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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CONCERTS AT ST PAUL’

PLEASE NOTE that all CONCERTS at St Paul’s have been cancelled by their Organisers with immediate effect.  This is in line with Government Policy.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for further information and for details of when the concerts will re-commence.  We apologise to everyone for their disappointment and pray that these measures will be effective in helping to eradicate the virus so that we can welcome visitors to St Paul’s once again.

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St. Paul’s Anglican Church response to the Coronavirus

St. Paul’s Anglican Church response to the Coronavirus

At public worship:

  • Sanitize hands on entering and leaving the building
  • Do not shake hands or do ‘kissy-kissy’ greetings
  • Have gel or wipes with you at all times
  • Bread only distributed at Holy Communion

We will follow Government directives about any church closures. The Wednesday Liturgy is suspended for the next few weeks anyway.

If St. Paul’s has to close, and no worship can be provided there will always be a weekly sermon posted on the website – in printed form, and where possible, a voice recording. You can access these also on Facebook.

There is a very good ‘Daily Prayer’ app that you could download for free, and you will get Anglican Morning and Evening Prayer provided. It is very simple to use.

At home you might set aside time each day for some quiet reflection and prayer. Keep in touch with the elderly and in particular any known to you who live alone. At present shops that deliver food can stay open.

Pray for one another, and all who are suffering worldwide from this virus – including those whose livelihoods are affected eg. tourism

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Bishop Robert visits the Anglican Church in Greece

The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, known to us as Bishop Robert, arrived in Athens on Tuesday 18th February, accompanied by his wife Helen. On the Tuesday evening they attended a reception at the new Swedish Centre in Plaka hosted by Father Bjorn and subsequently visited Holy Trinity, Corfu and St. Andrew’s, Patras.

In Athens they attended a formal dinner for the leaders of several denominations, scholars and academics. This was hosted by H.E. Kate Smith, British Ambassador to Greece. During the visit Bishop Robert met with His Beatitude Geronomis, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, and presented him with a specially commissioned icon of Father Sofronios of Essex who, as a monk from Mount Athos, travelled to England and founded a monastery there. A visit to Hestia Hellas, the centre for migrants and refugees suffering from trauma which is supported by St. Paul’s, also took place.

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The first Community Connect Coffee Morning of 2020

Wednesday 12th February saw the inauguration of the new Swedish Centre as the venue for our Community Connect coffee mornings. The address is Sotiris 7, Plaka, beside the lovely little Church of the Metamorphosis and very near to St. Paul’s. The building is traditional in many ways, with sturdy wooden staircases between floors and windows with wooden surrounds overlooking Plaka’s streets. About 50 people were present to catch up with news after the Christmas break, celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and enjoy the Vassilopitta, blessed by Father Leonard. As usual, Anne and her helpers did sterling work, setting up in new surroundings and working out what went where. The atmosphere was cosy and welcoming and we once again felt that we were in a little bit of Sweden.

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Thank you St Paul’s

Dear friends

Through our Facebook and Web pages we’d like to thank you all for the beautiful ornament which you so kindly presented to us on our last day at St Paul’s.
It has been our pleasure and an honour to serve the community and in turn we thank you for the warmth and friendship that has been extended to us.  We believe that you will be a hard act to follow as we look for a new Church Community to belong to.

 

Your statue now has pride of place in our sitting room and will serve as a constant reminder of our time in Athens as well as a tug on our heartstrings to come back to Greece where we have both left a little piece of our hearts.

 

Please share this with anyone who might not be able to view this as we extend to them and to you all our sincere thanks.

With love from Nigel and Caroline xxx

 

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 7 – 16 September 2020

Led by Fr Leonard Doolan, Senior Chaplain Athens

10 Days based in Jerusalem and Galilee

 

“It is always very moving to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there is so much to see and experience and learn together. St Jerome said: ‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you”

Organised by McCabe Pilgrimages, an organisation who has been running these tours for many years, the trip will entail a 6 night stay at the Golden Walls hotel in Jerusalem visiting many Biblical and Historical sights such as The Mt of Olives, Bethlehem, The Via Dolorosa and the Dead Sea.

Thereafter a Three night stay at the Ron BeachHotel by the Sea of Galilee with visits to places associated with Jesus’ early life and ministry.

For more information and full details of the programme please click here

Christingle Blog

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE AT ST PAUL’S

This Sunday’s 10.15 Liturgy will be a Christingle Service and we hope many families will attend. For those who have not attended a Christingle service before here are some details about what it’s all about:

The symbolism of Christingle

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:

The orange represents the world
The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
The four cocktail sticks represent the four corners of the earth
The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations,
The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

It is traditional at a Christingle Service to bring along a present for underprivileged children and this year we will be collecting new toys for Hestia Hellas.

Special Services Blog

Special Services at St Paul’s during December 2019

From traditional to contemporary, there is something for everyone to enjoy at St Paul’s this December.

Our festive Christmas singalong on Sunday 8th December, is a hit with the whole family with songs both old and new and traditional carols being sung all washed down with warm mulled wine and Panetone.  Fr Leonard conducting “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is the real highlight of the evening.  There will be a 5€ entry charge for those aged 16yrs+  and a retiring collection.  Arrive early to obtain a seat!

 

Our Choral Evensong  with the Scola Cantorum takes place on 22nd December and the traditional service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve brings a more reflective side to the season.

 

There will be no Singalong Messiah this year, but save your voices for next December – we’ll be back!

 

Check out St Paul’s Calendar here for full details of dates and times

 

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66th Annual Christmas Bazaar – 24th November 2019

Our 66th Annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Sunday 24th November at Aegli Zappiou, Athens, from 11.00 hrs to 15.30 hrs. Fantastic prizes to be won, delicious food, wine, books, Gifts, Calendars, Tea Towels, Toys, Good as New Clothes, and many more stalls.

Fr Christmas will be arriving at 12.00 so make sure you don’t miss him!

Once again we are asking for your help to make our Christmas Bazaar a success. We need:
> Small Christmas cakes, cakes and biscuits of any kind for our cake stall.
>Sandwiches and Cakes for Refreshments
>Tins or Boxes of Tea
>Home Made preserves & jams
>Books, CD’s, DVD’s, Toys (only complete jigsaws please)
>Jewellery, stationery, Christmas Decorations
>Bric-a-Brac
>Gifts
>Small prizes for the Tombola, eg perfumes, toiletries, wine, small gifts
>Good quality 2nd hand clothes.

 

COLLECTION OF GOODS AT ST PAUL’S CHURCH, FILELLINON 27, SYNTAGMA, FROM SUNDAY 17/11/19 TO SATURDAY 23/11/19 BETWEEN 10.00 AND 13.30 HRS.

Do come along – everyone welcome at this happy and enjoyable event.

 

 

 

Evensong blog

29th Choral Evensong Sunday 27th October 2019

29th Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Sunday, October 27th, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Philellinon 27, 10557 Syntagma.

Cantores & Cappella Sancti Pauli conducted by Iason Marmaras

Minister: The Reverend Canon Leonard Doolan

free admission

 

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The Renaissance Choral Evensong services at St Paul’s are organised by the Schola Cantorum Sancti Pauli, the Athens Centre for Early Music (of the Ατhens Conservatory), and St Paul’s Anglican Church.

The Cappella Sancti Pauli, under the direction of Iason Marmaras, sing a series of Choral Evensong services that aim to revive the musical and liturgical practice at Cathedrals and Chapels during the Renaissance, but also the music as experienced by musicians in those times, seeing the music as a functional part of the liturgy, rather than as a building block for concerts.