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Trinity 18 2017 | Patras

Harvest Sermon preached at Patras Church –  15th October 2017

I have not been in the Peloponnese since 1978. I sailed by ferry from  Italy to Patras, and then on to Athens for three weeks study at the British School (of Archaology and Topography). From the School we visited Mycenae, Epidavros, Olympia and Korinth. So after such a long time it is good to be back.

There is a legend, of course, about a monk called St. Regulus, who visited Patras and took possession of some of the bones of St. Andrew and transported them to the east coast of Scotland, giving the name to the town and later the University of St. Andrews. This year the university celebrates its 600th anniversary, and it was my first university. So some little connections!

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Trinity 18 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Isiaiah 25, 1-9; Philippians 4, 1-9; Matt 22, 1-14

 

Many years ago I was a Team Rector in North East Suffolk. Lynne and I lived in a small market town called Halesworth  near to Southwold famous for its Adnams beer, and Adnams is a very good wine supplier as well. I recommend the Adnams ‘Fizz’ which friends from Suffolk used to bring us as a present when we were in Crawley and Cirencester.

Halesworth Team Ministry had its own very well produced church magazine called Team Times. The quality of its production was really only possible because we had a truly wonderful woman called Margaret Deering who sold advertising space to local businesses. READ MORE

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St. Paul’s Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival celebration takes places on Sunday 18th October at the Kokotos Estate, Semeli Str., Stamata, Attica 145 75. We warmly invite you to join us in celebrating this year’s harvest in the winery’s beautiful surroundings.READ MORE

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Wedding

Natalia and Christian Reihe celebrate with a blessing of their marriage in St. Paul’s church, Athens. In the short homily, picking up phrase from a poem called ‘Someone’ Fr. Leonard developed the idea that love is about the heart in communion with the heart, and that this is how we connect to the heart of God’s love for us.READ MORE

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Trinity 14 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Matthew 18, 21-36

Today the Church of England remembers the Battle of Britain. Between  1940 and 1941 the Royal Air Force fought the Luftwaffe against very heavy odds in a period commonly called ‘the blitz’. London, Portsmouth, Bath, Coventry, the Clyde in Glasgow – all these and more suffered from the bombing campaign of Germany. In September  of that same year RAF Bomber command began a series of night raids over Germany that marked a turning point in the war with Germany as the RAF disrupted German plans to invade Britain in what was known as Operation Sea Lion.

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Baptisms

On Sunday 20th August, Baby Zoe Athena Constantidis was welcomed into our congregation as she was baptised at St Paul’s. We send her and her family our congratulations and ask everyone to keep them in your prayers.

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Trinity 12 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Jeremiah 15, 15-21; Rom 12, 9-end; Matt 16, 21-end

There are times when other people drag you down. Lynne and I are generally quite cheerful and positive people. In our various parishes over the years we have encountered some very gloomy people indeed. These are people for whom it is always December, but never Christmas; always Lent but never Easter. When we encounter such people it is such a temptation to enter into their gloominess and share the negative views that they are spouting out. In my last parish we decided that whenever anyone said anything negative we would counter it with the exact opposite – even if we are feeling the same as them, or sharing their views. It made quite a difference, in fact, and some people either gave up expressing anything to us, or genuinely started to be a bit more positive.

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Trinity 10 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Isaiah 56,1, 6-8; Romans 11, 1-2, 29-32; Matthew 15, 21-28

It is funny how zoological my preaching seems to be at the moment. Some of you might remember a sermon I preached here a couple of years ago about how to eat an elephant – ‘in small pieces’. Then over the last few weeks we connected the little guinea pig type animal called a hyrax  to its nearest relative, which is an elephant;  then last week we had the irritated pig. Today we are keeping up the theme.

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Trinity 9 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Romans 10,5-13; St. Matthew 14, 22-33

I had dinner the other evening with a couple I haven’t met before. They are Athenians but now live in America. They are here on a family holiday. The reason we met up is because we have a mutual friend who works alongside them in New York. So as we were chatting away Kosta came up with a phrase I hadn’t heard before and I immediately liked it. Here it is:

‘It is very difficult to teach a pig to dance, and what’s more it irritates the pig’.

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Trinity 6 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Is 44, 6-8; Romans 8 12-25; Matt 13, 24-30, 36-43

I wonder how many of you know what a Hirax is? It is a funny little creature that you find in parts of north and east Africa. Strangely enough you also find them around the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Hiraxes are a little bigger than guinea pigs, have special padded feet that allow them to climb on rocks and they are very good at jumping. They entertain tourists and pilgrims effectively when they visit Galilee. So far you might think I’m making it up, but the best is yet to come. Although this little mammal is like a large guinea pig the nearest animal to it genetically in the animal kingdom is the elephant. There you are – now you are convinced I’m telling you a pack of lies.

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Trinity 4 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

When the Body of Christ, whose sign is the church, is invited forward to receive the signs of Christ’s body and blood, the bread and the wine, there are a number of choices for the words we can use. One option is ‘Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you. Eat and drink in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

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The Induction of the Revd. Canon Leonard Wallace Doolan

About sixty-five people gathered in St. Paul’s on June 30th, a swelteringly hot evening, to witness the Induction of Father Leonard. Among the guests were representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church, including the Bishop of Nazianzou, Theodoritos, and Bishop Gabriel. Also in attendance was Embassy staff, members of the Salvation Army and Apostoli. The Greek Evangelical Church was also represented. Last but not least, our outgoing and much-loved Father Malcolm and his wife, Olga. The Archdeacon paid tribute to Father Malcolm and thanked him for his work during his ministry here.

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Welcoming Fr Leonard Doolan

Following the inauguration of the new Chaplain next Friday, we would like to invite all Parishioners, old and new, from Kifissia to Glyfada to Voula to attend the Sung Eucharist next Sunday 2 July to welcome Fr Leonard Doolan as he celebrates his first service with us. We look forward to seeing you there!

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A “Mysterious Worshiper” at St Paul’s

The Mystery Worshipper, which produced this report, is run by shipoffools.com, the online magazine of Christian unrest. Mystery Worshippers are volunteers who visit churches of all denominations worldwide, leaving a calling card in the collection plate and posting a first-timer’s impression of services on Ship of Fools.

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The Co-incidence of the Western and Orthodox Easter

Normally the Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ later than the catholic one. While the issue is somewhat complicated, it may be summarized in the two factors at work that cause this conflict in dates:

1) The issue of the calendar; and
2) the adherence by the Orthodox to the early practices of the Christian Church.

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Thank you!

We are immensely grateful to Friesland Campina, manufacturers of the NOYNOY Evaporated milk that we have been collecting for the refugee children in the camps on Samos.

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Our Junior Church

The theme of Creation has kept our young ones busy for quite a while now. They present their art work to the congregation at the end of the Sunday service. READ MORE

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The first meeting of the Board of the Anglican Church in Greece

On 9th February, in the presence of Archdeacon Colin Williams and others, the members of the Board of the Anglican Church in Greece (Canon Malcolm Bradshaw of Athens, Rev’d Philip Lambert of Crete, Rev’d Julian Wilson of Corfu and Churchwarden, Marie-Jeanne Morphy Karatza of Patras) met for their first meeting in Athens. READ MORE

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Lenten Almsgiving

The Anglican Church in Athens works closely with MedIn, a Greek NGO. MedIn has a strong presence in the reception centre for refugees in Samos.  READ MORE

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A successor to Fr. Malcolm

On Sunday 19th February it was officially announced that the Rev’d Canon Leonard Doolan has been appointed to succeed Fr. Malcolm as Senior Chaplain in Athens. He will take up the post on 1st July. The interview, chaired by Bishop Robert the Diocesan, was held in Athens on the 9th February. Churchwarden Nigel Daniels and Susan Stephosrepresented the Chaplaincy on the interviewing panel.

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Community Connect celebrates the New Year

On the second and third Wednesdays of January Community Connect in Athens and Kifissia met to celebrate the New Year by cutting the traditional Vassilopitta – the Cake of St Basel (New Year’s Cake) whose feast day falls on 1st January.

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Baptism of Justin Paige Allen

Justin Paige Allen was presented to the Congregation of the Anglican Church in Athens last Sunday by his proud parents Marcos and Amy Allen, as we said ‘Prayers of Thanksgiving ​for the Gift of a Child’.

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The Singalong Messiah

Handel’s Messiah Sing Along

Sunday 11 December 2016

St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens was filled with a chorus of voices as members of the public, choirs and professional soloists took part in a Sing Along performance of Handel’s Messiah.

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Bird Psalm

The Swallow said,
He comes like me,
Longed for; unexpectedly.

The superficial eye
Will pass him by,
Said the Wren.

The best singer ever heard.
No one will take much notice,
Said the Blackbird.

The Owl said,
He is who, who is he
Who enters the heart as soft
As my soundless wings, as me.

Capturing the spirit of Christmas as only a poet can, U.A. Fanthorpe, CBE (1929-2009) would send out cards to relatives and friends with verse according to the whim of the moment. ‘Bird Psalm’ is included in her book Christmas Poems, BC-AD, illustrated by Nick Wadley and published in 2002 by Enitharmon Press, which presents the entirety of these original Christmas cards.

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Sing-along Messiah

For the sixth year running, St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens is delighted to host the popular “Sing-along Messiah” on Sunday 11th December at 8.00pm.

Scores are available to purchase at the door should you wish to sing along with the choir, or just come along and relax as you listen once again to this beautiful and uplifting score.

If you wish to practice beforehand the programme for the evening can be downloaded here

Tickets €5, Students & unemployed €3.

All proceeds go towards supporting St Paul’s and the Charities we work with.

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Remembrance Sunday at St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens

On Sunday 13th November, Fr Malcolm led the congregation in a Service of Remembrance to honour all those who died in the Two World Wars and in subsequent conflicts around the world. Official guests included Their Excellences the Ambassadors for Great Britain, Ireland, Canada and Slovakia, theConsul General for New Zealand, and the British, French and Canadian Defence Attaches.The Rev Rabbi Gabriel Negrin of the Beth Shalom Synagogue was also in attendance.

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New Kifissia venue for Community Connect coffee mornings

As of October 2016, Community Connect coffee mornings in Kifissia, held every third Wednesday of the month, have a new venue: the Loida Scripture Union Home for the Elderly (one of the Chaplaincy charities), Ionias 46 & Levidou, Kifissia (above Harilaou Trikoupi).  Drivers please be aware of the one-way system!READ MORE

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Summer Services at St. Paul’s

Greek summer and the lure of blue skies and blue sea is strong… But whether you admire the wide horizon from a mountainside or from the sea shore, if you’re in town over the weekend do attend services on a Sunday! Consult the Calendar for the exact time – and be assured of a smiling welcome.

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THE ORDINATION AS DEACON OF CHRISTINE SACCALI

Sunday 3rd July was a time of joyful celebration as, for the ordination of our Reader, Christine Saccali, to the Distinctive Diaconate, we welcomed to Athens Bishop David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese in Europe, together with the Archdeacon of the East, the Ven. Colin Williams; the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Rev. Canon William Gulliford; the Deacon of the Rite and Preacher, the Rev. Deacon Frances Hill; and, the Rev. Robin Fox (who acted as Bishop David’s chaplain during the Service).READ MORE

WE REMEMBER

In a “postcard” from the Yorkshire Dales, Jean Mertzanakis links the exhibition at St. Paul’s in honour of those who fought in the Great War to the commemoration included on Armed Forces Day in the market town of Skipton.READ MORE

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Easter Services at St. Paul’s

As we enter Holy Week and prepare for Easter Sunday -Christianity’s most important and oldest festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ- here is a reminder of the services scheduled at St. Paul’s Anglican Church over this period.READ MORE

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Easter Services at St. Paul’s

As Lent progresses through Passiontide and on to Holy Week, before culminating with Easter Sunday -the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church celebrating the resurrection of Christ- here is a reminder of the services scheduled at St. Paul’s Anglican Church over this period.READ MORE

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Fr Malcolm on Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

We are delighted to announce that our Chaplain, the Rev. Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
The citation reads as follows: ‘Rev. Canon Malcolm McNeille Bradshaw. Senior chaplain, Anglican church (Greece). For services to interfaith understanding and community charities.’
We send him our heartiest congratulations!

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Responding to the refugee crisis in Greece

In recent weeks, Fr. Malcolm has received an increasing number of questions about the refugees arriving in Greece and the response of the Anglican Church in Athens to this ongoing humanitarian crisis. In order to inform the greatest number possible, he has summarized the Chaplaincy’s response to the refugee crisis since last September.

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Navid’s story recounted by Max McClellan

Max McClellan, coordinator of Us in Greece for the refugee crisis, reports on the story of Afghan refugees fleeing violence and persecution. Us (formerly known as USPG) is the oldest of the Church of England’s missionary/aid organisations.READ MORE

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How do you eat an elephant

THE QUESTION is put – how do you eat an elephant. The answer is – in small pieces.

“How do you eat an elephant?” These were the opening words of the sermon given by the Rev. Canon Leonard Doolan, vicar of Cirencester, at St Paul’s Athens, on the 13th September after the reading of Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Four Thousand with only seven loaves and a few fish (Matthew, 15:29-39).

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Shampoos for the refugees

OVER THE last few months, we visited most hotels in central Athens asking them to donate shower gel and shampoo leftovers in aid of the St. Paul’s refugee appeal. Electra Palace Hotel was the only one to respond and their contribution is illustrated on the photograph above. Electra Palace Hotel features Korres toiletries and presented the leftovers packed in full bottles. We take this opportunity to thank both Electra Palace Hotel and Korres for donating both quantity and quality.

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Church Bazaar 1979

WE HAVE been asked this year to organise a new stall for the annual Church Bazaar, to be known as the Cosmetics Stall, and we would like to appeal to the members of the congregation for small gifts for the stall. If you are going to the U.K. yourself during the next few months or if you have friends or relatives coming to stay who might have spare corners in their luggage and who wouldn’t mind helping us transport small items, we should be very grateful for anything from the following list: –

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62nd Anglican Church Athens Christmas Bazaar

THE CHRISTMAS Bazaar is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Anglican Church in Athens – and also the oldest such event in the Greek capital. This year it takes place at the Aigli Restaurant in the Zappeion Gardens, right in the centre of Athens, on Sunday 29th November 2015, from 11am till 3:30pm.

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Bishop Robert in Athens

IN MID-JANUARY 2015 Bishop Robert visited Greece as a guest of the Archbishop of Athens and also spent time with Fr Malcolm and members of the Chaplaincy. He met with representatives of Anglican congregations from Athens, Crete, Corfu, Patras and Nafplion, in order to discuss the new Constitution of the Anglican Church in Greece, and he and Fr Malcolm also visited some of the organisations we work within our outreach programme.

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British churches respond to Greek crisis

ON THE 15TH and 16th September 2015, in an unprecedented display of Christian Unity, a delegation of British church representatives of all denominations flew directly to Thessaloniki, and then travelled to the border post of Eidomeni, to witness firsthand the plight of the thousands of refugees crossing into FYROM.

On the same evening, the delegates attended a dinner in Athens organised by Fr Malcolm together with representatives of the Christian denominations in Athens and the UNHCR.

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