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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.

"Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out." - 

Deuteronomy 28.6

Sunday, May 15 2022

In the Fifty Days of Easter we repeatedly return to the theme of resurrection. We do so again this Sunday, May 15, when the Rev. Tony Lane returns to preach; 

I will still be there to preside.

Please join us in person in person or online.

If joining us in person, please wear a mask, observe social distancing, and wash your hands or use sanitiser. 

 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:

Coming Events

Next Sunday, May 22, Fr Leonard Doolan , Senior Chaplain at St Paul's, Athens, will be visiting us and preaching. 

He is over for the annual Battle of Crete commemoration which will take place the evening before at the Souda Bay Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. 

I will preside over the service at the Tabernacle, and I suspect the puppets will make an appearance.

Ascension Day is Thursday, May 26. At 11:00 am EEST There will be a said Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer. 

This will be in-person only, and it will not be on Zoom.

 I will be preaching and presiding the Sunday after that, May 29, but on June 5, I will be absent, and Fr Ian Brothwood will be filling in; 

I will be away that week to go to Diocesan Synod in Cologne. I had hoped to avoid having to miss a Sunday, but the flight schedules were just not cooperating. Among other things happening at Synod, I will be presenting a major revision of the Diocesan Anti-Bullying Policy, which is the product of a working group I have chaired for the past year.

Small Group Study on Contextual Theology:

May 18: Celtic Theology (Ireland)

May 25: Dalit Theology (India)

We meet online at 7:30 PM EEST (5:30 PM BST).The Zoom URL is the same as for our Sunday worship:

Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Password: 010209.

Some of you may know the interdenominational monastic community in southern France called Taizé. During the 'sixties and 'seventies it became a place of international youth pilgrimage. 

To include people of many languages in worship the community there developed a style of music that is simple, beautiful, and meditative. Nelly Paraskevopolou of St Paul's, Athens has arranged for an online gathering every second Thursday evening at 9:00 PM EEST for a half-hour of live music and worship using the resources of Taizé. 

The upcoming dates are:

May 26, 2022 09:00 PM

Jun 9, 2022 09:00 PM

Jun 23, 2022 09:00 PM

Jul 7, 2022 09:00 PM

Jul 21, 2022 09:00 PM

The Zoom URL is Meeting ID: 824 6032 3648 Passcode: 060753

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. 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.

Whether I see you online, in person in the Tabernacle, or in the kafenio, I pray that this is a blessed week for all of you. God be with you,

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