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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.


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


Advent Sunday,Sunday November 28


Sermon preached by 

Revd Canon Dr David Bruce Bryant Scott

can be downloaded here:


https://theislandparson.com/2021/11/28/a-slave-of-god/


A year ago we were still in lockdown, and we were barely allowed to have in-person Christmas Day services.

 

This year, thank God, you can join us in person at the Tabernacle for all four of the Sundays of Advent as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

 

This coming Sunday you can also join us by Zoom

: click this link or enter the following into your Zoom app: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927, Passcode: 010209. 


 

We are regulated by the government regard Covid-19. The same requirements that apply to restaurants apply to places of worship. If you attend in person you are required to have a vaccine certificate, or, if you are unvaccinated, a lab-certified negative test for Covid. As usual, please wear masks, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing.


The Bishop's Advent Appeal 2021:

European Climate Disaster Relief

Each Advent and lent Bishop Robert Innes chooses a worthy cause as a focus for assistance. 


As the Diocese in Europe website states, This year, we have witnessed extreme weather caused by climate change in Europe as well as across the globe with heatwaves and floods affecting Germany, North-West Europe, Greece, Turkey, Spain and Italy.

 

This year's Advent Appeal will go to agencies supporting people affected by man-made climate change.

Greece has been hit hard by climate change disaster this year.


 Among the agencies that will receive assistance from the Bishop's is Apostoli, a well known Greek charity associated with the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. 


More information can be found on this page at the Diocese in Europe's website.


If you wish to support the appeal you can  do so:

by credit card on the Diocese in Europe Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/diocese-ineurope


By cheque made out to: Diocese in Europe (Advent Appeal 2021)

Send to: Nick Wraight, Diocese in Europe, 14 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QZ

By bank transfer to: Account number: 40317039 Sort code: 20-06-13

IBAN: GB16 BUKB 2006 1340 3170 39 Swiftbic: BUKBGB22




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/