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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.


Awake daughter, awake!

Don on your strength, daughter Zion!

Don your beautiful garments, daughter,

Jerusalem, the holy city. - Isaiah 52.1


We enter the season of Sundays after Epiphany, but the world knows it, as it were, as Omicrontide. We are weary of the continued restrictions, the necessity for further jabs, and the postponement of plans, whether for journeys to see loved ones, or for "elective" surgeries and procedures.


In Epiphany we recall in our gospel readings how God is shown forth to the world. In tomorrow's gospel we hear how the pre-adolescent Jesus went to the Temple courts in Jerusalem and taught his elders there - a pre-figuring of his later Jerusalem teachings. We also hear the words headlined above in tomorrow's first reading from Isaiah. Scholars suggest this part of Isaiah was written at a time of exile, when the hoped-for restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem was still distant. And yet the prophet proclaimed that Zion would rise again in power, bringing good news, gathering the people of God. As Christians, we find this realized in the person of Jesus Christ, despite our personal exiles in this strange and problematic time. 

 

We will continue to meditate on this tomorrow in the readings from scripture (Isaiah 52.1-10, Psalm 36.5-10, 1 Corinthians 1.26-31, and Luke 2.41-51) and in song. Please join us in person or online. Our musician, Gina Zagni, found a new hymn while on vacation in England late last year, and we will sing it as our first act of praise.


I remind you that If you are joining us in person, Covid 19 restrictions for churches apply. Thus, masks are to be worn, social distancing will be observed, and either a Vaccination Certificate or a negative lab test certificate, with Photo ID, will be required to be shown at the door. I myself have recently had my booster, and I check myself every Saturday with a rapid lateral flow test to ensure that I have not become inadvertently infected - so far, so good!


To join us online enter the following into your Zoom app: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927, Passcode: 010209. The parts of the service that you need will be shared on Zoom. 


The Anglican Church in Greece

including

Holy Trinity Corfu

St Paul’s Athens, &

St Thomas’s Crete

All around us we see changing understandings of human identity, changing patterns in relationships and families, changing sexual attitudes and activity. What does it mean for us as followers of Jesus to walk in love, faith and holiness today?

Living in Love and Faith (“LLF”) is a five-session course which provides a structured and accessible way for local groups to learn about and reflect on these questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Through the use of videos and the study of scripture it enables Christians (especially Anglicans) to discuss the diversity of opinion on these matters. LLF was commissioned and commended for study by the House of Bishops of the Church of England. Bishop Robert Innes and Bishop David Hamid in the Diocese in Europe have asked every chaplaincy to provide opportunities for our members to participate in LLF. To that end the congregations in the Anglican Church in Greece are working together to do this online via Zoom. People outside of Greece are also welcome to participate.

Bruce Bryant-Scott, the priest in Crete, has agreed to facilitate the five sessions. We will meet Wednesdays at 7:30 – 9:00 PM EET (6:30 -8:00 PM CET). The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86791205487 and the meeting ID is 867 9120 5487. The dates will be:

Wednesday, January 12

Wednesday January 19

Wednesday January 26

Wednesday February 2

Wednesday, February 9

For more information, contact Bruce at [email protected], or have a look at the Church of England LLF website at https://llf.churchofengland.org/.


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 for the last 2 years 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 and the Hellenic Government, 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 days are getting longer!

May you be enlightened with both sunshine and the the light of Christ!

God be with you! 

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/