ST. PAUL’S NEWS

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St Paul's Christmas Bazaar

The 65th Annual Christmas Bazaar of the Anglican Church St Paul’s will take place on Sunday 25th November 2018, between 11.00 and 15.30 hrs, at the Aegli Zappiou restaurant, off Vas. Olgas Street, in the heart of Athens.

With many wonderful stalls to explore there will be something for all ages and all purses.  Come along and get all your Christmas Presents under one roof.

Fr Christmas will be present and there is a special corner for the children where they can create their own  Christmas Cards or pick a lucky dip.

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The Countdown has begun

Here it is Folks! Our Famous Christmas Countdown. Only 12 days to go before our Christmas Bazaar – What will we find there?
Maybe something out of Africa? (Though it’s a shame Robert Redford won’t be there!)

You may find a cuddly lion on our Toy Stall though!

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St Paul's marks Remembrance Sunday 100 years after the end of the First World War

Remembrance Sunday in Athens was marked by a service in St Paul’s, with HE The British Ambassador, Kate Smith, and many other Ambassadors and representatives of the Commonwealth present. H.E. read the gospel whilst a member of her staff read a lesson and the “ode of remembrance”.  A wreath of poppies was placed on the alter by Church Warden Nigel Daniels and at 11.00 hrs the entire congregation processed outside to witness the ringing of the bell just as the bells were rung across the UK at the appointed hour.

Afterwards many people travelled down to the beautiful CWGC cemetery at Alimos,  where an international gathering attended by Ambassadors and representatives of many nations, faith leaders, schools and other organisations, sang hymns, and listened to readings.  It was also wonderful to have the choir of contributing to the ceremony at Alimos, singing two pieces specially composed for the occasion by their music teacher, Dimitri Orlov: a captivating and moving performance.

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HISTORY & TEAM ST. PAUL’S

ST. PAUL’S ATHENS: HERE SINCE 1843

Welcome to St. Paul’s Anglican Church Athens, the earliest foreign church in the Greek capital!

Consecrated on Palm Sunday in 1843 by the Rt. Rev. George Tomlinson, Bishop of Gibraltar, St. Paul’s has been a steady focus ever since of worship, pastoral care and cultural activities for the English-speaking residents of Athens, as well as for visitors journeying through the city. For the Anglican Church, it is both a joy and a privilege to have a presence in a land that has such prominence in the New Testament. It gives us great delight if you are able share this privilege with us as a resident, as a visitor or as a pilgrim.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church is at 27, Philellinon Street & Amalias Avenue, near Syntagma Square in the centre of Athens.

We are

A WARM-HEARTED

lively group, open to others and welcoming. We provide social welfare, pastoral care to those in need, to the homeless and refugees, as well as to unaccompanied migrant minors.

We offer

A PLACE

of worship, Christian education, spiritual growth and cultural activities to English-speaking residents of Athens and visitors journeying through the city.

We make a

STRONG POINT

of fostering good relations with other mainstream Christian Churches and humanitarian organizations in the city, around Greece and in the rest of the world.

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SENIOR CHAPLAIN

Rev. Canon Leonard Doolan

Resides in central Athens

Tel.: (+30) 210 721 4906

info@anglicanchurchathens.gr

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DEACON & LICENSED READER

There is a deacon and a licensed reader:

Deacon:
Rev. Christine Saccali

csaccali@yahoo.co.uk

Licensed reader:
Mrs Sherry Angelis

sherstar@otenet.gr

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CHURCH WARDENS

There are two church wardens:

Mr Nigel Daniels (St. Paul’s)

nigeltd@yahoo.co.uk

Mrs Susan Stephos (St. Paul’s)

susanstephos5@gmail.com

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YEARS IN ATHENS

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MEALS A DAY FOR THE HOMELESS

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YEARS OF A CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

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EUROS RAISED SINCE 2012 FOR THE GREEK CRISIS VICTIMS & REFUGEES

PASTORAL CARE

A FULL WELFARE PROGRAMME: EVERY WEEK

Social welfare is part of the programme of the Anglican Church in Athens. The Anglican Church helps with the ‘Church in the Street’ ecumenical project, whereby 800 meals are distributed to homeless people daily. It is also associated with caring for those with Down Syndrome, a Senior Citizens’ home and, more recently, has been tirelessly involved with the refugee crisis.

ST. PAUL’S
offers a place to worship
IN THE CENTRE OF ATHENS

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responds to the
REFUGEE CRISIS DAILY

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provides food & comfort to
THE HOMELESS DAILY

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works hand-in-hand with other
CHURCHES IN GREECE

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collaborates with the
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

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helps unaccompanied
MIGRANT MINORS

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provides
GUIDANCE & ADVICE

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organises cultural events
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

CULTURE ST. PAUL’S

AN EXCITING CULTURAL PROGRAMME EVERY YEAR

Every year, St. Paul’s organises a tapestry of cultural events, where music is predominant. The church building’s excellent acoustics and the beautiful tone of its organ provide the ideal combination for a series of spring concerts. Recitals of early music are also held in the autumn, among others by the Ex Silentio ensemble and the Brussels Virtuosi Orchestra. These are complemented by a ‘sing-along’ of Handel’s Messiah at the approach of Christmas, where everybody can add their voice and rejoice.

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THE OLDEST PIPE ORGAN IN GREECE

St. Paul’s Church is the proud owner of a pipe organ made by the reputed organ makers William Hill & Sons at the turn of the 20th century. Installed in 1901 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, it plays a central role in our services, as well as being a rare outlet in Greece for the corpus of music associated with the organ.

EXCELLENT ACOUSTICS

St. Paul’s excellent acoustics and the beautiful tone of its organ provide the ideal combination for concerts and musical events, so that Hellenic and foreign orchestras, choirs and soloists seek out its use. Indeed, in 2015, Christina Antoniadou, our organist and director of the annual Spring Organ Concerts, received an award from EFFE (Europe for Festival, Festival for Europe) ‘for outstanding quality, as well as making a significant impact at the local, national and international level’.

FREE EVENTS

A number of free events are held annually in St. Paul’s, offering the opportunity to mingle with like-minded people, fellow English-speakers and interesting ‘outsiders’. Some are regular, such as the ‘sing-along’ of Handel’s Messiah or the children’s Easter Egg hunt, while others relate to important events, like the commemoration of the Great War’s centenary. Check out our posts to see what is on and then come and join us!

MONTHLY CHORAL EVENSONG

The Schola Sanctorum Sancti Pauli is unique as a school for Renaissance and Baroque polyphony in Greece. Funded by its current director Iason Marmaras in 2016 it works closely with the Centre for Early Music of the Athens Conservatoire and St Paul’s to provide its Scholares with a high-level education in the singing of polyphony through monthly lectures, rehearsals and performances.

BOOKING ST. PAUL’S

Steal a march on your competitors, impress with your originality, think outside the box: give an extra dimension to the event you are planning by booking the premises of St. Paul’s Church – or its garden when the weather is fine. A listed building with excellent acoustics, it offers itself as a backdrop for a wide range of events, from wine tastings to photography exhibitions, fashion shoots to lectures, concerts to book presentations. You name it – and we’ll help you do it!

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ST. PAUL’S CARES

CHURCH MATTERS AND MUCH MORE

The Chaplaincy is actively involved in the world surrounding it, whether this relates to those made vulnerable by the ongoing economic crisis in Greece, the refugees fleeing war and insecurity, or the problems faced by members of its congregation. People matter – and St. Paul’s considers that, beyond matters of faith, its ministry should be open to the world, collaborating with other Christian Churches, helping as many as it can, while also tending to its flock. Join us in our weekly services, participate in our events, contribute to our endeavours to make our world a better one!

SUPPORTING ST. PAUL’S

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Contrary to popular belief, we do not receive any funding whether from the Britisih government or the Church of England.

We have to meet all our financial needs on our own and struggle to cover our core costs. We have to raise every single cent ourselves and are reliant on the generosity of supporters to be able to deliver vital help and care. Every gift helps ensure St. Paul’s can continue to offer moments of peace, reflection and prayer to all who seek it. Some companies and individuals already contribute regularly and for their generosity we are grateful and most thankful. We sincerely hope you will join them and make a donation – we need your help!

Thank you and God bless you!

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St. Paul’s Anglican Church is a beautiful building of great historical interest. It is a well-known landmark, situated at the busy junction of Philellinon Street and Queen Amalias Avenue, opposite the National Gardens. Built in early 19th-century Gothic style and consecrated on Palm Sunday, 1843, it is a listed building with excellent acoustics and a church organ, the oldest working pipe organ in Greece. Discover it!

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