carbon footprint, and how to spend some £1.2 billion being distributed to the dioceses by the Church Commissioners. 

Please pray for all the members as we gather and the leadership of Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Please note that this is different from the Lambeth Conference, which is the gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world that meets in Canterbury and London at the end of July and early August.

I will be away next Sunday, and the Rev'd Tony Lane has graciously agreed to lead worship on July 10.

Thank you for your sacrifical giving which enables the ministry of our church to continue forward 

We receive no funding from the government, and are dependent on the sacrificial giving of our members. We have received some grants from the Diocese in Europe's Hardship Fund, but this has met only a fraction of our expenses. 

We are a low-cost operation - but the costs are still there. 

So thank you for your support!

If you value the ministry of St Thomas's, would you please consider supporting it, if you are not already doing so? 

Please consider making a monthly automatic debit to either our Greek bank account or our account in England; our treasurer, Mary Hurley, can help you make those arrangements. You can reach her at [email protected] or +30 28250 83219.

God be with you in the coming week.

Bruce +


The safety and well-being of our members and those whom we seek to serve, especially the most vulnerable among us, is a prerequisite to proclaiming the good news.​

If you have a complaint about the behaviour of any of our clergy or volunteers you may speak in confidence with our Safeguarding Officer, Jan Lovell, at

 +30 28250 22756 or [email protected]

Alternatively, you may contact the Safeguarding Team of the Diocese in Europe directly at +44 (0)207 898 1163, or visit their page at for more ways to contact them. 

St. Thomas is one of many churches in the rapidly growing Diocese in Europe which, in itself, is part of The Church of England. You can visit the Diocese website at