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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.


Join us in person or online for Sunday Services


The Rev Tony Lane Returns to St Thomas's

to Preach and Preside this Sunday, 

October 17, 2021, at 11 am EEST

 

I remind you that we are still required to be masked and socially distanced. Alternatively, you can join us by Zoom: click this link or enter the following into your Zoom app: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927, Passcode: 010209. 


Zoom Service Link FOR OUR ON LINE SERVICES:

https://theanglicanchurchincrete.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ac315282f1a60d98ffebdab29&id=cb31460f45&e=34f50e5a42

 

I am writing to you from sunny Corfu / Kerkyra where I am attending the Synod of the Archdeaconry of the East. Although Thursday was an incredibly rainy day, it has not affected the Synod as we are meeting indoors and in the Old Town, which has excellent drainage. From what I have seen in pictures and video, other parts of Corfu were not so fortunate.


We have gathered here as guests of the Anglican Church of Holy Trinity, as well as the Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant churches here, praying at the Catholic Church of St Francis and meeting in the Orthodox Centre. 


We have come from as far north as St Petersburg and as far south as Crete (that would be me), and from Vienna to Izmir. We are citizens of the UK, Russia, Poland, Greece, Canada (not just me), the United States, and beyond.


I am here at the Synod over tomorrow, so I am much obliged to the Rev Tony Lane for agreeing to take the service in my absence. It must be almost two years, and perhaps more, since we have been blessed with his leadership in worship - too long! Welcome back, Tony and Suzanne.   


 


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

We are able to maintain a priest on the island, only because of your generous financial support. We receive no funding from the government, and are dependent on the sacrificial giving of our members.

 

Because of the pandemic we were unable last year to hold our usual fund-raising events, and there was limited income from fees. We did receive some grants from the Diocese in Europe's Hardship Fund, but this 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 normally donate by the collection basket, but are not able to come to church, please contact Mary Hurley, and she can arrange to meet you and receive any donations.


 Alternatively, please consider making a monthly automatic debit to either our Greek bank account or our account in England; 

again, Mary can make those arrangements. 

You can reach her at [email protected] or 

+30 28250 83219/+30 6955 300301

 

      


God be with you all.



Bruce +




SAFEGUARDING NOTICE

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 https://europe.anglican.org/safeguarding/who-to-contact 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 http://europe.anglican.org/homepage/

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