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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.


The Eighth Day of Easter, May 9 2021

The Second Sunday of Easter



We will gather again for Holy Communion at 11:00 am EEST, outside, double masked and socially distanced. 

Put on sunscreen, wear a hat, maybe bring a parasol, bring some water, and wash your hands or use sanitizer.


Zoom Service Link FOR OUR ON LINE SERVICES:

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




The Latest in Government Regulations for Churches

 

Double masks are required if attending church, We can meet outside, with a requirement of 10 sq m per person.

Inside the Tabernacle we are still restricted to 25 sq m per person - which means 3 to 4 persons may attend, in addition to those leading worship and assisting with tech.

Those in leadership of the liturgy should have self-administered a rapid test, and have a negative result.


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

 

     The Small Group Bible Study on "Why Did Jesus Die" will 

          re-commence on Thursday, May 6, 2021!


We gather online every Thursday at 4:30 PM EEST, using the same Zoom link as above that we use for worship. 


We continue to look at the question of "Why did Jesus die?" and this week will look at three lesser known theories of atonement: Moral Influence, Solidarity, and a Post-Colonial Perspective. 

The Biblical passages we will look at are: Philippians 3.4b-4.1, Hebrews 2.10-18, and Colossians 2.8-15.



NOTICE OF THE

ANNUAL CHAPLAINCY MEETING 2021


THE ANNUAL CHAPLAINCY MEETING WILL BE HELD

IN OR NEAR THE TABERNACLE, AND/OR ON ZOOM

ON

Thursday May 27, 2021 at 4:00 PM:


For the Election of Parochial representatives of the laity as follows:


Churchwardens

Church Council Representatives

Archdeaconry Synod Representatives

Independent Examiner (Auditor)


And for the consideration of:

A Report on the changes in the Electoral Roll since the last Annual Chaplaincy Meeting


An Annual Report on the proceedings of the Church Council and the activities of the chaplaincy generally


The audited Financial Statements of the Council for the year ending on 31st December 2020


A Report upon the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church and its surroundings


Any other matters of parochial or general Church interest


Candidates for election at the meeting must be nominated and seconded in writing.


Each nomination paper must be signed by the person nominated.


The nomination is not valid unless received by the Chairman of the meeting, Reverend Canon Bruce Bryant-Scott, before the commencement of the meeting)


NOTE

All persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll of the Church of St. Thomas (and such persons only) are entitled to vote at the election of parochial representatives of the laity.


If you wish to be on the Church Electoral Roll, please contact Jan Lovell by May 18 by emailing her at [email protected]


A convening circular will be available for download in the next day or two - an email will be sent to you when it is ready.


The Reverend Canon David Bruce Bryant-Scott, Assistant Chaplain

 



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, Jo Cheslyn-Hall, at +30 69415 52981 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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